Acquire Valuable Skills

Our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) students build upon their current strengths to gain an in-depth, advanced understanding of the field. You’ll critically think about accounting methods and how to use data to solve the most pressing accounting issues firms face. Concepts and tools you’ll explore include:

  • Accounting analytics and valuation
  • AI
  • Alteryx
  • Automation Anywhere
  • Corporate and real estate taxation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Financial statement and data systems analysis
  • IDEA
  • Information security, audit and control
  • Internal, external, forensic and automated auditing
  • Internal, state, local and individual taxation
  • Machine learning
  • Microsoft SQL
  • MindBridge Analytics
  • Tableau


“Professor McKinney taught us the newest and latest technology being used in the audit industry. I use what he taught us on automating and streamlining processes in my current work.”

Ning Chi

MS Accounting ’19 | Accountant, Kaboom!

Get Real-World Experience

Advance toward your CPA Certification

Receive one-on-one CPA advising and take courses that can be applied toward the 150-credit-hour CPA requirement.

Network for Career Connections

Connect with recruiters from major accounting firms who hire Maryland Smith students.

Participate in a Case Competition

Use your advanced accounting and problem-solving skills to help Big Four teams solve a business challenge.

Requirement varies per jurisdiction.

“One of the first projects I worked on was a financial statement analysis project. It showed me not only how to work through numbers, but also how to analyze numbers.”

Charlotte Cullen

MS Accounting ’19 | Tax Associate, KPMG

Learn from Expert Faculty

Your professors are industry experts and scholars who are invested in your success and will challenge you to take your skills to the next level. They are well-connected business leaders who offer guidance as you navigate through your professional journey.

Lawrence Gordon

Co-creator of the Gordon-Loeb Model for cybersecurity investments

Internationally known scholar and accounting author

Expert in cybersecurity and managerial accounting

Lawrence Gordon

Rebecca Hann

Most Effective Core Professor and Allen J. Krowe teaching award recipient

Expert in financial reporting and disclosure, corporate diversification, accounting information in the macroeconomy and financial markets

Rebecca Hann

Michael Kimbrough

Allen J. Krowe teaching award recipient

Former CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Expert in corporate financial reporting and intangible investment accounting

Michael Kimbrough

“My professors were so experienced and had so much knowledge. They’re more than people who sit in the classroom. They gave me so much career advice. They’re great assets to have”

Hayley Smith

MS Accounting ’18 | Audit Associate, KPMG



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