2019-2020 Catalog

Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed for individuals working toward a career managing or directing the financial function of an organization. The comprehensive program contains a seven course core that creates a broad foundation in accounting, tax, and audit. Courses in finance, law, leadership, and ethics complete the program core and provide a knowledge base for decision making crucial for successful businesses.

Complementing the core are a choice of two of five possible depth blocks. Each block is designed to provide extensive working knowledge of a specific area that will enable students to function productively in the workplace. Students select the two depth areas that align with their interests and job prospects.

Completion of the program provides the depth and breadth of knowledge required to sit for the CPA and CMA exams as well as other standardized accounting and finance exams.

The Master of Professional Accounting will prepare students to:

  • Apply relevant accounting, audit, law and tax principles when preparing, analyzing and presenting information.
  • Appraise information and results to identify problems, solutions and opportunities.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively while listening and synthesizing input.
  • Critique business information with a global and diverse perspective.
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of business decisions.
  • Research relevant accounting, tax, and business information to guide business decisions.
  • Use mathematical, statistical, and logic concepts and processes to analyze and interpret data.

Total Required Credits (45-65 Credits)

Prerequisite Courses Required (20 Credits)

AC 215Fundamentals of Accounting

5

AC 301Intermediate Accounting I

5

AC 302Intermediate Accounting II

5

AC 303Intermediate Accounting III

5

AC 301: Prereq: AC 215 or equivalent

AC 302: Prereq: AC 301 or equivalent

AC 303: Prereq: AC 302 or equivalent

Program Core (21 Credits)

AC 550Auditing Theory and Practice

3

AC 553Advanced Accounting Strategies I

3

AC 555Advanced Accounting Strategies II

3

AC 557Corporate Taxation

3

AC 559Business Law for Accountants

3

MBA 540Strategic Financial Management

3

AC 563Capstone - Ethics and Leadership in the Practice of Accounting

3

AC 555: Prereq: AC 553

Depth Block (24 Credits)

Each student takes two blocks.

Public Accounting (12 Credits)

AC 530CPA Review - Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR)

3

AC 531CPA Review - Regulation (REG)

3

AC 532CPA Review - Auditing & Attestation (AUD)

3

AC 533CPA Review - Business Environment & Concepts (BEC)

3

AC 532: Prereq: AC 550

Information Security Audit (12 Credits)

ISEC 500Information Security Overview

3

AC 540Auditing Techniques

3

ISEC 605Information Security Auditing

3

ITMGMT 570Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure

3

Finance (12 Credits)

FIN 551Equity Markets, Derivatives, Alternative Investments and Debt Instrument Management

3

FIN 553Capital Formation, Portfolio Management and Corporate Management

3

FIN 555Banking, Fixed Income and Movement of Capital

3

FIN 557Ethics, Quantitative Methods and Economics of Finance

3

Graduate Electives** (12 Credits)

**Program Director approval required.

 

Management Accounting (12 Credits)

AC 501Applied Management Accounting Concepts I

3

AC 502Applied Management Accounting Concepts II

3

AC 540Auditing Techniques

3

MBA 535Managerial Accounting

3