MS in Accounting - Auditing

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Focus Your Master of Science Degree in Accounting with a Concentration in Auditing

Capitalize on the growing demand for qualified accountants and auditors by earning your online Master’s in Accounting and Auditing Concentration from Southern New Hampshire University. Increase your chances of landing the accounting and auditing jobs of choice by learning about Sarbanes-Oxley and what steps companies must take to comply with these federal requirements. Improve your advancement potential by helping corporations meet the demand for greater transparency in financial reporting. Take courses that meet the International Standards on Auditing and earn the credit hour requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states.

Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Accounting with an Auditing Concentration is a minimum 36-credit degree program designed for accounting professionals. For students who have not earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting or related business major, there may be two to three additional required courses to meet the Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Auditing degree requirements.

Auditing Concentration Courses

ACC-645: Advanced Auditing
This course is designed to introduce the student who is familiar with financial auditing principles to advanced auditing topics including 1) beyond the financial audit, 2) when audits go wrong, and 3) behavioral and ethical concerns for auditors. The course utilizes a combination of case studies, student presentations, and reviews of current auditing research and professional materials to assist students in increasing their knowledge of auditing. This is a reading intensive course.
ACC-620 ACC-640 and ACC-691
ACC-646: Introduction to Forensic Accounting/ Fraud Exam
This course will develop the student's understanding of what forensic accounting and fraud examination is and how it pertains to both civil and criminal matters. The student will gain a basic understanding of the characteristics of fraud, fraud prevention and detection, investigative techniques, asset recovery, and the use of information technology in this interesting and growing profession.
ACC-620 and ACC-640; or UG Accounting degree; or 2
ACC-691: Detection/Prevention of Fraudulent Financial Statements
This second course in forensic accounting and fraud examination examines the various types of fraud and its impact on the financial information presented. The objective of this course is to identify common fraud schemes and scams. Participants in this course will learn how to review, detect, and investigate possible financial statement fraud by addressing such topics as income smoothing, off balance sheet financing, fictitious sales/revenue, and understatement of liabilities, just to name a few. Various techniques will be used to explore substantive analytical procedures to assess the risks of financial statement fraud.
ACC-695: Seminar in Audit/Information Assurance
This course is designed to deepen your conceptual understanding of the function of auditing and information assurance and provide you with a framework for analyzing contemporary accounting issues.
ACC-645, ACC-689, and ACC-691

MS in Accounting - Auditing Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses

ACC-550: Cost Accounting
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.
ACC-610: Financial Reporting I
This course examines financial accounting theories and practices and emphasizes asset and liability, measurement and reporting.
ACC-620: Financial Reporting II
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.
ACC-630: Financial Reporting III
This course examines such advanced accounting topics as partnerships, consolidations, insolvencies, estates and trusts.
ACC-640: Auditing
This course is a study of the concepts and methods of professional auditing.
ACC-675: Control/Audit of Accounting Info System
New auditing and quality control standards adopted by the PCAOB and the AICPA require auditors to have adequate technical training and must understand the role information technologies play in the maintenance and effective internal control of financial information. Knowledge of EDP auditing and control is particularly important in complying with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), which requires auditors to attest to the standards of internal control and any material weaknesses disclosed by senior management. This course will give auditors the knowledge they need to comply with SOX Section 404 by allowing them to test the process rather than just the product of the financial information system. Select curricular standards set by ISACA will be addressed to assess and to improve auditing and internal control practices.
ACC-620 and ACC-640
ACC-690: Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
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.
FIN-500: Financial Management
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
ACC-500, ACC-510 or ACC-550 and MBA-502
INT-600: Multinational Corporate Management
This course is an introduction to the nature of international operations and issues of management for multinational activities, with particular emphasis on the cultural, political, economic and physical dimensions of foreign nations.
MBA-610: Business Law
This course focuses on the theory and application of business regulations and the laws of contracts, agency, property and business organizations. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in business law or the equivalent.
QSO-510: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in statistics, or the equivalent.
TAX-650: Federal Taxation of Individuals
This course studies the theory and practice of federal income taxation of individuals.
TAX-655: Federal Income Tax of Corporations & Partnerships
This course studies the theories and practices of income taxation of corporations and partnerships and excise tax on estates and gifts.

ACC 550 Cost Accounting - If waived, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
ACC 610 Financial Reporting I - If waived, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
ACC 640 Auditing - If waived, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
MBA 610 Business Law - If exempt, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
TAX 650 Federal Taxation of Individuals - If exempt, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained

Foundation Courses

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business
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.
MBA-502: Economics for Business
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.
MBA-503: Financial Reporting and Analysis
This course is designed to help future business leaders across all functional areas appreciate and understand the rules and regulations, processes and procedures, and significance of financial accounting statements and reports. It provides a balanced presentation between how statements are prepared and, more importantly, how to analyze these statements and footnotes to assess a company's performance within the industry and management's performance within a particular company. New government regulations have made the integrity and quality of financial accounting information everyone's responsibility. This course will help future business leaders conduct better internal audits, improve forecasts and valuations, and make better management decisions.

Learn the Practical Skills You Need to Succeed in the Auditing Profession

Sparked by high-profile corporate scandals in financial reporting and the collapse of the banking, investing and housing industries, companies are searching for skilled professionals to fill important auditing jobs so they can comply with tougher standards and position their companies for future growth. Taught by experienced auditing professionals, this Auditing concentration prepares you to pursue auditing jobs with confidence.

You will learn:
  • Theoretical and practical skills companies look for today in potential employees, including how to use the latest technologies to solve common accounting auditing challenges.
  • Best practices for implementing transparency policies that meet federal legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • How to analyze a company’s financial reports and develop growth strategies based on the company's mission and goals.

Prepare Yourself for a Successful Auditing Career

Driven by ''an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders,'' the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average growth - 22 percent - in accounting and auditing careers between 2010 and 2020. Employment of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks is also expected to rise in that same time period by 16 percent.

Southern New Hampshire University's auditing classes are taught by professors with years of practical experience in accountancy programs.

Admission Requirements

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.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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