Graduate Programs in Accounting

Accounting is the method and process by which financial and economic data is managed, archived, analyzed and reported in accessible and useful formats for decision-making in government, business and industry, the non-profit sector, and other organizations and individuals. An undergraduate degree prepares students with mathematical and analytical aptitude to organize and interpret data efficiently and accurately.

CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification, as well as Certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification each require a fifth year of course work. This additional study is often completed as part of a Master’s degree. There are several options for the Master’s degree, depending upon the school chosen and the career path selected.

  • M.S. (Master of Science) in Accountancy
  • M.S. in Accounting and Financial Management
  • M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) in Accounting
  • IMAcc (Integrated Master of Accountancy) – the fifth year of study to meet the requirements for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant
  • GMAcc (Graduate Master of Accountancy) – a two-year program that prepares people with little or no accounting training for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant
  • M.S. in Forensic Accounting (criminal investigation and legal) leading to certification as a Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • MBA in Forensic Accounting

Whether you choose to work in Public Accounting, Government Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing and Internal Auditing or Forensic Accounting, some additional education will be required for the appropriate certifications and licensure.

Finally, if you wish to pursue a career in research or teaching in higher education, you will want to obtain a Ph.D. in Accounting. The Ph.D. program will focus on higher learning, experience, research and classroom experience.

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