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As a CPA you can either work independently or help entire organizations to run more efficiently and successfully. You’ll stay on top of changes to financial-related laws and regulations, and reduce costs and improve profits for clients. An accounting professional may be responsible for the following:
Preparing, analyzing, and confirming accuracy of financial records.
Ensuring taxes are paid properly and on time.
Organizing and maintaining financial records.
Enhancing revenue and profits while identifying ways to reduce costs.
The M.S. in Professional Accounting program is designed to prepare you to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as an effective leader in public accounting, corporations, government agencies, and other fields. By becoming a licensed accountant by your state’s Board of Accountancy, you can advance quickly within your field.
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:
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.
This program consists of 8 three-credit core courses as part of a full 30-credit master’s degree.
* 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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Your Master’s in Professional Accounting from CSU Global is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), which means it will be recognized and respected by employers.
Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.
CSU Global’s online Master’s in Accounting was ranked #1 of 25 by Best Masters Programs.
CSU Global’s online Master’s in Accounting was ranked number 9 by Online Accounting Degree Programs.
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.
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.”
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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Students will learn how to develop accounting strategies to solve organizational problems, apply qualitative and quantitative analyses in decision-making, evaluate and manage ethical and legal conflicts, and adapt accounting methods and practices to best meet the needs of both employees and leaders within an organization. As a bonus, you will get access to Wiley CPAexcel’s Video Gold Medal Course at a significant discount to fully prepare you for the CPA exam. Additional outcomes include the following:
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Bachelor’s of Accounting alumni from CSU Global report extremely high rates of working in the field of accounting after completing the program.
According to the BLS, the average annual salary for CPAs, accountants, and accounting managers & supervisors, is more than $65k.
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