Do you have an interest in numbers, business and financial matters, but not necessarily in mathematics? A career in accounting may interest you, and if you are not already working in a related occupation, see our affordability ranking of online bachelors degrees in accounting.
This article ranks online masters degrees in accounting, and related topics, for affordability. As such, typical candidates are already working in accounting-related role and want to gain advanced credentials — possibly for work promotion — without having to stop working. The degrees referenced here offer the convenience of either 100% fully online or delivered in hybrid format that has some on-campus presence required — possibly for orientation, exams, some courses/ projects or internships. The 25 colleges ranked typically offer one or more of the following or similar accounting degrees at the graduate level:
- Master of Science in Accounting (MSA or MAcc) – possibly with Taxation, Auditing, Fraud Examiner or other specializations
- Master of Accounting (MAcc) – possibly with similar specializations/tracks
- MBA, Professional MBA or Global MBA — with concentration/ specialization in Accounting
- AICPA — American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- CFE — Certified Fraud Examiner
- CFM — Certified in Financial Management
- CGMA — Chartered Global Management Accountant
- CIA — Certified Internal Auditor
- CMA — Certified Management Accounting
- CPA — Certified Public Accountant (professional designation)
- GAAP — Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- IFRS — International Financial Reporting Standards
- SOX — Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance
Careers in Accounting
Accounting skills are in high demand – especially for accountants with one or more of the professional certifications listed above. According to the BLS OOH (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook), the collective jobs growth for Accountants and Auditors between 2014 and 2024 is expected to be 11%. There are also several related occupations to consider, some of which are listed in the scrolling window below. Note that some of these require only a bachelor’s degree, while others require a master’s. Several require professional certification. The list below also includes organizations/ industries that have shown a need for various levels of accounting skills.
- accounting information systems
- accounting manager
- attest engagements
- audit accountant
- bank officer
- budget analyst
- business executive
- business owner
- certified fraud examiner (CFE)
- certified internal auditor (CIA)
- certified management accountant (CMA)
- certified public accountant (CPA)
- chief financial officer (CFO)
- chartered accountant
- chartered global management accountant (CGMA)
- client consulting
- corporate accounting
- corporate controller
- cost accounting
- defense contract audit agency
- financial analyst
- financial manager
- forensic accounting
- franchise tax board
- government agencies (state, local, federal: e.g., IRS, FBI)
- internal auditor
- IRS agent
- management consultant
- managerial accounting
- nonprofit organizations
- public accounting
- senior accountant
- small business accounting
- staff accountant
- tax accountant
- tax auditor
- VP accounting
- We use the average out-of-state tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the colleges in question. Check Web sites for up-to-date graduate tuition rates.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- This college rankings list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing; however, NCES data is subject to change as colleges report new information.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is completely independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Accounting
Davenport University, Livonia Campus (source)
Davenport University (DU) is a private university established in 1866 and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The main campus is located in Caledonia Township, MI, about 19 miles roughly southeast of Grand Rapids and part of the suburbs.
DU offers three online master’s degrees and eight graduate certificates. For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accountancy (MAcc) with five specializations track options; two graduate certificates: (1) Forensic Accounting; (2) Managerial Accounting. This MAcc program’s specialization tracks prepare successful graduates for the prep courses that lead to different professional certification exams (CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE). It requires 30 credits, of which 15cr are for Core courses (five) and 15cr (five courses) for the chosen specialization track.Tracks: (1) Finance; (2) Fraud Examiner; (3) Internal Auditor; (4) Managerial Accountant; (5) Professional Accountant. Alternatives: While DU’s MBA program does not have an Accounting track, there are two 12-credit grad certs (Forensic Accounting, Managerial Accounting) which can be taken with the 30-credit or 39-credit MBA programs, or on a standalone basis.
Sample courses: Accountant Responsibilities and Ethics; Accounting and Financial Analytics; Accounting Information Systems; Accounting MBA Internship; Accounting Research and Communication; Advanced Financial Management; CMA Prep Financial Decision Making; CMA Prep Financial Planning/Performance Control; CPA Prep: Auditing (AUD); CPA Prep: Business (BEC); CPA Prep: Financial (FAR); CPA Prep: Regulation (REG); Forensic Accounting; Fraud Examination and Fraud Schemes; Fraud Investigation: Fraudulent Financial Statements and Asset Misappropriations; Fraud Investigation: Legal Issues; Graduate Accounting Experiential Learning; Graduate Accounting/Finance Elective; Graduate ACG Experience I, II; Managerial Accounting
Walden University (source)
Walden University is a private, for-profit/ PBC (Public Benefit Corporation) established in 1970 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded by two teachers from New York, Bernie and Rita Turner.
Walden offers over 50 online master’s degrees and several dozen grad certificates. For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA) with three specializations; MBA with Specialization in Accounting; graduate certificate in Managerial Accounting. WU’s MSA prepares successful students for the CPA and other professional accounting certifications.It requires 30 credits and offers three Specializations: (1) Accounting for the Professional; (2) Accounting With CPA Emphasis; (3) Self-designed. All three require 30 credits, with 15cr for core courses and 15cr for specialization courses (including a mix of accounting and, optionally, management/ leadership for the third option). A 12-credit grad-level Managerial Accounting certificate is embedded in the program, available after the first four courses are completed successfully. An alternative to the MSA is the 36-credit MBA program with accounting specialization. Core courses comprise 24 credits, specialization courses take 9cr and there is a 3cr Capstone course. Up to 18cr can be transferred in, and CFA Level I-III certifications can be applied towards credits.
Sample courses: Accounting Theory and Application; Analysis and Communication for the Financial Professional; Current Trends in Accounting Standards; Decision Making Tools for Today’s Financial Professional; Forensic and Advanced Auditing Topics; Information Security Governance; International Perspectives in Accounting; Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting and Finance; Managerial Accounting for Organizational Performance; Managing Operational and Financial Business Risks; Managing Regulatory Compliance; Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting; Solving CPA Problems; Tax Analysis and Decision-Making
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is a public university established in 1947 and located in Adelphi, Maryland, about nine miles approximately northeast of Washington, DC. It is part of the University System of Maryland and has multiple locations besides Adelphi.
UMUC offers 16 online master’s degree. For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting and Financial Management (MSAFM). UMUC’s MSA program requires 36 credits and combines five accounting, six financial management and one capstone course. Admission requirements include 15cr of undergrad accounting courses. The curriculum prepares successful graduates for the CPA professional certification exam. UMUC has a second Accounting program, MS Accounting and Information Systems, which is now a legacy degree for which no further applications are being accepted as of Fall 2016.
Sample courses: Accounting and Financial Management Capstone; Accounting Ethics; Auditing; Behavioral Finance; Federal Income Taxation; Financial Accounting; Financial Decision Making for Managers; Financial Management in Organizations; Fraud Examination; Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting; International Accounting; Investment Valuation; Long-Term Financial Management; Strategic Financial Management
22: Baker College
Baker College in Flint (source)
Baker College is a private, non-profit college established in 1911, but has roots that go back to 1888 with Muskegon College (which was brought into the same management group with Baker in 1965). Baker College’s main/ flagship campus is in Flint, Michigan, some 65 miles northwest of Detroit, MI. Original name: Baker Business University.
BC offers 16 online master’s degrees and 16 post-baccalaureate certificates. For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Accounting. BC’s MBA Accounting program is designed for students with an undergrad accounting degree. It requires 33 quarter credits (eight 4cr courses, one 1cr course) of MBA business requirements and 20 additional quarter credits (five courses) of Accounting Major requirements – for a total of 53 quarter credits.
Sample courses: Accounting for the Contemporary Manager; Financial Accounting; Global Accounting; Graduate Seminar; Human Behavior Management of Organizations; Human Resource Management; Management Information Systems; Non-Profit Accounting; Research and Statistics for Managers; Strategy in a Global Environment; Taxation; The Economic Environment; The Financial Environment; The Marketing Environment
University of Hartford (source)
University of Hartford is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1877 and located in West Hartford, Connecticut, about 43 miles roughly north-northeast of New Haven, CT. It was created through the combination of three schools in 1957, the oldest of which was Hartford Art School (1877), founded by Harriet Beecher Stowe (author/ novelist/ abolitionist), Olivia Langdon Clemens (wife of Mark Twain) and others.
Hartford offers five online master’s degrees (MBA, MEd, MSAT, MSOP). For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting and Taxation (MSAT) – Taxation Track. The UHart MSAT program offers students a 100% online taxation track for graduate accounting studies, so that they can “develop or advance a career in taxation in industry, public accounting, or government.” Total credit requirement is 30, and students have up to five years for completion. The curriculum prepares students for the CPA professional certification exam. UH also offers two postgraduate accounting certificates – one in Accounting (general), the other Taxation. The first requires a non-accounting bachelor’s degree. The second requires a JD or master’s degree, or having passed the CPA exam.
Sample courses: Advanced Corporate Taxation; Advanced Taxation of Pass-through Entities; Auditing Concepts and Problems; Cost Management; Federal Income Tax Concepts; Financial Reporting Theory; Research in Taxation; Seminar in Taxation; Taxation of Business Organizations
Friends University (source)
Friends University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1898 and located in Wichita, Kansas, about 162 miles roughly north of Oklahoma City, OK. It was founded by the Quakers/ Religious Society of Friends.
Friends offers six online master’s degrees. For online masters level programs in Accounting, they offer: Professional MBA with Concentration in Accounting; Global MBA with Concentration in Accounting. Friends offers an Accounting concentration for both their Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. Both options prepare students to develop the skills for accounting roles at either for-profit or non-profit organizations, as well as to qualify to sit for the CPA certification exam (at least in the state of Kansas). The Professional MBA requires 30credits total for the accounting concentration (up to 36cr for others), which includes 18cr for Core courses (six) and 12cr for Accounting concentration courses (four). The Global MBA requires 31-37 credits, with 16cr of Core courses and 15+ for concentration courses. Students without the necessary undergrad accounting and business coursework are required to take specific Foundation courses before proceeding with graduate coursework.
Sample courses: Advanced Auditing; Advanced Commercial Law; Advanced Financial Accounting; Advanced Income Tax; Foundations of Accounting and Finance; Managerial Accounting
Gabriel Library, California Baptist University (source)
California Baptist University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1950 and located in Riverside, California, 58 miles roughly east-southeast of Los Angeles, CA. Original name: California Baptist College.
CBU offers nearly 30 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); Fully Employed Master of Business Administration: Specialization in Accounting (MBA-ACC). The CBU MSA program is designed to prepare students as “effective, innovative and ethical financial leaders,” and provides a curriculum that prepares them for the CPA exam (at least in the state of California). It is also suitable for students seeking to teach accounting “at a higher education institute.” The program has an average timeline of 12 months and requires 30 credits — 9cr for business courses (three) and 21cr for Accounting courses (seven). Alternately, CBU offers their MBA-ACC, which takes an average of 16 months, requires 36 credits, and prepares students for the CPA or CMA certification exams. The 36 credits include 21cr for Business Core courses (seven) and 15cr for Accounting specialization courses (five).
Sample courses: Advanced Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Business Law for Accountants; Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting; Advanced Topics in Managerial Accounting; Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance; Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for CPAs; Financial Management; Organization Behavior and Leadership; Quantitative Business Modeling; Taxation for Business Entities
Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton (source)
University of Scranton is a private, nonprofit university established in 1888 and located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, about 121 miles roughly northwest of New York, NY. It was originally founded as St. Thomas College by Bishop O’Hara. Affiliation: Roman Catholic; Jesuit.
Scranton offers six online master’s degrees (MA, MAcc, MBA, MS) and two graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accountancy (MAcc); MBA with a Specialization in Accounting. The MAcc program prepares graduates for the CPA certification exam. It requires 30 credits and is open to non-accounting majors (who must take four Accounting prerequisite courses). The 30 credits consists of 18cr for Foundation courses (six) and 12cr for Elective courses (four). Alternately, Scranton offers an MBA with Accounting specialization that covers a range of topics including management, financial reporting, communications, ethics, leadership and more. It requires 36 credits and consists of 10 core and elective courses. Students can take 4-7 core courses (12-21 credits) and 3-6 specialization courses (9-18cr), plus a Capstone.
Sample courses: Accounting Communications; Accounting Ethics – Foundation of the Profession; Accounting Ethics: The Foundation of the Profession; Accounting for Management; Accounting Integration and Configuration; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Taxation and Regulation; Applied Accounting Research (Capstone); Contemporary Financial Accounting Topics; Contemporary Managerial Accounting Topics; Effective Accounting Communication; Financial Reporting and Research; Financial Reporting Fraud – Detection and Prevention; Financial Reporting Fraud Detection and Prevention; Intermediate Accounting I-III; International Accounting; Occupational Fraud and Abuse; Responsibility, Sustainability, and Justice
National University (source)
National University (NU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university that is based in La Jolla, California, about 13 miles roughly northwest of San Diego, CA, with dozens of campuses and learning centers in other parts of CA, as well as four other states (Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Virginia), plus an online division. It was founded in 1971 as Pikeville Collegiate Institute and is a member of the National University System.
NU offers 39 online master’s degrees (MA, MAcc, MBA, GMBA, MFA, MFS, MHA, MPA, MPH, MS, MSCS, MSBA, etc) and seven graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accountancy (MAcc); MBA with Specialization in Management Accountancy; graduate certificate in Accountancy. The MAcc program is designed for students with minimal accounting background, not for students with a bachelor’s in accounting. It does, however, prepare successful graduates for a CPA Exam review course (before sitting for the exam). The 63 quarter credits (qc) required consists of 14 accounting courses. Alternately, students can choose the NU MBA program with Management Accountancy specialization. It requires 16-19 courses (63-76.5 quarter credits), including some required Foundation courses. It prepares students towards the CMA designation. Finally, there is also a 27-quarter-credit grad certificate in Accountancy consisting of six courses. It prepares students for accounting work, but not necessarily for any professional certifications.
Sample courses: Accounting for Government and NFP Entities; Accounting Fundamentals; Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Financial Accounting; Advanced Managerial Accounting; Auditing Principles; Auditing Procedures; Cases in Accounting and Auditing; Cost Accounting; Finance Fundamentals; Financial Accounting I-III; Foundations of Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Taxation of Bus and Other Entities; Taxation of Individuals
16: Regis University
Carroll Hall, Regis University (source)
Regis University is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Denver, Colorado It was founded in 1877 as Las Vegas College and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church (Jesuit).
Regis offers over 40 online master’s degrees and over two dozen graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA in Finance and Accounting. The Regis MSA program prepares students for the CPA or CMA professional certification exams and covers a range of accounting topics. It consists of 10 courses totaling 30 credits (21cr for Electives, 6cr for Core, 3cr Capstone), plus 10-15 credits of prerequisite courses for students without the necessary undergrad accounting and business background. Alternately, students can take the Regis 36-credit MBA, which allots 15cr to Core courses (five), 6cr to Specialization Requirements courses (two), 9cr to Specialization Electives courses (three), 3cr to a General Electives course, and 3cr to an MBA Capstone course. Start dates for both programs are every eight weeks, and courses run eight weeks each.
Sample courses: Accounting for Non-Profit and Government Organizations; Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Auditing; Business Planning and Strategy; Case Studies in Management Accounting; Controllership; Ethical and Legal Environment of Business; Financial Applications XBRL and Interactive Data; Financial Reporting Policy and Practice; Forensic Accounting; Income Tax Research; International Accounting; Interpreting Accounting Information; IT Auditing; Seminar in Finance and Accounting; Tax Influence on Business Decision Making
Concordia University Wisconsin (source)
Concordia University-Wisconsin is a private, nonprofit university established in 1881 and located in Mequon, Wisconsin, about 20 miles roughly north-northeast of Milwaukee, WI. It was originally founded as Concordia College Milwaukee and is part of the Concordia College System (CCS).
CUW offers nearly 40 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Accounting; grad certificate in Accounting. The CUW MBA program prepares successful graduates for the CPA professional certification exam. It requires 39 credits, for which 24cr are for MBA Core courses (eight) and 15cr for Accounting concentration courses (five). Alternately, Students can start with the 15-credit grad certificate in Accounting, to prepare for a CPA career, and have five years (from starting the certificate) in which to take 24cr of MBA Core courses in order to earn CUW’s MBA Accounting degree. Both programs have open start dates. Contact CUW for details.
Sample courses: Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making; Applied Statistical Methods; Business Ethics; Corporate Finance; Database Management; Fraud Management; Human Resources Management; Leadership and Organizational Behavior; Managerial Economics; Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations; Statutory Accounting; Strategic Management; Systems Analysis and Design
Bellevue University (source)
Bellevue University is a private university established in 1966 and located in Bellevue, Nebraska, about 10 miles roughly southeast of Omaha, NE.
Bellevue offers nearly 30 online master’s programs. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA) with two concentration options: (1) Tax or (2) Finance. The BU MSA program prepares students for the CPA professional certification exam. It requires 36 credits in total, with nine required courses (27cr) and three MBA business courses (9cr). Students choosing one of the concentration options (Tax or Finance) must take at least three additional courses (9cr) in the selected area of focus.
Sample courses: Accounting for Governmental and Non-Profit Entities; Accounting Information Systems: Controls and Forensics; Accounting Internship; Accounting Theory; Advanced Accounting Problems; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Cost Accounting; Advanced Individual Tax Accounting; Business Analysis for Decision Making; Financial Auditing; Financial Management and Strategy; International Accounting; Operations and Logistics in the Value Chain; Seminar in Contemporary Accounting: Selected Topics; Tax Planning and Strategies; Taxation of Business Entities; Taxation of Flow-through Entities
Grand Canyon University (source)
Grand Canyon University is a for-profit university established in 1949 and located in Phoenix, Arizona, the capital of the state and part of the metropolitan area nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. It was originally founded by Arizona Southern Baptists as Grand Canyon College, a non-profit institution, but has been for-profit since Feb 2004.
GCU offers several dozen online master’s degrees (MA, MBA, MS, MSCJ, MSOL, MPA, MSN, etc.), including concentrations/ specializations, in 10 topic categories. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA with an Emphasis In Accounting. GCU’s MSA program prepares students for the CPA certification exam, and covers topics that include legal and ethical practice, SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) compliance policies, financial reporting, taxation, and more. It requires 34 credits and consists of nine courses, including two Capstones and an grad orientation course. Alternately, GCU offers an MBA with Accounting concentration that requires 54 credits and consists of 14 courses (including grad orientation). Courses for both programs are eight weeks in length, and both programs allow up to 12 transfer credits.
Sample courses: Accounting Information Systems; Accounting Practices; Advanced Audit; Advanced Financial Accounting; Advanced Financial Statement Analysis; Advanced Managerial and Cost Accounting; Advanced Taxation; Applied Business Probability and Statistics; Business Law and Ethics for Accounting; Economics; Finance Principles; Financial Research and Compliance; Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Business; Leadership and Organizations; Managerial Accounting; Managerial Finance; Marketing Management; Operations Management; Quantitative Methods; Strategic Management
Hodson Hall, Indiana Wesleyan University (source)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Marion, Indiana, about 52 miles roughly southwest of Fort Wayne, IN. It was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The student body represents over 80 Christian denominations.
IWU offers over 80 online programs of at all levels, including master’s degrees and certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); . This MSA program covers standards and practices for a ranging of accounting services: “performing forensic accounting and auditing services, financial reporting, and tax preparation and advisory services.” It requires 30 credits and has a timeline of 18-26 months. Prerequisites include statistics and a selection of undergrad accounting courses. Without these prerequisites, students may need additional credits for MSA completion. Program alternatives: IWU’s MBA program curriculum includes two required accounting courses.
Sample courses: Accounting Information Systems and Control; Accounting Seminar: Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Managerial Accounting; Advanced Tax Theory and Research; Corporate Taxation; Critical Thinking and Business Communications for Accountants; Ethics and Business Law for Accountants; Financial Accounting Theory and Issues; Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Brenau University (source)
Brenau University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1878 and located in Gainesville, Georgia, about 54 miles roughly northeast of Atlanta, GA
Brenau offers nine online master’s degrees (including concentrations) and an online EdS program. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MBA Accounting with two Concentrations: (1) Public Accounting, (2) Management Accounting; graduate certificate in Accounting. The BU MBA program requires 45 credits and 15 courses. There are eight Core courses (24cr) and five concentration courses (15cr), plus two MBA Foundations courses (6cr). Students seeking CPA, CFE or CIA professional certification credentials should take the Public Accounting concentration. The Management Accounting concentration is intended for students seeking CMA or CGMA credentials, and leads to career roles includes CFO or controller. Students with a non-accounting master’s degree might consider the grad certificate, which has the same two concentration options as the Accounting MBA.
Sample courses: Advanced Accounting; Auditing; Budgeting for Managers; Corporate Risk Management; Cross-Cultural Business Challenges; Financial Management; Financial Statement and Business Analysis; Fraud Detection and Internal Control; Global Economics; Integrated Business Operations; Introduction to Business Communications; Management and Organizational Behavior; Marketing Management; MBA Foundations; Strategic Management; Taxation; Valuation
Saint Leo University (source)
Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1889 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, about 34 miles roughly north-northeast of Tampa, FL. It was founded as a Catholic college (the first in Florida) by Benedictine monks and named after Pope Leo the Great, later recognized as a saint.
SLU offers 30 online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accounting (MAcc); MBA with Accounting Concentration; graduate certificate in Accounting. The SLU MAcc program prepares students for the CPA and CMA professional certification exams, and covers a range of key accounting topics to prepare graduates for variety of roles including financial reporting, analysis of financial statements, application of tax laws, evaluating legal concerns and more. Some or all of the nine prerequisite undergrad accounting and business courses may be waived if a candidate has complete those or equivalent coursework. The 30 necessary credits for completion include 24cr for Accounting courses (9, incl. orientation) and 6cr for Non-Accounting courses (two). Alternately, there is the SLU MBA program with Accounting concentration, which has a timeline of 1-5 years and requires 36 credits – 18cr for Business Core courses (six) and 18cr for concentration courses (six). SLU also offers an 18-credit grad certificate in Accounting that prepares student for taking the CPA certification exam.
Sample courses: Accounting Theory ; Advanced Cost Accounting ; Business Law and the Accountant ; Contemporary Issues in Auditing ; Corporate Finance ; Federal Taxation of Business Entities ; Fraud Examination ; Fund Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting ; Managerial Economics ; Master of Accounting Orientation ; Using Financial Accounting Information
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (source)
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (SJCM) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1912 and located in Standish, Maine, about 20 miles roughly northwest of Portland, ME. Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
SJC offers over a dozen online master’s degrees and a number of grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accountancy (MAcc). SJC’s MAcc program requires 36 credits and either an undergrad degree in business or the equivalent of the required foundation courses at the undergrad level. Students lacking this background need to take up to five prerequisite courses. Study terms are 10 weeks long, and there are five terms per year. Successful graduates of the MAcc are prepared for the CPA professional certification exam. There is also a 1-year Fast Track Option (see site or contact SJC for details).
Sample courses: (Applied) Corporate Financial Management; Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Management Accounting; Advanced Topics in Disclosure and Financial Reporting; Audit (Risk Management and Assurance Services); Financial Accounting Standards and Analysis; International Accounting; Leadership and Relationship Management; Legal Environment / Business Law (Ethics); Research for Accounting Professionals; Taxation (Business)
Western International University (source)
Western International University (West) is a private, for-profit university established in 1978 and is located in Tempe, Arizona, some 10 miles southeast of Phoenix, AZ.
West offers seven online master’s degrees (MA, MS, MBA, MPA), excluding concentrations. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA Accounting. The West MAcc program covers topics covered by GAAP and IFRS. It is designed for students with minimal undergrad accounting background. The timeline is 58 weeks, with courses starting monthly, and minimum credits of 39, plus 9cr of undergrad accounting prerequisites. Of the 39 credits, 18cr are for Accounting core courses (six) and 21cr for Major courses (seven). The West MBA program with Accounting concentration also has a 58-week timeline and requires 39 credits, with 24cr for Core courses and 15cr for concentrations — plus the same 9cr of undergrad accounting courses. Both programs prepare successful graduates for the CPA and CMA professional certification exams
Sample courses: Accounting Theory and Research; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Consolidation Accounting; Advanced Cost Accounting; Corporate Finance; Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility; Federal Taxation; Forensic Accounting; Foundations of Accounting; Global Communication for Professionals; Intermediate Accounting Applications; International Accounting; Managerial Accounting and Decision Making; Multinational Taxation
Wilmington University (source)
Wilmington University (aka WilmU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1968 and located in New Castle, Delaware, about six miles roughly southwest of Wilmington, DE, and about 38 miles roughly southwest of Philadelphia, PA. It was originally founded as Wilmington College. The university has 14 locations (campuses and learning centers) collectively in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, as well as an online division. All degree programs can be completed online.
WU offers nearly 20 online master’s degrees and a selection of graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA Accounting. The WilmU MSA program consists of ten courses totaling 30 credits. Eight courses (24cr) are Core and two are electives. The program prepares students with “exposure to core accounting theory and practice.” The program prepares successful graduates towards the path to various professional certification exams: CPA, CMA, CFE. Alternately, students can choose the MBA program with Accounting concentration. It requires 36 credits total, comprised of 12 courses. There are seven MBA Core courses (21cr) and five concentration courses (15cr).
Sample courses: Advanced Financial Analysis; Advanced Managerial Accounting; Business Strategy; Economic and Financial Environment of Business; Federal Taxation, Policy and Research; Financial Accounting Theory, Policy and Research; Financial Management; Fraud Prevention and Forensic Accounting; Global Marketing Management; International Accounting and Taxation; Issues in Auditing and Assurance Services; Managerial Accounting; Organizational Behavior and Ethical Leadership; Quantitative Business Analysis
DeMoss Learning Center, Liberty University (source)
Liberty University is a private, nonprofit, Christian institution established in 1971 by noted Pastor Jerry Falwell. The university was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College and renamed in 1984. Liberty, which claims to be the world’s largest Christian university, is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, approximately 115 miles west of Richmond, VA.
Liberty offers nearly 50 online master’s degrees (excluding concentrations). For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA with Concentration in Accounting. The LU MSA covers a variety of topics focused around accounting, auditing and taxation. It prepares successful graduates for the CPA exam requirements. Requirements include 30 credits, with a maximum of six transfer credits. Of the 30 credits, 21cr are for Core courses (seven) and 9cr are for Elective courses (three). Courses run for eight weeks each, and the program can be completed in a 1-2 year timeframe. Students must meet program prerequisites, including seven undergrad accounting courses. Alternately, students can take the 45-credit MBA program with Accounting concentration, which allows a maximum 12 transfer credits. This breaks down to 33cr in MBA core courses (11) and 9cr for accounting concentration courses (four).
Sample courses: Accounting Ethics; Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Business Law for Accountants; Advanced Cost Accounting; Advanced Financial Accounting Theory; Effective Executive Communication; Entrepreneurship; International Business; Managerial Finance; Organizational Behavior; Strategic Leadership and Management; Strategic Marketing Management; Tax Research and Jurisprudence
Post Tree, Post University (source)
Post University is a private, for-profit university established in 1890 and located in Waterbury, Connecticut, about 30 miles roughly southwest of Hartford, CT. It was originally founded as Post College.
Post offers five online master’s programs (MSA, MBA, MEd, MPA, MSHSV) with nearly 20 concentrations collectively. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). Post’s 30-credit MSA program requires eight prerequisite undergrad courses for admissions. The 30 grad credits break down to 18cr for Foundation Accounting (six courses), 9cr for Foundation Management (three courses) and a 3cr Accounting capstone.
Sample courses: Advanced Audit Issues; Advanced Topics in Taxes; Current Topics in Accounting (Capstone); Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for Professional Organizations; Enterprise Risk Management (ERM); International Accounting; Leading the Professional Organization; Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting; Organizational Creativity, Discovery and Innovation; Research and Writing for the Accounting Profession
John R. Dover Memorial Library, Gardner-Webb University (source)
Gardner-Webb University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1905 and located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, about 52 miles roughy west of Charlotte, NC. Original name: Boiling Springs High School. Affiliation: Baptist State Convention (North Carolina).
GWU offers nine online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: Master of Accountancy (MAcc) with three Emphases: (1) General, (2) Forensic, (3) Tax; MBA with Emphasis in Accounting. GWU’s MAcc program prepares successful grads for “upper-level accounting and financial positions in public accounting, private industry, or government.” Students have the option of three tracks, depending on the area of accountancy that interests them, including a General track. Of the 30 required credits, 15cr are for Core courses (5), 9cr for Accounting Electives (3 courses) and 6cr for Business Electives (2 courses). Students with a stronger interest in business may instead choose GWU’s MBA program with an Accounting concentration. The 36-credit program consists of 30cr of MBA Core courses and 6cr for emphasis Electives (two courses).
Sample courses: Accounting Legal Issues and Ethics; Accounting Theory and Practice; Advanced Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Auditing; Cases in Financial/ Managerial Accounting; Federal Income Tax; Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Seminar in International Accounting; Topics in Accounting
Western Governors University Administration Building (source)
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1997 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The name comes from the fact that the university was founded by over a dozen U.S. governors of western states. All programs through WGU are online. It awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as post-bachelor’s certificates.
WGU offers over 30 online master’s degrees (MA, MBA, MEd, MS, MSN). For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MAcc). This MAcc program offers a 30-credit curriculum of 10 courses. The curriculum prepares students for the CPA professional exam (in most states), as well as the CMA and CIA exams. (Check licensure details in your state.) Terms run six months and students are expected to complete at least 8-9 credits (three courses).
Sample courses: Accounting Research; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Financial Accounting; Advanced Managerial Accounting; Advanced Tax Concepts; Financial Management; Fraud and Forensic Accounting; Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting; Management Communication; Strategic Management
Cumnock Hall, University of Massachusetts-Lowell (source)
University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a public university established in 1894 and located in Lowell, Massachusetts, about 35 miles roughly northwest of Boston, MA. It was originally founded as Lowell Normal School. UML has a baseball research center and, not surprisingly, a fair number of notable alumni who are athletes (baseball, hockey).
UML offers over 40 online degrees and certificates, including several at the master’s level. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA with Concentration in Accounting. The MSA is a 30-credit program of 10 courses, with five required (15cr), two accounting electives (6cr) and three business electives (9cr). Students must have completed seven specific undergrad accounting courses or their equivalent (see site for details). Students with an interest in combining accounting with more business can take the 30-42 credit MBA with Accounting concentration (10-16 courses). Of that, six courses (12cr) for Foundations, seven courses (21cr) Required MBA Core, and three courses (9cr) MBA Electives.
Sample courses: Accounting Information for Management Decisions; Advanced Auditing; Advanced Cost Management; Advanced Management and Sustainability Accounting; Contemporary Accounting Issues; Corporate Finance; Customers and Markets; Financial Accounting; Financial Accounting Theory and Research; Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting; Globalization and Accounting; Government and Non-Profit Accounting; Management Information Systems; Managing Organizational Change; Operations Management; Tax Factors in Business Decisions; Taxation of Business Entities
American Public University System (source)
American Public University System (APUS), which includes APU (American Public University) and AMU (American Military University), is a private, for-profit system of universities founded in 1991 and based in Charles Town, West Virginia, about 63 miles roughly northwest of Washington, DC. APUS is organized as an entirely online learning institution and has no campus.
APUS offers three dozen online master’s programs (MA, MBA, MEd, MS, MPA, MPH, MPP) collectively. For online master’s level programs in Accounting, they offer: MS Accounting (MSA); MBA with concentration in Accounting. The MSA program requires a total of 36 credits, with up to 15 transfer credits accepted. The curriculum covers a range of topics, including: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); IRS tax codes, research, and tax return preparation and more. The 39-credit MBA program’s curriculum includes 18 credits for Core requirements and 9cr in accounting courses for that concentration. These programs are available through both APU and AMU branches of APUS.
Sample courses: Accounting Theory and Concepts; Advanced Accounting; Advanced Auditing Topics; Advanced Cost Accounting; Advanced Federal Taxation; Financial Accounting Theory Capstone; Financial Reporting and Analysis; FINC605 – Financial Accounting; Forensic Accounting; Individual Tax Research and Planning; Intermediate Accounting; International Accounting