Kaplan University

MS in Accounting - Government

The Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government program is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of financial management and reporting practices that can be applied to businesses or public agencies. Read more about this Kaplan University program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Individuals interested in enrolling in the Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government program should have a 4-year degree in a related field, such as accounting, business, or finance. Graduate accounting students will have the chance to examine field-specific laws and regulations, principles, and modern-day issues. In addition, the program is designed to teach students specialized practices needed for government sector auditing and financial controlling. Students could choose one of four specializations: audit, finance, government, or tax. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics in economics, risk and security assessment, cost accounting, and information systems planning. This Kaplan University program is designed to prepare participants for professional credentialing exams, such as the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor.*

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 a Government 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)

Government Specialization Requirements

  • AC 550: Accounting Information Systems (4 credits)
  • AC 556: Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting (4 credits)
  • AC 557: Internal Control Assessment and Design (4 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing this Kaplan University master's degree program, graduates could be able to pursue work with local or regional government agencies, such as tax assessment or administrative offices. At the national level, graduates could be able to seek supervisory or staff accountant responsibilities with any number of federal offices, agencies, or bureaus; the Department of the Treasury; or the Internal Revenue Service. Opportunities could also be sought with schools, not-for-profit organizations, and corporations.

Besides potentially being able to find work as a government accountant, those who earn a Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government could be able to move into careers as a:

  • Public accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Internal auditor

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