Deepen your understanding of critical accounting and finance principles by earning a Master of Science in Accounting Finance, available on campus and online, from Southern New Hampshire University.
Corporations and organizations large and small are in need of qualified, trained financial professionals who recognize the importance of accurate quantitative analysis and compliance with strict financial statement regulations. SNHU’s accounting and finance master’s degree program will give you the tools you need to help these entities thrive by teaching you auditing methods, budgeting, cost analysis, financial reporting, and individual and corporate tax preparation.
Developed with input from corporate partners like Fidelity, the MS in Accounting Finance degree program can open up a variety of career opportunities in for-profit, nonprofit and municipal sectors. Your professors, who collectively bring decades of accounting and financial experience into the course work, know which skills are needed in the workplace today and how to prepare you to meet those needs.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your accounting and finance master's degree at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Careers in accounting and finance can be found in nearly every type of business endeavor. Earning your accounting and finance master’s degree will prepare you to seek roles as a public and corporate accountant, auditor, budget analyst, investment analyst, personal financial planner, record and bookkeeper and tax preparation and planning specialist.
With increased scrutiny on corporations to comply with strict accounting practices and a rising demand for transparency in business practices, there's a growing need for trained professionals to fill roles in corporate finance, banking, investing, government, and a variety of for-profit and nonprofit industries. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, accounting and finance careers are expected to grow upward of 20 percent by 2018.
Southern New Hampshire University's accounting and finance master's degree curriculum combines theory with practice in two in-demand fields. By broadening your skill set in areas such as budgetary analysis, cost accounting, and financial management, you can improve your marketability significantly in a number of careers.
This course provides a comprehensive study of the concepts, procedures, and practices of accounting systems that record, classify, and report cost data. These systems are designed to aid in the cost-effective operation of for-profit and non- profit organizations. This course focuses on cost behaviors, alternative cost systems, and accounting tools for planning and control. Additional topics studied would include relevant cost analysis for management decisions, cost/ revenue allocation methods, inventory management, and transfer pricing.
This course examines financial accounting theories and practices and emphasizes asset and liability, measurement and reporting.
This course is a continuation of ACC 610. Topics include stockholders' equity, income measurement, income taxes, pensions, leases and statements of changes in financial positions.
This course examines such advanced accounting topics as partnerships, consolidations, insolvencies, estates and trusts.
This course is a study of the concepts and methods of professional auditing.
This course is an examination of advanced topics in accounting, including SEC reporting, corporations in financial difficulty, multinational accounting and additional consolidation reporting issues not covered in Financial Reporting II.
This course provides a survey of the legal environment of business by looking at legal issues and regulations in a business context. The students assess the impact of business law on organizational decision making for informing strategic legal decisions. The course covers employment law, contracts, tort and product liability, internet law as well as other legal issues affecting the business environment. The students also assess the legal and ethical implications of US companies doing business abroad.
This course is an introduction to tax factors that are relevant in business and personal financial planning decisions. This includes regular and S corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries, tax shelters and tax research. This course is open only to non-accounting students. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in accounting or the equivalent.
This course is a study of finance from a corporate perspective including investments, capital structure and re-structuring, budgeting, financial markets, policy, and portfolio management. Students will analyze a firm's opportunities and risk level within these categories to evaluate the impact on shareholder's value.
The course covers traditional working capital topics, including liquidity analysis and management, inventory, and receivables and payables management. Additional emphasis is given to core cash management, payment systems and banking relationships. Other topics include cash forecasting, short-term borrowing and risk management.
This course analyzes processes within the U.S. financial system. Students study the nature of its major participants and their objectives and procedures for assessing opportunities and pricing risk. Students also analyze the role of the financial system in the allocation of credit to different sectors, its responsiveness to economic activity and its continuous adaptation to changing needs. Emphasis is placed on the role and functions of the Federal Reserve System.
This course first addresses advanced topics in capital investment, including determination of cash flows, capital budgeting under risk, replacement decisions, and inflation and capital decisions. The second half of the course focuses on capital financing and structure and includes topics in financial leverage, financing sources, dividend policy, cost of capital and valuation.
Students study the techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Stocks and bonds are discussed in terms of valuation, risk- return measurement, diversification and other aspects of portfolio theory.
This course is intended to extend and further develop the long-term investment and financing topics introduced in earlier courses. The course focuses on applied managerial decision-making, and is designed for students seeking a more thorough understanding of the economic analysis of mergers and acquisitions and the effect capital structure decisions have on firm value. Topics addressed include advanced techniques in capital budgeting, firm (division) valuation, capital structure, firm (division) cost of capital, and quantitative risk assessment.
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course emphasizes the creation and interpretation of financial statements critical to an understanding of today's economy. Various financial topics related to financial statements are covered. Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements are explored in-depth giving students an appreciation of how these statements are prepared and the standard accounting rules that apply to their creation.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.