The Master of Science in Accounting provides you with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research competencies required to address complex accounting issues found in private corporations, governmental entities, public accounting, and not-for-profit organizations. This program extends the knowledge gained in an undergraduate accounting program to enhance your skills in written communication, research, and complex problem solving. No matter your passion, an accounting degree can help you mix that passion into your profession.
This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and has earned additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
This program has specific admission requirements.
Degree Program Objectives
- Research and appraise historic, current, and developing authoritative standards in accounting and apply them appropriately to complex financial transactions.
- Utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to produce and interpret financial statements for various types of organizations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
- Analyze, evaluate, and organize financial data to facilitate managerial decision making.
- Conduct an in-depth analysis of an organization's financial information and provide a written assessment of the results.
Degree at a Glance
|Total Semester Hours||36|
Degree Program Requirements
Institutional Requirements (9 semester hours)
|BUSN601||Global Management Perspective||3|
|Total Semester Hours||9|
Students are required to take BUSN601 as the first course and then should take BUSN602 and BUSN603 as the first three Core Requirements.
Core Requirements (12 semester hours)
|ACCT610||Advanced Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT608 - Financial Reporting & Analysis)||3|
|ACCT695||Accounting Theory and Concepts||3|
|ACCT608||Financial Reporting & Analysis||3|
|ACCT615||Individual Tax Research and Planning (ACCT610 Advanced Accounting)||3|
|Total Semester Hours||12|
Major Requirements (12 semester hours)
|International Accounting (ACCT610 Advanced Accounting )|
|Advanced Cost Accounting|
|Advanced Auditing Topics|
|Advanced Federal Taxation (Prerequisite: ACCT615 - Individual Tax Research and Planning)|
|Forensic Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT610 - Advanced Accounting)|
|Total Semester Hours||12|
Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)
Students with bachelor’s degrees that are not from an ACBSP or AACSB accredited institution will be required to complete the Institutional Requirements and will have 0 elective semester hours. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an ACBSP or AACSB accredited institution can request a waiver of the Institutional Requirements and will have 9 elective semester hours instead.
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|ACCT699||Financial Accounting Theory Capstone 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|