Online BS to MS Accelerated Accounting Degree


Put Your Accounting Career on the Fast Track

Zeroing in on a career in the lucrative accounting field? SNHU offers a quicker way to earn the qualifications you need to reach your goal with our fast-track BS to MS Accelerated Accounting degree program, available online and in blended online and face-to-face format at our regional centers.

You can save time and money with this specially designed Accelerated Accounting Degree program, created for focused students who want to earn both their BS and MS. This affordable Accelerated Accounting Degree program consists of a combined 150 credit hours, enabling you to graduate with a marketable edge in the job market and be well on your way toward achieving your career goals.

The bottom line: The faster you earn your accounting degrees, the sooner you can launch the career in accounting you desire.

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Get on Track with Our BS to MS Accounting Program

The flexibility of our Accelerated Accounting Degree program enables you to begin working in the field while pursuing your education. Apply your new expertise on the job while working toward your advanced degree.

Students interested in becoming a certified public accountant should first review the regulations in their respective states. Students may find the Accelerated Accounting Degree program ideal for their needs.

Additional Benefits of the Accelerated Accounting Degree Program:

  • Accounting faculty includes CPAs, CMAs and certified fraud examiners with extensive academic and professional experience. 
  • An accelerated accounting degree program at one of the most affordable tuition rates available. 
  • One of the few accelerated accounting degree programs offered online. 
  • Choose how you want to learn: online or a combination of online and face-to-face. 
  • Small classes enable plenty of interaction with classmates and teachers. 
  • A respected, nonprofit university.

Valuable Outcomes with the BS to MS Accounting Degree Program

You’ll be prepared to pursue a rewarding career in accounting with the BS to MS Fast Track Accelerated Accounting Degree program.

The concentrated, advanced study in accounting will help you pursue your desire to become a CPA, corporate accountant, auditor or financial analyst, or seek positions in banking, taxation, insurance or finance. SNHU Accounting graduates have distinguished themselves in the profession.

Auditing and accounting positions are expected to grow 13 percent through 2022, much higher than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median average salary for accountants and auditors was $60,340 in 2009, according to the BLS, with the top 10 percent earning more than $104,450. On average, those with master’s degrees earn 23 percent more than those with only bachelor’s degrees, according to the BLS.

Advanced Course Work for a Professional Accounting Career

The BA to MS Fast Track Accelerated Accounting Degree program provides a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices in the bachelor's degree program and builds on it with knowledge of advanced accounting in the master’s degree program. After completing the required 120 undergraduate credits, students are awarded a BS in Accounting. Contact an admission representative or academic adviser to learn more.

Required Core Courses

Accounting (BS) Major Courses

ACC-307: Intermediate Accounting I
This is the first of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The first course focuses on understanding the theoretical framework that provides the foundations for the development of various accounting standards, regulations and practices. This followed by a review of the accounting cycle, including adjusting, correcting, reversing, and closing entries. Students will learn how to prepare accurate and complex financial statements including required disclosures that must accompany an organization's income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows; and how time value of money impacts the recording of various transactions. The course concludes with a presentation of techniques to analyze income measurement and profitability analysis.
ACC-102 or ACC-214 or ACC-202
ACC-308: Intermediate Accounting II
This is the second of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The second course focuses on an improved understanding of a company's assets and begins a discussion of liabilities. Students will study the recording and disclosure requirements for cash and receivables, inventories, long-lived operational assets and investments, which also serve as financial instruments for an organization. The course concludes with a presentation of recording and disclosure requirements for current and long-term liabilities. Integrated within this course will be exposure to CPA simulation questions and the use of the FARS database for conducting accounting research.
ACC-203 or ACC-307
ACC-309: Intermediate Accounting III
This is the last of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. Students will study the reporting and disclosure requirements for more complex accounting topics that would include leases, accounting for income taxes and pensions, and shareholders' equity, including share-based compensation and various earnings per share (EPS) computations. Other financial reporting issues discussed include accounting changes and error corrections as well as the presentation of requirements for partnership accounting issues. Integrated within this course will be exposure to CPA simulation questions and the use of the FARS database for conducting accounting research.
ACC-345: Financial Statement Analysis/ Business Valuation
Accountants and other business professionals are often called upon to evaluate the financial health and market value of their company and of other companies under consideration for acquisition. This course presents theory, tools and techniques that are later applied to the actual analysis of a publicly traded company, as well as an introduction to fundamental valuation techniques. It will extend prior analysis to include the computation of free cash flows, the interpretation of notes to financial statements and the integration of information provided in various SEC filings to evaluate a corporation's future prospects. This is a team intensive course.
ACC-307 and FIN-320
ACC-405: Advanced Accounting
Advanced Accounting includes a comprehensive examination and analysis of the accounting principles and procedures that are applicable to special areas of business. The topics covered are partnerships, consignments, installment sales, branches, business combinations, consolidations, bankruptcy, foreign exchange, and estates and trusts. Particular emphasis is placed on problem solving.
UC students need ACC 308; COCE students need ACC 3

Allied Courses: 3 credits

BUS-307: Business Law II
The study begun in Business Law I continues as the topics of commercial paper, real and personal property, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, estate planning and government regulation of business are explored.

Accounting 4+1 Accelerated Track

ACC-315: Accounting Systems Applications
This course introduces the student to various commercial accounting software application programs. The student will have hands-on experience with actual computer preparation of accounting transactions using accounting software in general ledger, financial statement preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cost control and allocation and budgeting. It is assumed that students have a basic working knowledge of personal computers. Programming knowledge is not necessary.
ACC-202 and CIS-100 or IT-100
ACC-322: Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
This course covers the accounting principles and procedures applicable to governmental and nonprofit institutions.
ACC-203 or ACC-307
ACC-411: Auditing Principles
This course presents an in-depth examination of audit programs and procedures. It emphasizes the review of internal controls as required during an audit engagement, as well as the considerations pertaining to both clients and auditors.
ACC-204 or ACC-308
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-680: International Accounting
This course focuses on accounting in the global marketplace and reviews international accounting standards for financial reporting and introduces and compares taxation and financial and managerial accounting issues in the international environment. NOTE: ACC 680 can be used as an international business elective.

Free Elective Credits: 12

Total Credits: 120

Accelerated Accounting (MS) Online Curriculum

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-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-696: Situational Ethics in Accounting
This course deals with the application of academic research related to ethical decision making, identifying evolving ethical issues in the accounting and business environment, and evaluating and applying theories of ethics and justice. Students will be exposed to ethical situations affecting the accounting and business environments to gain a solid foundation on which to address possible circumstances they may face as accounting professionals.
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.
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.

Select One of the Following:

ACC-660: Controllership
This comprehensive course is designed to help financial managers master the technical, financial, accounting and people management skills necessary for the job of a corporate controller.
ACC-550 or ACC-600 and ACC-620
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-692: Interview Techniques/Legal Aspects of Fraud
This third course in forensic accounting and fraud examination will acquaint the participant with interview principles and techniques. Additionally, the participant will be exposed to some of the legal aspects pertaining to the identification and prosecution of fraud.
ACC-693: Investigating with Computers
This fourth course in the Graduate Certificate will provide guidance and knowledge for conducting investigations via machine. The skills of the participant in this course will be strengthened in such areas as identification of the types of public records available to investigate; how to access the public records through databases; navigation of the Internet to find useful material; the use of fraud-related software packages to detect and investigate possible fraudulent activities; and the use of data analysis programs and spreadsheets to detect fraud.
ACC-646, ACC-691 and ACC-692

Total Graduate Credits: 30

Total BS + MS Accounting Accelerated Credits: 150

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