Master of Science in Accounting (MSAC)

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Reach your career goals with a master in accounting degree

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.

Location On-Campus Online
Washington, DC
Virginia
Chicago

36

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CREDITS

15

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COST PER CREDIT

MSCHE Accredited

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Accounting Degree Overview

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.

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Accounting Courses & Curriculum

The Master of Science in Accounting degree program consists of 12 courses for 36 academic credits. Students complete twelve courses. All courses are three credits.

36 credits
  • BUS501 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS503 Managerial Finance
  • ACC500 Financial Accounting
  • ACC502 Accounting Information System
  • ACC504 Advanced Auditing
  • ACC555 Systems Auditing
  • ACC563 Advanced Accounting Theory
  • ACC570 Forensic Accounting
  • ACC575 International Accounting Systems
  • ACC580 Advanced Federal Taxation
  • ACC581 Advanced Business Taxation
  • ACC599 CAPSTONE: Accounting

Master of Accounting Requirements & Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Accounting program 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 professional standards, then formulate, communicate, and defend recommendations to decision-makers based on those evaluations.
  • Utilize 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 from the individual to the population level.
  • Produce clearly written, concise business analyses, and deliver clear, well organized, persuasive oral presentations.
  • Recognize the importance of diversity and integrate their unique cultural backgrounds with those of other students and with faculty members to develop effective interpersonal and group interactions.
  • Analyze accounting situations in keeping with professional standards and moral values and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • 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.)
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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Master of Accounting Frequently Asked Questions

The Master’s of Accounting is one of the programs UOTP offers. This program aims to increase individuals’ professional qualifications and job options. UOTP curriculum will allow you to strengthen the essential technical parts of financial and managerial accounting theory while also expanding your communication, research, and technological talents.

Depending on whether you will choose to study full-time or part-time, on-campus or online, earning an MSAC will typically take you two years to complete. However, you can choose an accelerated program to complete your degree in less time.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your MSAC degree by calculating your school cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

If you are to complete an MSAC program at UOTP, you’ll gain the educational background and framework needed to pursue professional certification, such as certified public accountant, certified management accountant, certified internal auditor, or certified fraud examiner.

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac gives you the opportunity to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online MSAC program. It is entirely up to you to choose how you want to get your degree.

It all starts with you deciding to get a Master’s in Accounting. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures. Not to forget that you can always contact an admission officer to help you with the whole process.