MS in Accountancy Degree

The MS in Accountancy is a 30 credit-hour program providing individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to keep pace with the changes in the practice of accounting.  A unique feature of the program is its focus on risk management and compliance issues, preparing individuals for the growing complexities of the corporate world. A candidate may select a concentration other than Risk Management from one of the other areas of specialization such as Cyber Security, Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing.

An additional concentration may be added prior to the degree being awarded and requires an additional 6 credits over the standard degree credits. The additional concentration also can be pursued after the degree is granted, however, as this represents only six credits, federal financial aid is not applicable.

A candidate can combine the MSA with the MBA, thereby gaining the knowledge and skills required for professional accounting, while also developing an understanding of the broader management context. This will better prepare a graduate for senior management roles. A diploma for each degree is issued by the University at the same time the degree requirements are completed. When both degrees are pursued concurrently, a total of 63 credits is required, however, adding the MBA after graduation, may require slightly more credits.

A candidate who has an MBA from another institution may complete the MS in Accountancy degree program in 24 credits as 6 credits may be considered for waivers at the discretion of the Program Director.

Core Courses (15 Credits)

These courses provide the foundation for the MS in Accountancy.  It is highly recommended that a student follow these courses in sequence.

AC-501Managerial Accounting *3
AC-520Financial Accounting and Reporting3
AC-541Internal Controls and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance3
AC-543Forensic Accounting and Internal Auditing3
GB-517Business Ethics and Sustainability3
Total Credits15

*An alternate Accounting course (AC-530 International Financial Reporting Standards, AC-553 Tax Problems, AC-554 International Taxation, AC-555 U.S. Taxation, or AC-570 Financial Statement Analysis) may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.

Concentration in Risk Management (9 Credits)

GB-629Enterprise Risk Management3
Choose two of the following courses6
Business Systems Interruption
Strategic Risk Management
Risk Management and Insurance
Crisis Communications

Open Electives (6 Credits)

Two courses from within the Graduate Business curriculum can be selected to round-out and broaden the student's knowledge.