Online Graduate Accounting Courses and Classes Overview

Several schools offer graduate-level online accounting courses. These courses can be completed through online graduate certificate programs as well as online master's degree programs.

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Online Courses in Graduate Accounting

The course overviews below describe the curriculum of commonly offered online graduate accounting courses.

  • Accounting and Management Course: Students learn how to make successful decisions regarding finances in the workplace through lessons on tax concepts and principles, financial methods and managerial budgeting. They must complete projects to demonstrate practical applications of these concepts.
  • Intro to Non-Profit and Government Accounting Course: Students examine how local, state and federal governments create budgets. An overview of financial history and particular accounting methods affecting non-profit organizations and government agencies is included.
  • Graduate Tax Accounting Course: To enroll in this course, students must have several graduate prerequisite courses completed; the class may also require co-requisites. Lessons expound upon tax-related accounting, such as theories of yearly accounting, defining accounting methods, payment methods, annual worth of money and the Uniform Capitalization Rules.
  • International Accounting Course: International accounting must be taken concurrent with another graduate-level accounting class to fulfill its co-requisite requirement. The class covers accounting aspects within the international business industry by comparing international and domestic financial markets. Topics include capital costs and management, international economics, international budgeting and technology within financial markets.
  • Advanced Auditing Course: Advanced auditing typically covers subjects including auditor responsibilities, external auditing, reporting and information technologies. This course trains students to review finances and systems by applying standard auditing methodology.
  • Cost Accounting Course: This course will cover accounting systems which document cost data. Topics include cost behaviors, how to enforce a plan with regard to accounting and the management of inventory.
  • Financial Reporting Course: The theories of financial accounting will be analyzed and applied to topics such as assets, liabilities, income tax, stockholders, consolidations, estates, among other topics.

Program Information

Fully online accounting courses are widely available through graduate certificate programs. Students interested in earning a degree may also consider an online Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Accounting or Master of Accountancy program. Many master's degree programs help students meet the 150 credit hours required to sit for their state's Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Students applying to graduate-level programs with unrelated undergraduate degrees may need to complete prerequisite courses for admission.

Online graduate accounting courses are available through graduate certificates and master's degrees. Topics include cost accounting, financial reporting and auditing.

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