Expand your career options with Southern New Hampshire University’s master's degree in accounting online. Tailored for those seeking career advancement as CPAs, corporate accountants, auditors, fraud examiners, financial analysts and more, our Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to help you move into high-level positions in banking, taxation, insurance or any company with a financial division. You’ll enhance your analytical skills, deepen your knowledge of accounting principles and learn the latest technology from instructors with real-world expertise.
At SNHU, you can complete your degree in as few as 15 months at a university with more than an 80-year history of graduating successful business students.
SNHU’s master’s in accounting online meets the 150-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in most states. (Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary by state. Be sure to contact the Board of Accountancy in your state for complete details.) In some states, having an MS in Accounting means supervised work requirements are reduced by up to two years, so you could become certified even faster.
Our accounting graduate degree curriculum is designed to enhance your understanding and skills in a range of areas such as:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in accounting online 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. Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume.
Complicated financial regulations have increased the demand for accounting professionals. Accounting and auditing career opportunities are expected to grow 13 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Our online master's degree in accounting will help you interact effectively with executive management and strengthen your ability to succeed in middle and senior management positions. It will also prepare you to take professional certifications exams, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Our accounting graduates have a solid history of passing certification exams, and our wide network of alumni provides industry connections.
The online MS in Accounting curriculum will provide you with the strong accounting background required for success in this field. This degree meets the 150-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam, adopted by most states.
The online accounting master’s degree curriculum requires a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 17 graduate courses (36 to 51 credits), determined by your undergraduate background in business and undergraduate major. Other courses are eligible for exemptions or waivers if you have an undergraduate major or concentration in accounting or accounting/finance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course studies the theory and practice of federal income taxation of individuals.
This course studies the theories and practices of income taxation of corporations and partnerships and excise tax on estates and gifts.
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 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.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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