M.S. Accounting Areas of Study

Advanced Financial Accounting

This course builds upon your accounting knowledge by focusing on advanced financial accounting topics such as consolidations, partnerships, and international accounting.

Management Communication

This course prepares you for the communication challenges in organizations. Topics examined include: theories and strategies of communication, persuasion, and ethics that enhance communication to various audiences.

Advanced Managerial Accounting

This course introduces the complexity and functionality of managerial accounting systems within an organization. It covers the topics of product costing (including Activity Based Costing), decision making (including capital budgeting), profitability analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and reporting related to managerial decision-making. This course provides the opportunity for a detailed study of how managerial accounting information supports the operational and strategic needs of an organization and how managers use accounting information for decision-making, planning and controlling activities within organizations.

Advanced Auditing

This course covers the concepts, standards, procedures, and practices of auditing. It examines the topics of the changing role of the independent auditor, professional conduct and ethics, auditor's reporting responsibilities, risk assessment, internal control, evidential matter, and management fraud. This course is designed to help students examine how the role of internal and external auditing can best be performed through studying cases of integrated audit activities.

Financial Management

This course covers practical approaches to analysis and decision-making in the administration of corporate funds, including capital budgeting, working capital management, and cost of capital. Topics include financial planning, management of working capital, analysis of investment opportunities, sources of long-term financing, government regulation, and global influences. You will improve your ability to interpret financial statements and manage corporate finances.

Advanced Tax Concepts

This course is designed to enhance your awareness of the complexities and sources of tax law and to measure and analyze the effect of various tax options. This course provides an overview of income taxes on individuals, corporations, associations, reorganizations, and corporate distributions. This course emphasizes the role of taxes in business decisions and business strategy.

Fraud and Forensic Accounting

This course provides a framework for detecting and preventing financial statement fraud. Topics include the profession’s focus and legislation of fraud, revenue- and inventory-related fraud, and liability, asset, and inadequate disclosure fraud.

Strategic Management

This course focuses on models and practices of strategic management, including developing and implementing a strategy and evaluating performance to achieve strategic goals and objectives.

Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

This course is designed to be an introduction to the theory and practice of accounting in governmental and nonprofit entities. The course includes a thorough examination of the process of analyzing and recording transactions by governmental and nonprofit organization and their preparation of financial statements in accordance with Financial Accounting Board (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards. This course includes accounting for governmental and nonprofit entities (local, state, and federal), and voluntary organizations.

Accounting Research

This course helps students develop analytical and research capabilities and apply the technical knowledge of accounting theory and principles to solve complex accounting problems.