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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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