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Extend your education and advance your studies in each of the major areas of accounting — financial, managerial, information systems, auditing and taxation, as well as supporting fields of finance and quantitative methods.

Prepare for a leadership-role in an accounting career, such as public accounting, information systems consulting, industry, finance or government. Or prepare for further study in a Ph.D. program leading to a career in an academic setting.

Program Highlights

Concentration options

Choose from concentrations in analytics, controllership, financial management or management information systems, or build your own in-depth study by combining elective courses.

Choose your program length

The M.S. in accounting program offers both full-time and part-time courses of study.

  • 1 Year
    Full-time students with an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited institution.
  • 1.5-2 Years
    All other full-time students.
  • 2-5 Years
    Part-time students.
  • Accelerated
    Accelerated M.S. program for UD undergraduate accounting majors can be completed in one year or less.

Program Requirements

In addition to required coursework, you may also be able to work for course credit on an individual study basis with a faculty member on an approved research project.

Curriculum At a Glance (30 credits)

REQUIRED COURSES (21 credits):
ACCT614 Federal Tax Research and Planning
ACCT804 Database Design, Networks and Implementation
ACCT810 Theory of External Reporting
ACCT820 Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT883 International Accounting
BUAD820 Data Analysis and Quality Management
BUAD840 Ethical Issues in Domestic & Global Business Environments

ELECTIVES – choose a concentration or 3 self-selected courses (9 credits):

Analytics concentration
BUAD820 Data Analysis and Quality Management
MISY830 Business Intelligence and Analytics
And select two from:
MISY631 Data Mining for Data Analysis
ACCT817 IT Auditing
BUAD621 Decision Analytics and Visualization
BUAD622 Optimization and Spreadsheet Modelling
BUAD625 Capstone in Business Analytics

Controllership concentration
BUAD840 Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments
And select three from:
ACCT817 IT Audit
ACCT840 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
MISY830 Decision Support and Analysis
MISY850 Security and Control
MISY873 Information Technology and Organizational Effectiveness
BUAD831 Operations Management and Management Science

Financial management concentration
FINC850 Financial Management
ACCT820 Financial Statement Analysis
And select two from:
FINC851 Financial Statement Analysis
FINC852 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINC853 International Financial Management
FINC856 Financial Engineering and Risk Management
FINC858 Corporate Governance
FINC861 Financial Modeling and Valuation

Management information systems concentration
ACCT804 Database Design, Networks & Implementation
ACCT806 System Analysis and Design
And select two from:
MISY830 Decision Support and Analysis
MISY840 Project Management and Costing
MISY850 Security and Control
MISY873 Information Technology & Organizational Effectiveness
ACCT805 Current Issues in Management Information Systems

Self-selected option; choose 3 courses
ACCT805 Current Issues in MIS
ACCT806 Systems Analysis, Design & Implement
ACCT817 IT Auditing
ACCT840 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
BUAD843 Special Topics in Global Business (study-abroad)
Finance: FINC850, FINC851, FINC852,FINC853, FINC586, FINC858
Business administration: BUAD 831; other BUAD classes need approval from advisor
Management information systems: MISY830, MISY840, MISY 850, MISY853, MISY873
Other electives with approval from advisor

Accounting course descriptions

Undergraduate Prerequisite Requirements

The M.S. is designed as a one-year, 30-hour graduate program beyond these undergraduate course requirements. If you lack any of these prerequisites, you may complete this work while in the M.S. program or you may want to consider the master of accounting practice (available fall 2018). Normally, those holding an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB International-accredited college will have met the general skills, business and management knowledge areas requirements outside the area of accounting. Graduate level courses taken to fulfill prerequisites will not count towards fulfilling the 30-hour requirement of the M.S. in accounting.

  • Intermediate Accounting I & II (U.S. GAAP)
  • Cost Accounting
  • AACSB general skills, business, and management knowledge areas requirements outside the area of accounting
  • Economics
  • U.S. Business Law

Faculty Research

Learn from faculty conducting research in exciting areas of the accounting field, such as Professor Jennifer Joe, whose unique research documents the influence that managers of high-risk companies can have on audits simply by demonstrating confidence to auditors.

Other faculty research areas include corporate disclosure and financial reporting issues, domestic and international financial reporting, taxation of financial instruments, capitalization requirements, tax law, compensation, voluntary disclosure, corporate governance, financial statement analysis, decision-making in accounting and auditing settings and more.

Career Opportunities

Accounting is always in demand. Having a master’s degree in accounting provides numerous career opportunities. Graduates work in public accounting, consulting, finance or for the government.


Admissions Information

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