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ONLINE MASTER'S DEGREE INPROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

Get CPA-Ready With our ACBSP-Accredited Online Master’s Degree in Accounting

Completing your Master’s Degree program in Professional Accounting will prepare you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and become an effective leader in public accounting, corporations, government agencies, and other fields. 

Our online Master’s in Accounting program will train you to help reduce costs and improve profits for your clients, and our career-relevant courses will ensure you’re up to date on the latest changes to financial-related laws and regulations. 

As a professional accountant, you may be responsible for preparing, analyzing, and confirming the accuracy of financial records, ensuring taxes are paid properly and on time, organizing and maintaining financial records, and enhancing revenue and profits by identifying ways to reduce costs.

Passing your state’s Board of Accountancy exam and becoming a CPA will allow you to advance within your field and have the option of working independently or helping organizations run more efficiently and successfully.

 

Career Outlook

93% OF ALUMNI WORKING IN THEIR FIELD Alumni from CSU Global’s online Master’s in Accounting program report extremely high rates of working in the field after graduation.

$71,550 AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY According to the BLS, the average annual salary for Accountants and Auditors is more than $71,000.

$76,540 The average annual salary for budget analysts is more than $76k. (BLS, 2019)

ACCOUNTANT/AUDITOR, FINANCIAL MANAGER, BOOKKEEPER Top three titles as reported by CSU Global’s Master’s Degree in Accounting.

Professional Accountant Responsibilities

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PREPARING, ANALYZING, AND CONFIRMING ACCURACY OF FINANCIAL RECORDS.

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ENSURING TAXES ARE PAID PROPERLY AND ON TIME.

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ORGANIZING AND MAINTAINING FINANCIAL RECORDS.

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ENHANCING REVENUE AND PROFITS WHILE IDENTIFYING WAYS TO REDUCE COSTS.

Watch a Quick 2-Minute Overview

This quick video covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Why you should consider getting an M.S. in Professional Accounting.
  • What you’ll learn in our online M.S. in Accounting program.
  • Why you should pick CSU Global’s Accounting Master’s degree.

What Will You Learn From Our Master of Science in Professional Accounting Program?

Getting your Master of Professional Accounting from CSU Global will prepare you for a career as a professional accountant, and help you prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

As a CPA, you’ll play a vital role in helping clients and organizations run more efficiently and successfully, remain on top of the latest financial laws and regulations changes, reduce business costs and improve profits. 

With your master’s in accounting, you will be prepared to complete each of the following typical accounting tasks:

  • Preparing, analyzing, and confirming the accuracy of tax documents.
  • Ensuring taxes are paid properly and on time.
  • Organizing and maintaining financial records.
  • Identifying ways to increase value, reduce costs, and improve the bottom line.

Completing our Master of Accountancy program will also enhance your leadership skills, teamwork skills, planning skills, and communication skills, all of which are needed to become an effective leader in public accounting, corporate accounting, nonprofit accounting, government accounting, and other related fields.

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Skills You’ll Develop in Our Online Master’s in Accounting Program 

CSU Global’s online Accounting Master’s Degree will train you to develop accounting strategies required for solving complex organizational problems. 

After successfully completing our online M.S. in Professional Accounting, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Develop accounting strategies to solve organizational problems and improve performance.
  • Evaluate and manage ethical and legal conflicts or issues.
  • Adapt accounting methods and practices to meet the needs of employees and leaders within an organization.
  • Analyze and apply economic and financial concepts, principles, and theories to problems and opportunities.
  • Examine the principles and impacts of accounting standards (domestic and international) on accounting transactions.

You’ll also learn how to apply qualitative and quantitative analyses in decision-making, ensuring you’re ready to bring value to organizations from day one.

Finally, CSU Global’s accounting students also receive discounted access to the Wiley CPAexcel® Gold Course, helping fully prepare you for the CPA exam.

ACBSP-Accreditation

CSU Global’s B.S. in Professional Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), which means that the program provides a student-oriented approach to teaching, learning outcomes, and that it provides students with career-relevant, business-related skills that are sought out by employers.

What Online Accounting Courses Will You Take?

CSU Global’s M.S. in Accounting program is a 30-credit hour program which includes 24 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of emphasis coursework..

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Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • BUS500** Foundations of Business
    This course provides a foundational survey of business topics including marketing, finance, accounting, management, law, economics, ethics, information systems, quantitative methods, and policy within domestic and global perspectives. The broad focus of the course provides students without a business undergraduate degree with foundational background information in business terminology and concepts that support entry-level knowledge for graduate-level study.
  • ACT506 Advanced: Accounting II
    This course advances a student's knowledge of the principles of accounting. Students will gain a complex understanding of partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations as well as explore international accounting and government accounting.
  • ACT510 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
    This course explores various types and methods of financial fraud to provide students with ways to prevent and deter fraudulent occurrences in a financial environment. Topics include identifying the warning signs of fraud; fraud prevention, deterrence, and detection; fraud investigation methods; and litigation processes including fraud loss recovery, expert witness testimony, and resolution.
  • ACT520 International Accounting
    This course provides a thorough survey of international accounting practices and principles. Students learn the differences in accounting thoughts, practices, and principles among accounting standards such as the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP). Other topics in the course include foreign currency translation, national and international financial statements, international transfer pricing, international taxation issues, ethical implications associated with accounting standards and reporting systems, and strategic accounting problems and issues for multinational corporations.
  • ACT560 Accounting Ethics
    This course examines current ethical and professional standards required of accountants and Certified Public Accountants. It includes theories used to predict human behavior and applies these theories to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other codes of accounting practice. Students will learn ethical reasoning, objectivity, independence, integrity, and professionalism and how these elements apply to real-world situations. Prerequisite: ACT506
  • ACT570 Advanced Cost Accounting
    This course assists students in their ability to use cost and financial data in the planning, management, and controlling functions of an organization. Emphasis is on the budget process, utilization of internal and external data for control and performance analysis, and the allocation of resources to achieve corporate objectives.
  • ACT575 Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services
    This course focuses on the auditing practice performed by public accountants. Students learn the role of the CPA and auditor and the process for how audits are performed. Topics include planning for the audit, audit reporting and required communications, evaluation of internal controls, audit programs for current assets and liabilities, and audit programs for other business cycles.
  • ACT555 Advanced Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
    This course explores the theories and application of authoritative guidance, rules, and regulations as they apply to governmental and not-for-profit entities. The course emphasizes the similarities and differences in the methods and procedures of government, for-profit, and not-forprofit entities. Topics include governmental accounting, accounting records in government, fund allocation, government-wide reporting, not-for-profit accounting, non-governmental not-for-profit accounting, and governmental performance measures.
  • ACT580 Capstone - Accounting
    This Capstone course focuses on applying and synthesizing accounting concepts related to financial accounting, applications, and financial statements presentations. In this culmination of the student's learning throughout the Master of Professional Accounting program, students apply accounting research tools to current accounting issues, provide an overview of an accounting program, and demonstrate their ability to make sound financial decisions.

* Master’s Plus - Some Master of Professional Accounting students may also be required to take BUS500 and/or RES501 as part of their coursework if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00/do not earn an accredited ACBSP-degree in business courses and/or accounting, finance, or business statistics. In this case, the degree is 33 credits.

** Students who do not have a previous degree from an an ACBSP-accredited program must complete BUS500 before completing other program requirements. Once the undergraduate program evaluation is completed, students whose prior degree does not meet the requirements will complete BUS500, rather than RES500 or RES501. Provisionally admitted students whose undergraduate degree meets the requirements will complete RES500 or RES501, rather than BUS500.

ONLINE ACCOUNTING GRADUATE DEGREE SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the institutional graduate admission standards, students seeking admission to the MPAcc program must have an undergraduate degree with a major or concentration in accounting, which includes a minimum of 21 credit hours of upper-division accounting coursework. If this requirement is not met, students can seek admission with the program chair approval as long as they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Student has at least 15 hours of upper-division accounting coursework and previous experience in accounting.
  • Student has an M.B.A. with 12 hours of accounting coursework and previous experience in accounting.

To gain full admission to the MPAcc program, provisionally admitted students must complete the above coursework within 12 months of starting and maintain a 3.0 grade point average without receiving a grade lower than a C in any coursework.

The prerequisite coursework is designed to prepare students for the program. Students seeking to become CPAs may need to take additional courses to meet state requirements. Other courses may need to be taken to comply with the prerequisites of some electives.

Areas of Emphasis

DATA ANALYTICS EMPHASIS

The Data Analytics Emphasis is designed for those who want to acquire advanced analytical skills in addition to having in-depth accounting knowledge. Using various data analytics tools, students learn how to collect and categorize voluminous data as well as how to analyze and prioritize relevant data to make them useful for decision-making.

Data Analytics is a skill that can apply to many facets of accounting including taxation, auditing, consulting, and risk management. Hence, it is important for accountants who work or plan to work in these areas to know how to undertake and analyze data analytics-related activities. Students in the Master of Professional Accounting who select this emphasis with be equipped with such versatile and valuable skills by the end of their coursework. Students declaring Data Analytics Emphasis should have prior coursework and/or experience in statistics and basic programming.

Courses in the Data Analytics Emphasis include:

  • MIS510: Data Mining and Visualization
  • MIS542: Business Analytics

FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS & FORENSIC ACCOUNTING EMPHASIS

Increased occurrences and awareness of fraudulent activities have resulted in increased demand for fraud investigators and forensic accountants. Forensic accounting extends beyond uncovering and investigating fraud. Forensic accountants utilize their accounting skills to provide investigative, litigation, and valuation support in cases involving financial statement fraud, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and insolvency, and divorce. Consequently, forensic accountants can work in public accounting, consulting, and forensic accounting service firms. Forensic accountants can also provide expert services to lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and financial institutions.

Students who select this emphasis may be interested in obtaining the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. CSU Global does not provide or prepare students for the CFE designation.

Courses in the Fraud Investigations & Forensic Emphasis include:

  • ACT557: Advanced Fraud Investigations and Forensic Accounting
  • ACT558: Fraud and Forensic Accounting Data Analysis

AUDITING & ASSURANCE EMPHASIS

Auditing and assurance service is a vital accounting niche. Auditors play important roles in the financial reporting process. Audit and assurance service informs users by painting a true picture of where an organization’s financial information stands, providing relevant insights about financial and non-financial information, changes that are needed as well as how the changes happens so users can make sound decisions. The emphasis is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in internal audit, assurance services, and information technology auditing. Students will learn how to evaluate internal controls and best practices in auditing using computer-based accounting systems.

Students who select this emphasis can further benefit by obtaining the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor(CISA) designation. CSUGlobal does not provide or prepare students for the CIA or CISA designation.

Courses in the Auditing & Assurance Emphasis include:

  • ACT576: Internal Auditing
  • ACT577: Advanced Information System Audit

TAXATION EMPHASIS

The taxation emphasis builds on students’ previous conceptual understanding of taxation, awareness of tax professionals’ responsibilities, technical competence as tax professionals, and understanding of tax laws and policies. Students will also learn tax research tools and policies.

Tax professionals are in demand in public accounting, corporations, and governmental entities. Students who select this emphasis can further benefit by earning the Enrolled Agent designation. CSU Global does not provide or prepare students for the Enrolled Agent Designation.

Courses in the Taxation Emphasis include:

  • ACT550: Advanced Income Taxation
  • ACT551: Advanced Tax Policy and Research

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING EMPHASIS

This emphasis is designed for students who want to take diverse courses for career growth or for meeting the education requirements of the CPA and other professional licenses’ examinations. In addition to the eight required core courses, students can select two courses from the following list.

Courses in the Professional Accounting Emphasis include:

  • ACT550: Advanced Income Taxation
  • ACT557: Advanced Fraud Investigation & Forensic Accounting
  • ACT558: Fraud and Forensic Accounting Data Analysis
  • ACT595: Accounting Internship
    ACT595 is an optional course that will provide students with
    practical experience in accounting. This course may not be
    available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.
  • FIN520: Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • FIN530: Corporate Finance
  • MGT510: Strategy Planning

Areas of Emphasis

 

DATA ANALYTICS EMPHASIS

The Data Analytics Emphasis is designed for those who want to acquire advanced analytical skills in addition to having in-depth accounting knowledge. Using various data analytics tools, students learn how to collect and categorize voluminous data as well as how to analyze and prioritize relevant data to make them useful for decision-making.

Data Analytics is a skill that can apply to many facets of accounting including taxation, auditing, consulting, and risk management. Hence, it is important for accountants who work or plan to work in these areas to know how to undertake and analyze data analytics-related activities. Students in the Master of Professional Accounting who select this emphasis with be equipped with such versatile and valuable skills by the end of their coursework. Students declaring Data Analytics Emphasis should have prior coursework and/or experience in statistics and basic programming.

Courses in the Data Analytics Emphasis include:

  • MIS510: Data Mining and Visualization
  • MIS542: Business Analytics

FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS & FORENSIC ACCOUNTING EMPHASIS

Increased occurrences and awareness of fraudulent activities have resulted in increased demand for fraud investigators and forensic accountants. Forensic accounting extends beyond uncovering and investigating fraud. Forensic accountants utilize their accounting skills to provide investigative, litigation, and valuation support in cases involving financial statement fraud, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and insolvency, and divorce. Consequently, forensic accountants can work in public accounting, consulting, and forensic accounting service firms. Forensic accountants can also provide expert services to lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and financial institutions.

Students who select this emphasis may be interested in obtaining the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. CSU Global does not provide or prepare students for the CFE designation.

Courses in the Fraud Investigations & Forensic Emphasis include:

  • ACT557: Advanced Fraud Investigations and Forensic Accounting
  • ACT558: Fraud and Forensic Accounting Data Analysis

AUDITING & ASSURANCE EMPHASIS

Auditing and assurance service is a vital accounting niche. Auditors play important roles in the financial reporting process. Audit and assurance service informs users by painting a true picture of where an organization’s financial information stands, providing relevant insights about financial and non-financial information, changes that are needed as well as how the changes happens so users can make sound decisions. The emphasis is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in internal audit, assurance services, and information technology auditing. Students will learn how to evaluate internal controls and best practices in auditing using computer-based accounting systems.

Students who select this emphasis can further benefit by obtaining the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor(CISA) designation. CSUGlobal does not provide or prepare students for the CIA or CISA designation.

Courses in the Auditing & Assurance Emphasis include:

  • ACT576: Internal Auditing
  • ACT577: Advanced Information System Audit

TAXATION EMPHASIS

The taxation emphasis builds on students’ previous conceptual understanding of taxation, awareness of tax professionals’ responsibilities, technical competence as tax professionals, and understanding of tax laws and policies. Students will also learn tax research tools and policies.

Tax professionals are in demand in public accounting, corporations, and governmental entities. Students who select this emphasis can further benefit by earning the Enrolled Agent designation. CSU Global does not provide or prepare students for the Enrolled Agent Designation.

Courses in the Taxation Emphasis include:

  • ACT550: Advanced Income Taxation
  • ACT551: Advanced Tax Policy and Research

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING EMPHASIS

This emphasis is designed for students who want to take diverse courses for career growth or for meeting the education requirements of the CPA and other professional licenses’ examinations. In addition to the eight required core courses, students can select two courses from the following list.

Courses in the Professional Accounting Emphasis include:

  • ACT550: Advanced Income Taxation
  • ACT557: Advanced Fraud Investigation & Forensic Accounting
  • ACT558: Fraud and Forensic Accounting Data Analysis
  • ACT595: Accounting Internship
    ACT595 is an optional course that will provide students with
    practical experience in accounting. This course may not be
    available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.
  • FIN520: Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • FIN530: Corporate Finance
  • MGT510: Strategy Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should You Consider a Master’s in Accounting?

Getting your Master’s Degree in Accounting may help you climb the career ladder, making you eligible for better, more leadership-oriented accounting roles at organizations of all types, including private companies, public corporations, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal government agencies.

Accounting Master’s programs prepare you for a successful career as a professional accountant, and they also prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant exam (CPA), which provides an excellent opportunity to increase your value to organizations and marketability with hiring managers.

If you want to be on the cutting edge of fiscal management, analysis, and advising, and you would like to play a vital role in helping both clients and organizations run more efficiently and effectively, then getting your accounting master’s degree is an excellent idea.

Whether you already have experience in accounting, or you’re looking to enhance your resume to improve the chances of landing a more senior role in the field, getting your M.S. in Accounting may be an excellent way to advance your career.

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Accounting?

Getting a Master’s Degree in Accounting will prepare you for a variety of accounting-related tasks, ensuring you’ll bring value to any organization from day one.

The courses you complete will provide you with all the skills and abilities needed to take on the daily job duties required of professionals accountants, ensuring you’re prepared to: 

  • Design and executive accounting strategies to solve complex organizational problems and improve performance.
  • Evaluate and manage ethical and legal conflicts or issues related to organizational finances.
  • Adapt accounting methods and practices to meet unique organizational needs. 
  • Identify ways to increase value, reduce costs, and improve a client’s, or organization’s bottom line.

What Jobs Can You Get With an M.S. Degree in Accounting?

Master’s courses in Accounting will hone your skills and abilities for utilizing accounting methods and practices, economic and financial concepts, principles and theories to make better decisions about managing individual and organizational finances.

Completing your Accounting Master’s Degree online will improve your eligibility for landing a variety of important financial advisory and leadership roles, as the skills and knowledge you develop will ensure you’re prepared for top accounting job titles, like:

Can You Get an Accredited Accounting Master’s Degree Online?

Yes. CSU Global’s online Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—which has the highest accreditation standards and is only awarded following an investigation by independent, external auditors.

Regional accreditation ensures that CSU Global keeps its promises to students, including promises like:

  • Ensuring that the degree prepares students for relevant careers in the field.
  • Providing financial and other assistance to students who want it.
  • Employing faculty members who are adequately qualified to teach their courses.
  • Using ethical strategies to attract prospective students.

Our accredited online Accounting program was designed to help you juggle education, work, and family responsibilities, with no requirements for showing up at set times or physical locations, monthly class starts, and accelerated eight-week courses.

Is a Master’s Degree in Accounting Really Worth It?

Yes. Completing a Master’s Program in Accounting is a valuable investment in your career, and could play a significant role in helping contribute to your overall career advancement.

Whether you want to work for a private company, public corporation, nonprofit organization, federal, state or local government agency, the accounting skills you hone in our M.S. in Professional Accounting program will prepare you to take charge of fiscal management, analysis and advising for clients or organizations.

With our program’s emphasis on leadership, teamwork, planning, and communication skills, you’ll graduate prepared to take on a leadership role in the field.

Why Should You Choose CSU Global’s Online Master’s in Accounting?

CSU Global’s online Accounting Master’s program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

We are also considered one of the best accounting graduate schools, with our program having recently earned several awards, including:

  • A #1 ranking for Best Online Master’s in Accounting Degree Programs by Intelligent.
  • A #1 ranking for Best Master’s in Forensic Accounting by Best Masters Programs.
  • A Gold School of Distinction award from Best Colleges, making us one of only 15 schools to receive gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

Furthermore, our Master’s Program in Accounting has proven to be capable of delivering excellent results for alumni, including:

  • 93% of alumni from the M.S. in Accounting program report working in their field after graduation.
  • The top three job titles as reported by program Alumni are Accountant/Auditor, Financial Manager, and Bookkeeper.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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REGIONALLY ACCREDITED

Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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ACBSP ACCREDITED

Your Bachelor’s in Accounting from CSU Global is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

#1 Best Online Masters’s in Accounting Degree Programs

CSU Global was ranked #1 Accounting by Intelligent.

#1 Best Master’s in Forensic Accounting for 2020

CSU Global was ranked #1 of 25 in Forensic Accounting by Best Masters Programs.

#9 ONLINE MASTER’S IN ACCOUNTING DEGREE

CSU Global’s online Master’s in Accounting was ranked number 9 by Online Accounting Degree Programs.

“GOLD SCHOOL” OF DISTINCTION

In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY ONLINE COLLEGE

Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.

“CSU Global enables you to finish and further your education with a very flexible and workable platform. I am married with a full time job and a toddler at home and I have been able to go back to school so that I can further my professional career and truly achieve my educational dreams.”

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