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
  • Valuation

The Master of Science in Accounting program at College Park is designed to accommodate full-time students who take the majority of courses during the day. Some courses may be offered during the evening depending upon one's track selection. The program can be completed in 10 or 16 months depending on track selection. International students who require student (F-1) visas should plan on completing the program in no more than 16 months.  Students, subject to enrollment, select from three tracks:

  • Public Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Accounting Analytics

Curriculum - Students Entering Fall 2019

Semester Public Accounting Taxation Accounting Analytics
Fall Financial Statement Analysis for Accountants and Auditors
  Business Communications for Accountants and Auditors
  Data Driven Decision Making
  Advanced Managerial Accounting and Control Systems
  Intermediate Accounting II Systems for Data Analysis
Spring Business Ethics for Accountants and Auditors
  Intermediate Accounting III Taxation of Corporations and Other Entities Accounting Analytics
  External Audit Real Estate Taxation Information Security, Audit & Control
  Essentials of Negotiation
  Forensic Accounting
    Elective Elective
Fall Business Law I International Taxation Internal Auditing
  Taxation of Individuals State and Local Taxation Auditing with Automated Procedures
  Advanced Accounting Taxation of Not-for-Profits Valuation for Accounting
  Systems for Data Analysis Elective Elective

Individuals will work with a program advisor to register for courses based on their track selection. 

CPA Exam

Some classes depending on jurisdiction may count towards the 150-credit-hour CPA education requirement. The Smith School does not and will not make the determination for CPA exam eligibility. Each state's respective Board of Accountancy determines licensing requirements, and students are advised to check the CPA examination and licensing requirements for the jurisdiction in which they wish to obtain a CPA license.

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