2017-2018 Catalog

Master of Science in Accounting

The primary objective of the Master of Science in Accounting is to provide specialized, graduate level education to persons seeking positions as professional accountants in industry, government, and non-profit organizations. 

Students who have not earned degrees from appropriate fields of study may be required to take additional coursework as a prerequisite for completing the program.

The program provides a well-balanced integration of theoretical accounting concepts and modern quantitative methods in decision-making.

Courses earned from Strayer University do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain professions in any state. All students interested in practicing a regulated accounting profession requiring licensure from a state regulatory agency should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency in the field of their interest. A listing of contact information for the most common accounting-related licensing boards is available on the Strayer University website at: https://icampus.strayer.edu/assignments-academic-support/student-services/student-consumer-information/information-licensed-careers.

Licensing information is also available from the following websites: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, https://www.aicpa.org/, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, www.nasba.org, Institute of Internal Auditors, www.theiia.org, Institute of Management Accountants, www.imanet.org, Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, www.acatcredentials.org.

Most states have additional requirements directly related to CPA examination preparation. Students should consult their respective state Board of Accountancy for further details.

This program offers specializations that allow students to tailor their degrees to fit their careers and learning goals. It is an exciting educational option for students looking to increase their understanding, advance their careers, and expand their opportunities in the following areas:

  • Corporate Accounting

  • Forensic Accounting

  • International Accounting

  • Public Accounting)

  • Taxation

This program is not available at the Mississippi or New Jersey campuses and is available in an online-only format to Mississippi and New Jersey students.

Students in North Carolina must have completed a bachelor's degree in accounting in order to be admitted into this program.

Strayer University’s business degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, PH: 913-339-9356.

Area I-Core Component

Required Courses

ACC 557Financial Accounting

ACC 560Managerial Accounting

ACC 562Advanced Auditing

ACC 564Accounting Information Systems

ACC 599Graduate Accounting Capstone

ECO 550Managerial Economics and Globalization

FIN 534Financial Management

LEG 500Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance


LEG 565Commercial Law

MAT 540Quantitative Methods

Total Credit Hours:40.5

Area II-Concentration Component

Students must choose one of the following Area II Concentration Components to complete the Masters of Science in Accounting.

Corporate Accounting Concentration

ACC 563Advanced Accounting Theory

ACC 565Organizational Tax Research and Planning

ACC 573Financial Reporting and Analysis

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Forensic Accounting Concentration

ACC 571Forensic Accounting

ACC 574Emerging Auditing Technologies

ACC 578Fraud Prevention and Detection

Total Credit Hours:13.5

International Accounting Concentration

ACC 568International Tax Planning and Research

ACC 572International Accounting Reporting Standards- IFRS

FIN 535International Finance

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Public Accounting Concentration

ACC 575Business Law and Tax

ACC 576Auditing and Business Concepts

ACC 577Comprehensive Financial Accounting

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Taxation Concentration

ACC 555Individual Tax Research and Planning

ACC 565Organizational Tax Research and Planning

ACC 568International Tax Planning and Research

Total Credit Hours:13.5

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 54.0