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Our Master of Science in Accountancy degree program helps students master the theory and principles that frame a wide range of problems and issues encountered in the accounting profession. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the program also aligns with American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) standards. Built into key courses, Wiley CPAexcel® software helps students prepare for the CPA Exam.
The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) provides the breadth of knowledge for the professional accountant. Students master the theory and principles that frame a wide range of problems and issues encountered in the accounting profession. This program is designed for accountants and non-accountants who are preparing for a professional certification in accounting such as the uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and other specializations/certificates that can be obtained en-route. This degree will allow students to seek positions in such career areas as accounting, auditing, and budgeting. The MSA core curriculum covers the following areas of accounting: accounting theory and research, accounting information systems, managerial accounting and legal aspects of business, internal control systems, financial reporting, and accounting ethics. The core courses were designed based upon the standards proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). This program addresses the goals of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for the professional values, communications and leadership skills, strategic and critical thinking skills, and technology skills (The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2015). This degree will give the student the option of taking en-route certificates.
The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) educationally prepares the professional accountant. Students in the MSA with the Graduate CPA Bridge Certificate will develop an understanding of accounting including Accounting Research, Accounting Information Systems, Financial Reporting and Internal Control Systems, and the topics required in preparation for the CPA exam: Audit & Attestation, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Regulation, Ethics and Business Environment & Concepts. The MSA with the Graduate CPA Bridge Certificate is designed for students who want to enhance their accounting management skills, enter the accounting profession, or complete additional coursework required for licensure while also preparing for the CPA exam. While completing this program, students who may be planning to take the CPA exam will utilize CPA Exam Preparation software in conjunction with their course work.
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Note: Each state sets forth standards required to be eligible to take the CPA exam and apply for licensure or certification as a CPA. While this program was designed with consideration for the standards proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA), the University of Phoenix cannot, and will not, provide any assurance that completion of this program will allow a successful student to qualify within the student's specific jurisdiction. Potential applicants should check with the appropriate organization within their jurisdiction to determine if this program, combined with their undergraduate degree and any other specific criteria, meets the requirements to qualify for examination in that specific jurisdiction. States frequently change their requirements for examination. There is no assurance that at the time of degree completion the specific jurisdiction's requirements will be consistent with the requirements at the time of admission.
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Our Master of Accountancy program provides a solid education in advanced accounting theory and how it relates to business. Most of our students are working learners who discuss how to apply these fundamentals to real-world problems. This combination of theory and practical application provides insight into the complex world of accounting.
The curriculum development team at University of Phoenix works with faculty members and business leaders to develop a master’s degree program that provides skills relevant to accounting across many industries. Explore the degree program that can help you be in demand.
Prepare for CPA licensure while earning credits you can apply to exam requirements and a master's degree. Wiley CPAexcel® is embedded into key graduate courses that count toward our Graduate CPA Bridge Certificate and Master of Science in Accountancy.
Learn from instructors who average 22 years of industry experience. Our accounting faculty work in companies of all sizes across the U.S., and include CPAs, chief financial officers, chief accounting officers, treasurers, auditors and financial analysts.
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