The master of science in accounting, offered by the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, develops students’ advanced accounting knowledge, strong analytical and communication skills, as well as an awareness of ethical issues for careers in public accounting firms, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and major corporations.
The AACSB accredited MSA program satisfies the 150-hour course load required by most U.S. state licensing boards, including the state of New Hampshire. Students learn additional accounting knowledge in specialized courses focusing on the CPA exam.
Designed for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting, the graduate program can be completed in one year. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in accounting can apply but will complete additional undergraduate business and accounting courses prior to beginning the graduate program.
Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to complete seven required courses and three track courses. ACFI 850 Accounting Theory and Research is the capstone course.
All admitted candidates are expected to have completed a series of prerequisite courses. If an applicant has not completed all of the prerequisite courses, the admissions committee may offer provisional admission and require that the applicant take the prerequisite courses prior to beginning the standard course of study. Refer to the list of prerequisites below labeled "For Students with Non-Accounting Business Degrees".
|ACFI 820||Corporate Taxation||3|
|ACFI 825||Ethics and Non-Profit Accounting||3|
|ACFI 835||Governmental Accounting||3|
|ACFI 844||Topics in Advanced Accounting||3|
|ACFI 860||Advanced Business Law||3|
|ACFI 890||Accounting Information Systems||3|
|ACFI 850||Accounting Theory and Research||3|
|Select a track below||9|
Auditing and Assurance Track
|ACFI 830||Advanced Auditing||3|
|ACFI 896||Topics (International Accounting)||3|
|ACFI 840||Forensic Acctg & Fraud Exam||3|
|ACFI 896||Topics (Applied Tax Research and Planning)||3|
|ACFI 896||Topics (Advanced Topics in Tax)||3|
|ACFI 896||Topics (Advanced Business Taxation)||3|
Integrated Audit and Tax Track
|Select three of the six track courses above||9|
For Students with Non-Accounting Business Degrees
Prerequisites that must be completed at the undergraduate level are:
|ACFI 621||Intermediate Financial Accounting I||4|
|ACFI 622||Intermediate Financial Accounting II||4|
|MGT 647||Business Law I||4|
|ACFI 723||Advanced Managerial Accounting Concepts and Applications||4|
|ACFI 726||Introduction to Federal Income Tax||4|
Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business must also complete:
|ADMN 502||Financial Accounting||4|
|ADMN 503||Managerial Accounting||4|
|ECON 401||Principles of Economics (Macro)||4|
|ADMN 420||Business Statistics||4|
|ADMN 570||Introduction to Financial Management||4|
|ADMN 970||Economics of Competition||3|
|In addition, students must choose two of the following:||8|
|Behavior in Organizations|
|Quantitative Decision Making|