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:

Curriculum - Students Entering Fall 2017

Semester Internal Audit Track
(9 or 16 months)
Tax Track
(16 months)
Financial Accounting
(16 months)
Fall Financial Statement Analysis for Accountants and Auditors Financial Statement Analysis for Accountants and Auditors Financial Statement Analysis for Accountants and Auditors
  Business Communications for Accountants and Auditors Business Communications for Accountants and Auditors Business Communications for Accountants and Auditors
  Advanced Managerial Accounting and Control Systems Advanced Managerial Accounting and Control Systems Advanced Managerial Accounting and Control Systems
  Essentials of Negotiations Essentials of Negotiations Essentials of Negotiations
    Taxation of Individuals  
Spring Internal Auditing I: Conceptual and Institutional Framework Taxation of Corporations and Other Entities Leadership and Human Resource Management for Accountants and Auditors
  Information Security, Audit and Control Taxation of Not-for-Profits Taxation of Individuals
  Leadership and Human Resource Management for Accountants and Auditors Real Estate Taxation Valuation for Accounting 
  Internal Auditing II: Internal Audit Application and Practice International Taxation Business Law 
Fall Forensic Accounting/Auditing Forensic Accounting/Auditing Forensic Accounting/Auditing
  Enterprise Risk Management State and Local Taxation Systems for Data Analysis
  Business Ethics for Accountants and Auditors Business Ethics for Accountants and Auditors Business Ethics for Accountants and Auditors
    Estates, Trusts and Personal Financial Planning Taxation of Corporations and Other Entities
      Advanced Accounting 

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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