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MS in Accounting - Public Accounting Concentration

The Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting program at Strayer University can help individuals prepare for certification as public accountants. Learn more about Strayer University's Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting

School Offering Program:

Strayer University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting program should have a background in accounting and may be interested in preparing for certification as a CPA. Applicants to Strayer University should have already earned a high school diploma or equivalent; however, graduate or specialized programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Strayer University's Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting program offers coursework in financial accounting, forensic accounting, financial management, and risk analysis. Students have the opportunity to learn about accounting information systems, managerial economics for a global economy, and ethics, law, and corporate governance. Topics in the public accounting concentration courses include regulation, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Code of Professional Conduct, ethic and legal responsibilities, and the Uniform Commercial Code; advanced topics in auditing and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and financial accounting and reporting, including financial statements, income statements, receivables, inventories, and employee benefits. A completion capstone project is required to demonstrate competencies in auditing and financial, managerial, and forensic accounting.

Learning Format:

Online and Campus-Based

Total Credits Required:

54 credits

Financial Aid:

Students enrolled in Strayer University may be eligible for federal grants and loans, employer tuition assistance, military benefits, state grants, institutional scholarships, and private loans.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting:

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

Area I - Core Component (18 credits)

  • ACC 557: Financial Accounting
  • CIS 500: Information Systems for Decision-Making
  • ECO 550: Managerial Economics and Globalizations
  • MAT 540: Quantitative Methods

Area II - Major Component (22.5 credits)

  • ACC 564: Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 571: Forensic Accounting
  • ACC 599: Graduate Accounting Capstone
  • FIN 534: Financial Management
  • LEG 500: Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance

Area III- Concentration Component (13.5 credits)

  • ACC 575: Regulation
  • ACC 576: Auditing and the Business Environment
  • ACC 577: Financial Accounting and Reporting

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accounting program at Strayer University can seek employment in corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Some positions may require certification. Graduates could pursue positions such as:

  • Tax accountant
  • Certified public accountant
  • Financial controller
  • Internal Auditor

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