Expand Your Financial Expertise with an Accounting Finance Master’s Degree
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.
Master of Science in Accounting Finance Degree Benefits:
- Median annual salary of $121,750 for financial managers*
- 19% projected job growth for financial managers through 2026*
- Key courses include: Cost Accounting, Auditing, Business Law and Corporate Financial Management. Request degree information now.
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.
- Multiple term starts throughout the year - complete your degree at your own pace
- 24/7 online accessibility - attend class when and where it's convenient
- More than an 80-year history of graduating successful business students
- This program is accredited by both NECHE and ACBSP
- One of the lowest tuition rates in the nation
Gain the important financial analysis and quantitative skills required for leadership or management positions with this online master's from Southern New Hampshire University. Apply online today!
See Yourself Succeed in Accounting Finance
Developed with input from corporate partners like Fidelity, the MS in Accounting Finance online 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 coursework, 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 online accounting and finance master’s degree at SNHU include:
- Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
- Convenience. Attend class when it’s convenient for you – online education means 24/7 access
- Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term
- Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
- Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission
- Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities
- Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 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 and providing undergraduate transcripts.
With the business world facing increased scrutiny to comply with strict accounting practices, there's steady demand for trained professionals in corporate finance, banking, investing, government and nonprofits. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, opportunities for accountants and auditors are expected to grow 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.* Careers in accounting and finance include:
- public and corporate accountant
- budget analyst
- investment analyst
- personal financial planner
Please note: Students cannot earn CPA certification simply by earning a college degree. If you wish to follow the traditional CPA track upon graduation, you'll need to verify you meet all requirements to sit for the exam. Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state, so it's best to review your state-specific requirements. For state-by-state educational requirements, consult the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). For state-by-state CPA licensing requirements, consult the Accounting Licensing Library, powered by the NASBA. The content of our programs aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and fulfills the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states.
The online curriculum combines theory with practice in two in-demand fields. You’ll broaden your skill set in areas such as budgetary analysis, cost accounting and financial management.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|MS in Accounting and Finance|
|Courses May Include|
|MS in Accounting Finance Online|
|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||Students will be introduced to foundational financial accounting theories and practices, with emphasis placed on standards and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Students will learn to analyze financial statements and accounts for advising stakeholders on related business decisions. Course content will include measurement and reporting of cash and receivables, inventories, assets, and liabilities. This course is the first of three financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 620||Financial Reporting II||Students will build upon knowledge gained in ACC610. Concepts will be concentrated on additional financial activities and the impact they have on financial statements. These activities will include stockholders' equity, income management, pensions, leases, and statement of cash flows. This course is the second of three financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 630||Financial Reporting III||Students will apply advanced accounting skills by integrating concepts from ACC610 and ACC620. They will analyze reports and develop strategies for common business planning situations related to partnerships, trusts, and consolidations. This course completes the financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 640||Auditing||This course is a study of the concepts and methods of professional auditing.|
|ACC 690||Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting||Students will utilize acquired accounting skills through statement preparation and analysis of business planning for advanced topics. Relevant themes prepare learners for roles that manage U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, corporations in financial difficulty, foreign currency transactions, and government and nonprofit accounting. Emphasis will be placed on reporting standards and requirements outlined by governing bodies.|
|FIN 550||Corporate Financial Management||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.|
|FIN 610||Short-Term Financial Management||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.|
|FIN 620||Money and Capital Markets||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.|
|FIN 630||Capital Budgeting & Financing||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.|
|FIN 640||Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management||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.|
|FIN 660||Creating Value: Merger/Acquisition||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.|
|MBA 610||Business Law||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.|
|TAX 660||Tax Factors in Business Decisions||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.|
|Total Credits: 42|
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Graduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 15 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (viewed online December 6, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.