Program overview

Rider’s online MAcc is designed to fast track your career in accounting or help you break into this growing field. You will study in one of only two schools in New Jersey with AACSB accreditation in accounting and a reputation for excellence recognized by employers in accounting, finance and consulting. Rider’s program offers courses in an online, asynchronous format so you’re able to earn your degree without disruption to your busy schedule. You have the ability to pick the specialization that interests you and matches your career goals: business analytics, finance, information systems, sport management and forensic accounting. Our rigorous curriculum will help prepare you to sit for the CPA exam and to earn additional licenses.

Designed to fit your life

You need a program that works with your busy life. Rider’s online MAcc program offers 100% online asynchronous courses and a choice of multiple start terms throughout the year. We’re ready when you are.

Six convenient start dates

  • Fall - Early September and mid-October
  • Spring - Late-January and mid- March
  • Summer - Mid-May and early July 
Student faculty collaboration in classroom

Program requirements

Our 30 credit online MAcc program focuses on meeting you where you are. Credits required vary based on your undergraduate degree and grades. Students with a background in accounting can waive up to 15 foundation credits so you can start building on your knowledge right away and may complete the program in one year.

Don’t have an accounting background? Get up to speed with 25.5 credits in our foundation courses (depending on your undergrad major) that will give you a solid accounting background on which to build your advanced knowledge. 

The program fulfills the requirements for CPA licensure. The MAcc curriculum has a practical focus on technology, and its impact on accounting, to equip graduates with the business analytics and communication skills necessary to succeed in today’s accounting profession.

Career-focused concentrations and certificates

During your time at Rider, you will have a dedicated academic advisor who will help you select the electives that will match your career aspirations. You may choose to complete a concentration or certificate to supplement your accounting knowledge. Concentrations include business analytics, finance, information systems, sport management and forensic accounting. With just one additional course, you can add a certificate in business analytics, sport management or forensic accounting to your degree. You may also choose to use your electives in a more strategic fashion, so you build the unique skills and knowledge to take you where you want to go in your career.

Why choose Rider?

  • Learn 100% online, asynchronously, with small class sizes
  • Same great Master of Accountancy curriculum as the on-ground MAcc to give you the excellent education you deserve
  • #1 ranked in Top 35 Online Master's in Accounting Degree Programs, 2021.
  • Rated "Most Diverse Curriculum" by, 2022.
  • Choose from six convenient start dates in the fall, spring or summer
  • There is no GMAT requirement for the online MAcc program
  • Affordable online courses with a variety of financing options
  • Complete your degree in 21 months or less
  • Focus on you and your needs with personal attention from the faculty and staff

Common careers

As a graduate of Rider's industry-aligned program, you'll demonstrate the technical competencies and interpersonal skills valued by leading firms and will be prepared for the CPA or other accounting licensure or certificate exams.

Rider has relationships with all Big 4 accounting firms as well as national and regional firms. Rider graduates land jobs at Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC and other leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Career opportunities

  • Public accounting - Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Audit Manager
  • Venture Strategist
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Forensic Accountant
  • Tax Associate
  • Global Mobility Services Tax Associate
  • Controller
Students study together on Rider campus

4+1 accelerated program

Undergraduate students can accelerate their education by earning a B.S.B.A. in Accounting in four years, plus a MAcc degree in one additional year. Get the credits you need to sit for the CPA exam. Scholarships are available for incoming first-year undergraduates. 

Tuition benefits for University partners

Rider University is proud to partner with local and international businesses and organizations to promote professional development and make higher education more accessible. Tuition discounts and additional benefits are available for eligible employees or members, as well as their immediate family members under the age of 24, for undergraduate or graduate study. Partners include Bank of America, Prospanica, Church & Dwight, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber and more. 



Maria Sanchez


Department of Accounting

Sweigart Hall

msanchez [at]


Academic Focus: Accounting

Outside of the Sweigart Building at Night