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Online Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Program Curriculum

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements

Find a sample schedule with Online Accounting Degree curriculum below. You can complete the degree in as few as 12 months.

  • Degree Requirements

    The Online Accounting Degree curriculum below shows the courses required for the program.

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    Required Accountancy courses:
    ACCT 505Advanced Auditing3
    ACCT 530Corporate Tax Law3
    ACCT 550Advanced AIS and IT Audit3
    Select 21 additional Accountancy credits from courses listed below:
    ACCT 507Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
    ACCT 514Advanced Managerial Accounting3
    ACCT 516Financial Analysis and Valuation3
    ACCT 518International Financial Reporting3
    ACCT 520Tax and Accounting Research3
    ACCT 546Accounting for Income Taxes3
    ACCT 579Personal Financial Planning3
    ACCT 590Internship*3
    Total30

    Note: Non-required courses are subject to change.

    * Students may earn up to three graduate credits in ACCT 590 with approval from the Department of Accountancy Internship Director. For the online MSA program, an “internship” can be a permanent, full-time job. You are not limited to a position that an employer designates as an “intern.” You may receive “internship” credit for full-time work that you do in accounting as long as the Department of Accountancy Internship Director deems it is graduate-level work.

  • Course Descriptions

    ACCT 505 Advanced Auditing
    In-depth study of auditing from an external auditor’s perspective. Topics include substantive testing, evidence, planning, reporting, documentation, and case studies. The course includes a major project in external auditing.

    ACCT 507 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
    Introduction to forensic accounting, with an emphasis on fraud auditing. Examines professional standards, licensure requirements, engagement planning, evidence collection, as well as reporting and other professional requirements. Includes the unique role of the forensic accountant as a litigation support specialist and related legal and ethical considerations.

    ACCT 514 Advanced Managerial Accounting
    Advanced applications of managerial accounting information for strategic management decisions. Coverage includes specialized tools for planning, operating and control decisions such as strategic cost management, strategic performance measurement and incentive systems, and activity- and resource-based costing. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and use of state of the art managerial accounting techniques.

    ACCT 516 Financial Analysis and Valuation
    Study of the theory and practice of financial statement analysis and business valuation. Methods of fundamental analysis and business valuation are examined and applied in problems, cases and projects.

    ACCT 518 International Financial Reporting
    Contemporary accounting practices of the major national economies. Includes directives of the European Community affecting financial reporting and pronouncements and activities of the International Accounting Standards Board.

    ACCT 520 Tax and Accounting Research
    Instruction in all aspects of tax research including legislative, administrative and judicial sources; major tax services, and Internet-based tax research libraries. While the majority of the course focuses on tax research, the course also includes instruction in ethical issues in tax practice and instruction in financial accounting research resources, including the FASB Codification.

    ACCT 530 Corporate Tax Law
    Tax considerations in corporate formations, operations, distributions, redemptions, reorganizations, and liquidations. Includes a study of S corporations and an overview of financial accounting for income taxes.

    ACCT 546 Accounting for Income Taxes
    Focuses on the financial reporting (U.S. GAAP) related to income tax provisions under FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 (ASC 740). Prepares students to calculate and report income tax amounts related to the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, income tax footnote, and related disclosures.

    ACCT 550 Advanced AIS and IT Audit
    Advanced coverage of the intersection of accounting, information technology, and analytics. Course includes topics such as IT infrastructure from a controls and security perspective, IT audit principles, data analytic tools, and communication of complex information. Students will assume leadership roles with respect to group and team assignments. Students can only take ACCT 450 OR ACCT 550, not both.

    ACCT 579 Personal Financial Planning
    The course focuses on the tools to help individuals reach their personal financial goals. There will be five main areas of emphasis: investments, insurance coverage/asset protection, income tax planning, retirement planning and estate planning. The areas will be covered in the personal finance framework.

    ACCT 590 Internship
    Students may earn up to three graduate credits in ACCT 590 with approval from the Department of Accountancy Internship Director. For the online MSA program, an “internship” can be a permanent, full-time job. You are not limited to a position that an employer designates as an “intern.” You may receive “internship” credit for full-time work that you do in accounting as long as the Department of Accountancy Internship Director deems it is graduate-level work.

  • Courses by Semester Offered

    This is a general guide of when courses will be offered. Course order will vary based on your start semester. You should plan your individual academic path based on the below schedule and your full- or part-time status. Download printable course schedule (pdf)

    Semester - CreditsCourses
    Fall Semester - 12 creditsACCT 505 (3 cr)
    ACCT 514 (3 cr)
    ACCT 516 (3 cr)
    ACCT 520 (3 cr)
    Spring Semester - 12 creditsACCT 518 (3 cr)
    ACCT 530 (3 cr)
    ACCT 550 (3 cr)
    ACCT 579 (3 cr)
    Summer Semester - 6 credits1st 7 weeks
    ACCT 546 (3 cr)
    2nd 7 weeks
    ACCT 507 (3 cr)

schedule

Be aware of the time commitment

Before deciding to pursue your online degree, ask yourself:

  • How much time do I have each week to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

See our time commitment guide to estimate study times. Questions? Contact us!

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