Master of Science in Accounting Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting program provides advanced coursework for those looking to continue their careers within the accounting field and/or pursue obtaining a CPA license. The degree prepares students to be competitive in the increasingly cross-disciplinary focus of accounting practice by offering coursework that combines accounting, finance, and management.

Master of Science in Accounting Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of, and the ability to apply, concepts of accounting practice and theory.
  • Evaluate complex accounting problems from the perspective of multiple business disciplines and formulate, communicate, and defend recommendations.
  • Use the knowledge, skills, and concepts of accounting and finance using evidence-based practice methodologies.
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve accounting problems using a technology-based solution.
  • Produce clearly written, concise business analyses, and deliver clear, organized, persuasive oral presentations.
  • Recognize the importance of diversity and develop effective interpersonal and group interactions.
  • Initiate and lead teamwork in the fields of accounting and finance, manage multi-cultural communication and possible conflicts.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Accounting program, students will have a an in-depth understanding of accounting and auditing practice, standards, and ethics. They will be prepared to take on leadership roles in the accounting field and pursue advanced career options.

Required Courses, 36 credits (12 courses):

  • BUS501 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS503 Managerial Finance
  • ACC500 Financial Accounting
  • ACC502 Accounting Information System
  • ACC504 Advanced Auditing
  • ACC555 Systems Auditing

Required Core Courses (cont.)

  • ACC563 Advanced Accounting Theory
  • ACC570 Forensic Accounting
  • ACC575 International Accounting Systems
  • ACC580 Advanced Federal Taxation
  • ACC581 Advanced Business Taxation
  • ACC599 CAPSTONE: Accounting

General Education Requirements
12 Credits

  • ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
  • SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability

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General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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