M.S. Accounting Areas of Study

The Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) degree provides the advanced accounting knowledge and skills that you need for a successful career as a professional accountant in public accounting, industry, government and non-profit organizations. A primary objective of the masters program is to build on the knowledge gained in an undergraduate accounting program and help prepare you to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam*, the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam, and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam. This program focuses not only on the technical and analytical skills necessary for accounting positions, but also incorporates critical communication and strategic skills required in todays fast changing world. You will learn to assess complex transactions and determine the proper treatment of those transactions in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). You will also learn advanced auditing skills to be able to enhance internal controls of an organization and identify material weaknesses in those controls. You will develop and be able to apply advanced managerial accounting techniques in real-world situations as well as become familiar with the accounting for governmental and nonprofit organizations. At the end of this program, you will have gained necessary analytical skills to address complex financial information and make appropriate recommendations to management. * Students may need to meet additional state-specific requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.


Financial Management
This course covers practical approaches to analysis and decision making in the administration of corporate funds, including capital budgeting, working capital management, and cost of capital. Topics include financial planning, management of working capital, analysis of investment opportunities, sources of long-term financing, government regulations, and global influences. You will improve your ability to interpret financial statements and manage corporate finances.


Advanced Financial Accounting
This course builds upon your accounting knowledge by focusing on advanced financial accounting topics such as consolidations, partnerships, and international accounting.

Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
This course is designed to be an introduction to the theory and practice of accounting in governmental and nonprofit entities. The course includes a thorough examination of the process of analyzing and recording transactions by governmental and nonprofit organization and their preparation of financial statements in accordance with Financial Accounting Board (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards. This course includes accounting for governmental and nonprofit entities (local, state, and federal) and voluntary organizations.

Accounting Research
The Accounting Research course is an upper level course that builds research application skills through identification of accounting issues and researching concepts related to public accounting firms, businesses, and regulating authorities. This course helps students develop analytical and research capabilities and apply the technical knowledge of accounting theory and principles to solve complex accounting problems.

Advanced Managerial Accounting
This course introduces the complexity and functionality of managerial accounting systems within an organization. It covers the topics of product costing (including Activity Based Costing), decision making (including capital budgeting), profitability analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and reporting related to managerial decision-making. This course provides the opportunity for a detailed study of how managerial accounting information supports the operational and strategic needs of an organization and how managers use accounting information for decision-making, planning and controlling activities within organizations.

Fraud and Forensic Accounting
This course provides a framework for detecting and preventing financial statement fraud. Topics include the profession’s focus and legislation of fraud, revenue- and inventory-related fraud, and liability, asset, and inadequate disclosure fraud.

Advanced Auditing
This course introduces the basic concepts, standards, procedures, and practices of auditing, the changing role of the independent auditor, professional conduct and ethics, auditor's reporting responsibilities, risk assessment, internal control, evidential matter, and management fraud. This course is designed to help you examine how the role of internal and external auditing can best be performed through studying cases of audit activities.

Advanced Tax Concepts
This course is designed to enhance your awareness of the complexities and sources of tax law and to measure and analyze the effect of various tax options. This course provides an overview of income taxes on individuals, corporations, associations, reorganizations, and corporate distributions. This course emphasizes the role of taxes in business decisions and business strategy.


Management Communication
This course prepares you for the communication challenges in organizations. Topics examined include: theories and strategies of communication, persuasion, and ethics that enhance communication to various audiences.


Strategic Management
This course focuses on models and practices of strategic management, including developing and implementing a strategy and evaluating performance to achieve strategic goals and objectives.

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