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The MS in Business: Accounting is the flagship graduate accounting program offered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Designed for accounting professionals looking to maximize their marketability, the program will provide you with the tools you need to advance your organization – and your career – in this challenging legal and regulatory business environment.

In today's era of heightened accountability, organizations are charged with carrying out rigorous internal auditing to meet strict corporate governance and other accounting and auditing standards. The demand for highly trained accounting professionals who can successfully interpret new rules, better understand business control processes, and design effective internal controls has never been greater.

This innovative accounting program will prepare you for the expanded role accounting now plays in consulting, information management and strategic planning. It was developed by Smith's world-class faculty – leaders in the fields of accounting and auditing. Developed for both full-time students and working professionals who enroll on a part-time basis, the program can be completed in 12 months as a full-time student and 16 months as a part-time student.

The MS in Business: Accounting program is ideal if you are employed by:

  • Public accounting firms
  • Internal audit departments of public and non-public corporations
  • Internal audit departments of non-profit organizations
  • Internal audit departments of government departments and agencies
  • Accounting departments of public and non-public corporations
  • Accounting departments of government departments and agencies and non-profit organizations
  • Consulting firms

The program offers, subject to enrollment, Internal Auditing, Tax, Public Accounting and General Accounting track options, along with the opportunity to network with other accounting professionals.

Classes are held at two of our campus locations in Maryland – College Park and Rockville (Shady Grove). Both are easily accessed from all points throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, which spans from Baltimore to northern Virginia.