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Purdue University Global | 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. Learn more about this Purdue University Global online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Government

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A bachelor's degree in business, management, accounting, or finance, or another related degree, or 45 credit hours of undergraduate courses that meet the ACBSP's Common Professional Components is generally required. Unrelated degrees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. All applicants to Purdue University Global graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government is designed to provide students with the skills needed to handle accounting in situations both working for the government and dealing with the government as part of a semi-public or nonprofit organization. With a strong focus on generating and analyzing accounting data, risk management and compliance strategies, and managing an accounting department, this program offers many opportunities to learn what it takes to keep an organization running. The Master of Science in Accounting program is intended to offer graduates all they need to know in order to pass licensure exams such as the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Management Accountant exams. The specialization in Government focuses on knowledge specific to government organizations - and those closely related to the government, such as public universities, as well as complying with regulations that apply to such groups.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

52 credits.

Financial Aid Required:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government:

The Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government requires 36 credit hours of core courses, 4 credit hours of open electives, and 12 credits of government concentration courses, for a total of 52 credit hours. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (36 credits)

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Accounting
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Corporate Tax Decisions and Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Economics for Global Decision Makers
  • Graduate Capstone in Accounting

Government Specialization Requirements (12 credits)

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • Internal Control Assessment and Design

Elective Requirements (4 credits)

  • Open Electives (4 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

A Master of Science in Accounting is often the end of the educational road for many, but opportunities to continue do exist for those who wish to keep learning. Doctorates often come with expanded responsibilities and may involve significant time teaching.

Doctoral degree programs that a graduate might pursue include:

  • PhD in Accounting
  • PhD in Finance
  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) with a concentration in Accounting

Career Paths:

The Master of Science in Accounting with a specialization in Government degree is intended to prepare students to work as mid-level or even senior management positions in government organizations and nonprofits. Opportunities to learn relevant skills like risk management, analyzing accounting data, and how to handle legal and regulation issues mean that graduates who seize upon these will be prepared for a career in government accounting.

A graduate might hold positions in the following fields:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • Payroll services
  • Management of nonprofits or government organizations
  • Tax preparation

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