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Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, are expected to create opportunities for accounting and auditing professionals as businesses seek to comply with new standards.* If you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting or finance, Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Accounting could be your next step in the pursuit of a mid-to-senior-level position within the field of accounting.† This master's in accounting program is designed to provide students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the knowledge base to prepare for professional practice within the field of accounting.
The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue mid-level management positions in both the public and private sectors. The curriculum is designed to enrich skills in auditing, taxation, cost accounting, and financial accounting while providing students the opportunity to choose elective courses and a specialization to meet their specific interests and goals. Graduates may be eligible to sit for professional certification examinations, which include the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) examinations.‡
The curriculum focuses on:
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Employment opportunities for graduates with an accounting degree may exist within government, private, nonprofit, and public accounting. In addition, many entrepreneurial opportunities may exist for small business accounting and consulting services. Specific careers may include public accountant, management accountant, government accountant, internal auditor, and tax accountant.†
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In addition to developing a broad foundation in accounting principles, this master's in accounting program is designed to enhance your knowledge in the area of specialization that best fits your career and educational goals.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Nov 11, 2015
This course provides a comprehensive,
international perspective on accounting and financial reporting
systems. Financial accounting and reporting issues are viewed
from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include,
but are not limited to, the factors that managers and executives
must consider as they confront complex and important financial
accounting and reporting issues including traditional issues,
such as revenue recognition, valuation allowances, and leases,
and contemporary issues, such as pensions, stock options, and
Total Program Credits: 52
This course will advance the student's
knowledge of business law as it applies to accounting. Students
will be introduced to the major legal requirements that will be
encountered by the professional accountant. Topics include, but
are not limited to, the Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, and
the legal liability and responsibilities of agencies and
This course addresses the examination of
financial statements and systems from the viewpoint of an
independent auditor. Emphasis is on the application of auditing
techniques and the professional standards that direct audit
performance and reporting. Topics include, but are not limited
to, external audit services, audit reports, auditor and
management responsibilities, professional standards of external
auditors, and how information technologies enhance internal
control and procedures used to audit through a computerized
This course examines moral development and ethical choices within the framework of business and accounting. Psychological, social, and other theories used to predict human choices are introduced and applied to the current practice and environments of public and corporate accounting. A review of the development of the post-Sarbanes-Oxley ethical environment in the U.S. is included. The dilemmas commonly encountered by accounting professionals and their accepted solutions are also examined.
This course focuses on the role of cost accounting as a tool for managerial decision making and the application of these skills to the overall operation of a business. Topics include, but are not limited to: budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, job order costing, absorption costing, differential analysis, and capital budgeting.
This course will emphasize the effect of the
federal income tax on business, the federal income tax structure,
and the concept of taxable income as it relates to business.
Business transactions are influenced by the rules of taxation.
Examples of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
buying and selling business assets, mortgages, liquidating or
reorganizing a business, and transactions between a business and
Business Communications focuses on effective
communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and
written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one
communication and engagement with larger
This course covers micro- and macroeconomic
principles with an emphasis on decision making and strategic
applications. Microeconomic topics include scarcity, supply and
demand, elasticity, utility, profit maximization, cost
structures, economic systems, labor markets, and
entrepreneurship. Macroeconomic topics include international
trade, national income accounting, exchange rates, money and
banking, economic growth, and fiscal policy.
This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Master of Science in Accounting and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course is focused on the development,
design, and implementation of accounting information systems with
an emphasis on internal control. Students will examine how to
develop new information systems or modify existing systems.
Identifying and using controls to uncover security strengths and
weaknesses will be a major emphasis.
Total Program Credits: 52
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course provides an overview of fraud examination, which includes the introduction of techniques for obtaining documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports, testifying to findings, and forensic document examination. You will learn to apply prevention, detection, and investigative strategies to determine why and how occupational fraud is committed. You will analyze human behaviors such as greed, deception, and cheating.
This course prepares students to design and
assess the internal control system or process. Students will
become familiar with risk assessment and management, and
compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and COSO. Control concepts
introduced will include control types, the cost/ benefit of
control, control responsibilities, the plan-do-check-act
concepts, and the control responsibilities and standards issued
by the FASB, SEC, New York Stock Exchange, AICPA, and other
This course focuses on research methods used
to assess the impact of accounting information on business and
business decision making. In this survey of research on
accounting theory, students learn how to assess empirical studies
and initiate and develop research projects through research paper
discussions and replicating and extending existing research
studies. This course is devoted to the analysis of current
financial reporting issues.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course explores the evolving nature of risk, expectations about its management, and the pressure it has placed on previous working practices. Risk management has traditionally been segmented and carried out in silos. Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a response to the sense of inadequacy caused by using a silo-based approach to manage increasingly interdependent risks. You will gain an understanding of the interdependencies between risks and how risks in one business area may increase the impact of risks in another business area.
This course focuses on the development and possible implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the United States. Topics examined include, but are not limited to, the history of global financial reporting, the conceptual framework underlying International Financial Reporting Standards, and the key differences between International Financial Reporting Standards and United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). In addition, a review of the United States' progress towards harmonization and the possible approaches to future implementation is provided.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course examines the financial and
managerial accounting concepts peculiar to the planning and
administration of public and quasi-public organizations, such as
governmental units, educational institutions, and charitable
organizations. Topics include, but are not limited to, budgeting,
financial reporting, and governmental auditing
This course focuses on U.S. income tax on
foreign-earned income and the taxation methods of other
countries. The effect of U.S. taxation on international
transactions and its impact on multinational businesses will be
examined and discussed. The tax laws of other countries will be
surveyed with emphasis on the treatment of capital gains,
dividends, and depreciation. Various tax treaties will be
identified and discussed.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course introduces students to the
concepts, processes, and information sources relevant to tax
research. The Internal Revenue Code, treasury regulations, and
federal and state tax cases are examined. Topics include, but are
not limited to, interpretations of the tax code, ethical
considerations, sources for research, and appropriate
presentation of results.
This course is a study of the federal estate and gift taxes, and the impact of income tax. Topics will include an introduction to interstate succession, the drafting and enforcement of wills, living trusts, gifts, marital property, and the avoidance of probate. The course covers the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns with an emphasis on unique tax issues such as income of a descendent, distributable net income, and fiduciary accounting.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.Certain accounting positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.
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