Lead more. Contribute more. Earn more.

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.

Courses (30 credits)

REQUIRED COURSES (21 credits):

ACCT 614 – Advanced Federal Taxation
ACCT 604 – Database Design & Implementation
ACCT 620 – Theory of External Reporting & Applications
ACCT 625 – Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 683 – International Accounting
BUAD 620 – Fundamentals of Analytics
BUAD 640 – Ethical Issues in Domestic & Global Business Environments

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

Analytics concentration
Select three from:
MISY 631 – Data Mining for Data Analysis
MISY 667 – Unstructured Data Analytics
ACCT 602 – Big Data Technologies
ACCT 617 – Auditing, Ethics & Professional Responsibility
BUAD 621 – Decision Analytics & Visualization
BUAD 622 – Optimization & Spreadsheet Modeling
BUAD 625 – Business Analytics Capstone

Controllership concentration
Select three from:
ACCT 617 – Auditing, Ethics & Professional Responsibility
ACCT 640 – Contemporary Issues in Accounting
MISY 630 – Business Intelligence & Analytics
MISY 650 – Security & Control
MISY 673 – Information Technology & Organizational Effectiveness
BUAD 631 – Operations Management & Management Science

Financial management concentration
FINC 650 – Financial Management
And select two from:
FINC 651 – Financial Statement Analysis
FINC 652 – Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
FINC 653 – International Financial Management
FINC 656 – Financial Engineering & Risk Management
FINC 658 – Corporate Governance
FINC 661 – Financial Modeling & Valuation

Management information systems concentration
ACCT 606 – System Analysis & Design
And select two from:
MISY 630 – Business Intelligence & Analytics
MISY 640 – Project Management & Costing
MISY 650 – Security & Control
MISY 673 – Information Technology & Organizational Effectiveness
ACCT 605 – Current Issues in Management Information Systems

Self-selected option; choose 3 courses
ACCT 605 – Current Issues in Management Information Systems
ACCT 617 – Auditing, Ethics & Professional Responsibility
ACCT 640 – Contemporary Issues in Accounting
MISY 606 – Systems Analysis, Design & Implementation
Finance: FINC 650, FINC 651, FINC 652, FINC 653, FINC 656, FINC 658
Business Administration: BUAD 611, BUAD 631; other BUAD classes need approval from advisor
Management information systems: MISY 630, MISY 640, MISY 650, MISY 653, MISY 673
Other electives with approval from advisor

Accounting course descriptions

Undergraduate Prerequisite Requirements
  • 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

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 online. 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.

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.


The Accounting Program’s mission is to promote scholarship in accounting, to offer distinctive and innovative educational opportunities that contribute to professional success, and to advance ethical leadership in a rapidly changing business environment.

To that end, the AMIS department is committed to fostering a community that:

  • Attracts, retains and cultivates excellent teachers and forward-thinking academic leaders.
  • Challenges students with educational experiences and leading-edge technology to develop their passion for life-long learning.
  • Empowers students to identify and understand ethical dilemmas and uphold their professional responsibilities.
  • Collaborates to solve problems effectively and creatively with respect and understanding, promoting a transparent platform for diverse opinions and cultural perspectives.
  • Promotes programs and opportunities designed for students to positively impact their organizations and communities, locally and globally.
  • Partners with business entities and professional firms to explore emerging topics to enrich student experiences and strengthen the relevance of faculty scholarship.


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Contact Us

Michael J. Jung, director of masters degree programs in accounting

Sarah Dix, administrative assistant III

Admissions Information

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