Master of Science in Accounting Overview

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The Master of Science in Accounting program curriculum provides a general core of courses to provide individuals with a relevant, practical and applicable accounting foundation from day one.  Key topics include:

  • Internal auditing application and practice
  • Forensic auditing and its role in fraud prevention, deterrence, detection and control
  • Business ethics for accountants and auditors
  • Current trends in corporate governance
  • The role of managerial accounting in overall management planning and control structure
  • IT security, IT controls and IT auditing
  • Federal, State and local tax planning and compliance
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Independent Auditing

Students, subject to enrollment, students select from four tracks: Internal Auditing, Public Accounting, General Accounting, and Tax.

Some classes in the Internal Auditing, Tax, Public Accounting and General Accounting tracks, depending on jurisdiction, may count towards the 150-credit-hour CPA education requirement. Please note that the Smith School does not and will not make the determination for CPA exam eligibility. As each state's respective Board of Accountancy determines licensing requirements, students are advised to check the CPA examination and licensing requirements for the jurisdiction in which they wish to obtain a CPA license.

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