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A better understanding of the bottom line will help you succeed in the business world, whatever your title or position.

Grasping the effect a budget has on organizational decision making isn’t easy for everyone. If you have a mind for numbers, fine-tuning your skills through specialized online accounting courses will give you the upper hand in financial and management opportunities.

This program will help prepare you for the CPA exam and show employers you have the advanced accounting knowledge to succeed in real-world situations. Some topics you will cover include global accounting, income tax preparation, and financial ethics.



This program consists of four graduate online accounting courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • 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.
  • ACT550 Advanced Income Taxation
    This course is an in-depth study of pass-through entities, estates, and gift taxation. Students will learn how partnerships, S corporations, and limited liability companies are taxed. Basic estate planning will be discussed, as well as federal estate, trust, and gift taxation.
  • 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


A specialization in Accounting pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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