Curriculum

The MS Accounting program allows students to connect studies with the contemporary business environment. Courses offer theoretical knowledge relevant to the accounting profession, using big data tools to develop critical-thinking and data analysis capabilities. We aim to build human capital for short and long term. 

The program consists of seven required core classes (25 credits) and five elective classes (20 credits) offered during autumn, winter, spring and summer quarters each academic year. Students complete the program in one year on a full-time schedule, including summer quarter, or may choose to earn the degree on a part-time schedule.

Students will learn a body of knowledge that is relevant to practicing accountants along with an understanding of the foundations of modern finance and economics. We provide graduate level knowledge in these areas:

  • Advanced accounting topics, including Interrelationship of cost management and strategy
  • Accounting theory
  • Advanced managerial accounting
  • Advanced financial reporting
  • Analysis of financial statements for valuing a firm
  • Modeling consequences of accounting rules and regulations
  • Advanced auditing and forensic techniques
  • Financial accounting and research methodologies

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply discipline-specific technical and conceptual knowledge to address both routine and complex accounting transactions and topics.
  2. Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis of the risk environment and economic reasoning skills to support business decisions in a data driven environment.
  3. Produce clearly-written documents and oral presentations conveying accounting information in both technical and non-technical terms.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of evolving ethical and social obligations including the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as professional regulations and standards, and apply them to make informed decisions.

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