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Public Accounting Track

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business MS in Accounting Program – Public Accounting Track provides a solid foundation for a career in public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  The program is designed to provide you with the broad base of knowledge needed in public accounting and prepare you for the CPA licensing exam. The Public Accounting Track provides you with the technical knowledge needed to step into a public accounting firm of any size. The program provides the specialized financial knowledge needed to make sure an entity’s financial reporting is correct to meet the requirements of regulated entities.  CPAs with a graduate degree can expect total career earnings substantially more than those without an advanced degree.

The Public Accounting Track will help you develop the following key competencies for public accountants:

  1. Interpersonal Skills, such as critical thinking and analysis skills.
  2. Auditing Tools and Techniques, such as business process analysis, risk and control assessment techniques.
  3. Standards in public accounting, such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and methodology used in financial  accounting and reporting, the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC), International Financial Accounting Reporting (IFRS) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Ethics Codification.

If you want a career that will provide you with both personal and financial rewards public accounting is a very good choice.  The trust and loyalty of your clients and contacts will provide you with a true sense professional accomplishment.

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