Kaplan University

MS in Accounting - Audit

The Master of Science in Accounting with an Audit specialization program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of advanced knowledge of fiscal analysis and management practices. Read more about this Kaplan University graduate degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with an Audit specialization

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Students interested in enrolling in the Master of Science in Accounting with an Audit specialization program should have a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business. The program is designed to explore financial management standards as documented by industry organizations, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. In addition, students will have the chance to explore regulatory issues and field-specific topics in taxation, international trade and banking, fraud cost accounting, and supply-and-demand. The Audit specialization is intended to teach students how to uncover internal security breaches and modify information systems accordingly. Students will have the chance to learn how to gather evidence and document forensic accounting issues, question suspects, and bear witness to their findings. In addition, the program is designed to ready students for credentialing exams, including the Institute of Internal Auditors' Certified Internal Auditor and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Certified Public Accountant.*

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

52 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Accounting with an Audit Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • AC 501: Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 credits)
  • AC 502: Regulation (4 credits)
  • AC 503: Advanced Auditing (4 credits)
  • AC 504: Ethical Issues in Business and Accounting (4 credits)
  • AC 505: Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting (4 credits)
  • AC 507: Corporate Tax Decisions and Strategies (4 credits)
  • GB 512: Business Communications (4 credits)
  • GB 540: Economics for Global Decision Makers (4 credits)
  • Accounting Electives (8 credits)

Audit Specialization Requirements

  • AC 550: Accounting Information Systems (4 credits)
  • AC 555: Fraud Examination (4 credits)
  • AC 557: Internal Control Assessment and Design (4 credits)

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Career Paths:

Upon completion of this Kaplan University program, graduates could go on to pursue work with accounting firms, banks, financial consulting agencies, private businesses, government departments, or non-profit organizations. Graduates might take on responsibilities in budgeting, financial recordkeeping, risk assessment, fraud investigation, or compliance management.

With this accounting degree, graduates could be able to find employment as a:

  • Internal auditor
  • Public accountant
  • Accounting supervisor

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