Online Master of Accountancy

You’re more than a number cruncher.
You’re a strategist.

The world of business is continually evolving — and your skills can, too. Modern-day accounting executives need the high-level skills that can help promote company-wide financial success. It’s about more than number knowledge; it’s about being able to find solutions to complicated problems by applying expertise in communication, analytics and technology.

When you earn your online Master of Accountancy with Rider University, you prepare to gain a competitive edge in a globalizing industry. You can learn to integrate strategy, technology, an analytical approach and communication skills to help make the financial decisions that can help today’s businesses thrive.

AACSB Accredited in Accounting


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Study 100% online

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Prepare to sit for the CPA exam

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

No GMAT or GRE for eligible students

No GMAT required

Why choose Rider for your online master’s in accountancy?

Learn the business of numbers on your schedule. Our online MAcc program is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials to obtain the CPA or other professional licensures. This program is intended to build on your core mathematical competencies and foster your analytical mindset. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or gain the additional educational credentials needed to sit for the CPA exam, Rider can help you achieve your goals.

Qualify for CPA licensure

Do more than gain the required hours to sit for the CPA exam ― gain the knowledge. You can develop your technical competencies and prepare for the CPA.

Specialize your education with a concentration in Business Analytics, Finance, or Forensic Accounting. Rider’s curriculum is versatile, helping you prepare for various professional certifications to shape your career.

Prepare for success as a career changer

Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online MAcc program. Your enrollment advisor will help you prepare by pacing your foundation courses and staggering them throughout your time of study. Make a smooth transition into the program — and your new career.

Learn on your schedule

Our online master’s in accountancy gives you the flexibility to build your accounting skills around your life. You can join the online MAcc program in the fall, spring or summer and work at your own pace on a part-time basis. With Rider, you can tailor your degree to fit with your commitments. If you are looking for on-campus or hybrid learning options, please see the on-campus MAcc website for courses offered at our Lawrenceville, NJ location.

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“Rider University’s online program is very well organized and easy to function. The amount of person to person support is based on my needs, either through the program professors or dedicated graduate program staff. I have never felt that I was left to learn on my own.”

— Christine Brunner, MAcc ’21

“The Rider MAcc program was the perfect option for me as I was working full time as an Auditor and Forensic accountant at a local firm. The online MAcc was designed to support students learning what they need to move forward in their career, and I was able to complete two or three classes per semester while working full time. I chose the Rider Online Macc specifically because they offer the focus in forensics. This is the only college I found that had the high-level accreditation for their online program and offered the forensic focus.”

— Samantha Overton, MAcc ’19

Diverse accounting career opportunities

Accounting professionals remain in high demand, especially those with graduate-level credentials. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10% job growth for accountants and auditors from 2016 to 2026.

We’ve structured our MAcc program to give you a competitive edge in a thriving industry. You can gain the expertise to qualify for advanced roles in the field, including managerial and analyst positions. Your Master of Accountancy can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries*:

Financial Manager


Personal Financial Advisor


Financial Analyst


Financial Examiner


Budget Analyst


Accountant or Auditor


*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The value of your MAcc

When you graduate with your online Master of Accountancy degree from Rider University, you are prepared to prove your value and expertise as an advanced business professional. MAcc graduates can earn a 41% higher average annual salary than their undergraduate counterparts*.

The development of your accounting career is the sum of your education and your experience. Now you can choose an online MAcc program that can help elevate both. Learn to leverage your strengths in accounting to advance your skills, knowledge and professional opportunities.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook

Four concentrations. Many career paths.

You’re more than a mathematical thinker — you’re a problem solver. We offer four concentrations to help you specialize your skill set for the career you want to pursue.

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Generalist

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics concentration is designed to develop your professional skills across all aspects of business, including finance, marketing, accounting and operations. You can learn the latest industry technologies, applications and processes used by organizations to drive key business decisions.

This concentration will help you gain technical skills in complex data analytics and database management. Designed by industry experts and top executives in the field, your MAcc with a concentration in Business Analytics can prove your value to prospective employers.


Rider’s Finance concentration can prepare you for a leadership role in managerial finance in a corporate setting. Our program capitalizes on the strengths of Rider’s AACSB-accredited accounting program and nationally ranked finance program, allowing you to develop and practice skills that can lead to success in the corporate environment.

Our distinctive managerial and accounting emphasis can help put you on the CFO path. Through our program, you can become adept at synthesizing financial and accounting data, and using modeling to recommend financial strategies that impact high-level business decisions.

Forensic Accounting

The Forensic Accounting concentration is designed to prepare you for careers in investigative accounting and fraud auditing. Upon completion of the required MAcc core curriculum, you can take 3 electives to fulfill the Forensic Accounting concentration requirements.

Your Forensic Accounting concentration is designed to build your accounting knowledge and investigative strategy. These courses can prepare you for a career in public accounting, with legal firms or government agencies.


The generalist concentration is ideal for students who may not have a specific career path in mind but want to enrich their skills in multiple areas. When you choose this track, you have the opportunity to take any three courses from the business analytics, finance and forensic accounting concentrations.

This option can help make you a more well-rounded accounting professional, and can also expose you to new areas of interest that you may later choose to pursue as a career specialization.

Online Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum is designed to prepare you with real-world skills that translate to industry expertise. Develop your skills in quantitative analysis, technical knowledge and data management.

Our online courses are taught by on-campus faculty holding doctoral degrees. These professors are scholars in their fields and remain engaged in the industry.

Explore our curriculum page.

Admission requirements

Our online Master of Accountancy is a great option for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. You may transfer up to 6 graduate business credits (2 courses) from an AACSB-accredited graduate program into the online MAcc program. Transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A current résumé.

Accounting/business foundation courses may be required prior to the start of online MAcc courses. These foundation courses may be waived based on academic and professional experience. All courses are available online. Credential evaluation is available prior to applying.

Pick a start time that works for you.

Your program has to fit around your schedule. So in addition to making our MAcc degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your Master of Accountancy degree from Rider’s AACSB-accredited Norm Brodsky College of Business, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.