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ONLINE MASTER OFPROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

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If becoming a CPA is in your future, we've got the degree program for you.

Overview

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Are you looking to become a Certified Professional Accountant? Let us help you achieve this goal through our online Master of Professional Accounting degree program.

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. You’ll be reducing costs as you improve profits for your clients.

If you're looking to become a CPA*, fill out the form to your right and get in touch. 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.

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* CSU-Global offers courses required to sit for the CPA exam. To become a CPA, graduates must take and pass the applicable exam.

Earn Your Online Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting

You’ll do more than handle financial records and balance budgets with an Online Master of Professional Accounting Degree from CSU-Global.

Our 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.

The courses in this graduate degree program emphasize leadership, teamwork, planning, and communication skills.

In these courses, 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.

Note: As this program is designed to build upon existing accounting knowledge, applicants may be reviewed to ensure that they have the appropriate level of education and experience to be successful.

JOB GROWTH 11% Master of PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING $68,150 Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. MEDIAN PAY FOR ACCOUNTANTS (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016) 2012 2022

Ensure Quality with a ACBSP Accredited Degree

CSU-Global's master of professional accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body which means your degree will be recognized and respected by employers.


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Description

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree is designed to meet the educational requirements of students pursuing or preparing to pursue careers in professional accounting and support the educational requirements of the Certified Public Accountants’ as well as other related professional licenses’ examinations. With emphases on analytical, technical, leadership, teamwork, planning, and communication skills’ improvement, the MPAcc program prepares students for leadership roles in public accounting, corporations, government, non-profit entities, education, and related career fields. This 30-credit hour program includes 24 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of track-specific coursework to help students specialize in an area of accounting that meets their specific needs and career goals.

The Master of Professional Accounting is additionally accredited by ACBSP, which accredits quality business programs across the globe.

Program 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.
  • Students who meet one of the above conditions but do not have prerequisite CSU-Global coursework (including ACT350, ACT360, ACT405, ACT450, ACT460, and ACT470), or its equivalent are provisionally admitted to the program.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop accounting strategies to solve organizational problems and improve performance.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative analyses in decision-making and problem-solving.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively on business issues and various corporate situations.
  • Understand the fundamental principles and impact of accounting standards (domestic and international) as well their amendments on accounting transactions.

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The Master of Professional Accounting program offers four emphases to support professional accounting licenses and designations’ examinations. The emphases are also designed to meet the changing needs of employers in the accounting profession.

Faculty

All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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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.

Courses in the Data Analytics Emphasis include:

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

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.

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
  • FIN520: Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • FIN530: Corporate Finance
  • MGT510: Strategy Planning

Career Outlook

This particular career path is closely tied to health of the economy.  As the economy continues to improve and grow, these professionals will be in high demand.

In this competitive field, obtaining your master’s degree in accounting will be highly beneficial, and make you more viable as a CPA.

You might consider earning an online master’s in accounting if you are:

  • Organized
  • Independent
  • Results-driven
  • Good with numbers
  • A critical thinker
  • An active problem solver
  • Able to communicate clearly, both verbally and digitally

A graduate degree in professional accounting can be exactly what you need to get a jumpstart on your career as a successful CPA.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Advanced Accounting and Auditing and Applied 21st Century Accounting are two of the awards you can receive as part of our professional accounting program. 

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Courses

Designed to prepare students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the Online Master of Professional Accounting program from CSU-Global consists of a series of graduate professional accounting courses. Emphases are placed on leadership, teamwork, planning, and communication skills.

In these courses, 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, adapt accounting methods and practices to best meet the needs of both employees and leaders within an organization, analyze and apply economic and financial concepts, principles, and theories to problems and opportunities, and communicate effectively on business issues and various corporate situations.

This 30 credit program consists of 24 credits of required graduate professional accounting courses, and 6 credits of elective coursework.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MPAcc Electives

    As part of this program, you will select two electives from the following list:
    ACT550: Advanced Income Taxation
    ACT557: Advanced Fraud Investigations and Forensic Accounting
    ACT558: Fraud and Forensic Accounting Data Analysis
    MGT510: Strategy Planning
    FIN530: Corporate Finance

  • 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.

  • ACT595*: Internship - Accounting

    This course is designed for students as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the Master of Accounting program under the supervision of both faculty and organizational personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor, as well as a final report reviewing the internship experience.

*ACT595 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in accounting.

Some Master of Professional Accounting students may also be required to take RES500 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 33 credits.

Cost and Schedule

Cost

If you’re pursuing a Master of Professional Accounting Degree, then you already understand the importance of cost. CSU-Global understands it as well, and that’s one of the reasons we guarantee that our low tuition rates will never increase, as long as you remain a student, and we will work with you to make sure you are able to complete the degree you start within your budget. Yes, we've accounted for everything. 

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Schedule

You’re busy, and we understand that. You have a lot to balance, and may well believe you’re too busy to return to school. But we’ve designed our Master of Professional Accounting Degree Program around students exactly like you. Our courses are 100% online, which means you advance at your own pace, and do the work when and where you find the time to do it.

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