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The Master of Accounting program is designed to provide the breadth and depth in accounting required for you to excel as a professional accountant. The curriculum focuses on preparing you to become a purposeful, innovative, and versatile leader in the global marketplace.

Learning goals

You’ll focus on achieving four learning goals as you earn your master’s degree.

Goal 1:

Acquisition of the additional technical knowledge required to pass professional examinations such as the CPA exam with a minimum of additional directed study and/or otherwise advance your career.

Goal 3:

Ability to prepare business communications appropriate for the audience being addressed. Business communication can involve business letters, memoranda, reports, and oral presentations.

Goal 2:

Completion of professional accounting research related to national and international business decisions. The research can involve the application of generally accepted accounting principles to financial reporting issues; the application of tax law to tax planning and compliance issues; and the application of generally accepted auditing standards to auditing issues.

Goal 4:

Understanding of the ethical issues related to the profession.

Master of Accounting Curriculum

32 credits

Required coursework

6 credits

Accounting 537 (Acctg 537): Professional Research

Methodology used by accounting professionals to research applied problems in taxation, accounting, and auditing; communicate results.

Business Law 511 (BLaw 511): Business Law II

Law of partnerships, corporations, securities regulations, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, property, insurance and bankruptcy; government regulation of businesses and professions.

Accounting and taxation electives

12 credits (choose 4 courses)

Accounting 530 (Acctg 530): Accounting Theory

Recent developments with respect to the determination of income and the valuation of assets. 

Accounting 532 (Acctg 532): Contemporary Accounting Cases and Problems

Accounting theory applied to external financial reporting practices.  

Accounting 535 (Acctg 535): Advanced Taxation

Federal income tax impact on corporations, S corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and their beneficial owners.

Accounting 538 (Acctg 538): Seminar in Cost/Managerial Accounting

Cost concepts, cost and managerial accounting systems; current issues and research in cost and managerial accounting.

Accounting 539 (Acctg 539): Seminar in Public Accounting and Auditing

Public accounting and auditing to present; current issues including statistical sampling and computers.

Accounting 543 (Acctg 543): Special Topics in Accounting

Critical topics in accounting including new developments. 

Four general electives

12 Credits

Choose four approved elective accounting courses or other fields in consultation with, and approval of, your program advisor

Final examination

2 Credits

Accounting 702 (Acctg 702): Final Exam

Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master’s degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.


Marlene Ibsen