MS in Accounting - Taxation

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Enhance Your Accounting Career with a Master's in Accounting and Taxation

Specialize in taxation to enhance your career opportunities with a master's in accounting and taxation. The master's in Accounting with a Concentration in Taxation will introduce you to key concepts, rules and practices involving areas such as income taxation for individuals, corporations and partnerships, as well as excise tax on estates and goods. Through practical, interactive course work, you will gain the analytical and technical skills public and private companies, and municipal agencies require in their accounting professionals. Earning this master's in taxation online also allows candidates to sit for the CPA exam in most states, which can further advance your earning potential.

Taxation Concentration Courses

TAX-665: Estate and Gift Taxation
This course deals with the federal taxation of gratuitous transfers during a taxpayer's lifetime and property transfers at death. After gaining knowledge of the relevant statutes, regulations and case law, the student will develop estate and gift planning strategies to address estate and gift planning aspects of business and life events.
TAX-670: Tax Research Methodology/Practice & Procedures
This course explores the methods and techniques of federal tax research. In addition, students will learn the rules and procedures for representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service.
TAX-700: Special Topics in Taxation
This course offers an in-depth study of special topics in federal taxation. Major, contemporary problem areas of taxation are explored.

MS in Accounting - Taxation Concentration Courses

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.
ACC-700: Accounting Capstone
As the final step in students' journeys toward their Master of Science degrees in Accounting, this capstone course will integrate previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize and integrate prior learning to design or develop a capstone as a culmination of their studies. The course will be structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements and developing a well-thought-out, comprehensive capstone project. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits in the program.
ACC-630 or ACC-640
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 640 can be replaced with ACC-646: Intro to Forensic Accounting/Fraud Exam
MBA 610 Business Law - if exempt, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
ACC 550 Cost Accounting - if exempt, no replacement, as long as total number of credits is obtained
ACC 610 Financial Reporting I - 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
TAX 655 Federal Income Tax of Corporations and Partnerships - 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.

Earn your Online Accounting Degree – Taxation Concentration from a Fully Accredited,
-Award Winning University

Taught by professional accountants, this master's in accounting and taxation program is designed to prepare you to meet the growing demand in the workplace for highly skilled accountants. By introducing you to topics involving taxation, you will gain the foundation you need to launch your career in this high-demand accounting specialty.

Along with helping enhance your career options, the online Accounting degree with a Concentration in Taxation is:

  • Affordable - SNHU provides one of the most affordable degree programs in New England.
  • Convenient - Courses are offered online and on campus.
  • Flexible - Part-time and full-time options are available, starting at any of the four sessions offered throughout the year.
  • Accessible - GMAT and GRE are not required for acceptance.
  • Proven - SNHU is an accredited university that has been successfully graduating accounting students for more than 80 years.

Discover an Online Accounting Degree that Offers New Career Opportunities in Taxation

The online Accounting master's degree program, with a concentration in Taxation, will prepare you for a career as a tax specialist. Whether you want to work for a public corporation, a private firm or a governmental agency, you will gain the knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact.

Along with the comprehensive training in accounting practices and principles, this online accounting degree program will probe into the theory and practice of important tax-specific topics, including:

  • Federal income taxation of individuals
  • Federal income taxation of corporations and partnerships
  • Excise tax on estates and gifts
  • Federal taxation of gratuitous transfers during a taxpayer's lifetime
  • Property transfers at death

Earning an Advanced Online Accounting Degree Can Help You Capitalize on Strong Employment
Growth Projections

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders will drive job growth" for accountants and auditors between 2008 and 2018. The BLS projects that these professions will grow by 22 percent in that time period - much faster than average job growth for all other professions. By earning your online Accounting degree with a Concentration in Taxation from Southern New Hampshire University, you can position yourself to take advantage of this remarkable growth. And since this online Accounting degree program qualifies you to sit for most state CPA exams, you will have the foundation you need to advance your career even farther in the coming years. Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Taxation is a minimum of 36-hour 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's in accounting with a concentration in Taxation degree requirements.

This program will be most suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in business and two years direct experience in the accounting field. Prerequisites may be required for some courses.

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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