Accounting, M.S.A

This program is offered by the Accounting (Academic) Department

Program Description

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) provides students with in-depth, working knowledge of advanced accounting issues and emerging technologies that are most relevant in today's business environment. Graduates will be equipped to succeed in a wide range of professional accounting careers in public accounting, industry, and government in today's highly competitive, global, and regulated environment. In addition, this program will prepare students to meet the educational requirements of most states for CPA licensure.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced accounting issues and theories, and be able to use technologies for financial decisions and reporting. A graduate will be able to interpret and apply accounting standards to solve complex business problems.
  2. Inquiry is a systematic process of exploring issues/objects/works through the collection and analysis of evidence that result in informed conclusions/judgments. A graduate will have developed the inquiry skills to break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  3. Quantitative Learning, also known as numeracy or quantitative reasoning is a "habit of mind," competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong quantitative literacy skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts. A graduate will have acquired the ability to understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats such as words, tables, and graphs.
  4. Ethical reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct, requiring students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. A graduate's ethical self-identity will evolve as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues.