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Accounting MS Overview

Master of Science in Accounting Program

Dr. Cheryl Noll, Dean, College of Business, Accounting
Corporate and public accounting requires a specialized set of skills. And South University’s Master of Science in Accounting helps students to develop those skills to with a proficiency in analytic thinking and math skills. Our program offers accounting, auditing, and taxation principles for a number of business settings. The accounting and business coursework contained in the MS in Accounting program, when combined with the completed bachelor’s degree, may allow you to qualify to take the Certified Public Accounting Examination. Students should familiarize themselves with the specific candidacy requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in the particular state in which they wish to take the CPA examination.

Course Requirements

Master of Science in Accounting: 48 credits
ACC5001 Ethics and Accounting, 4 Credit Hours
ACC5328 Intermediate Financial Accounting III, 4 Credit Hours
ACC5335 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, 4 Credit Hours
ACC5348 Advanced Financial Accounting, 4 Credit Hours
ACC5360 External Auditing and Assurance, 4 Credit Hours
ACC5372 Federal Taxation II, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6311 Advanced Accounting Information Systems, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6330 Advanced Financial Reporting, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6345 Intermediate Cost Management, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6362 Forensic and Fraud Auditing, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6374 Advanced Taxation, 4 Credit Hours
ACC6999 Capstone Review, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSA program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and application of accounting, auditing, and taxation principles in a variety of business settings
  • Apply critical analysis skills to apply contemporary accounting principles and practices to the decisions faced by evolving business organizations
  • Integrate knowledge, principles, and professional viewpoints throughout the accounting and business subject domains to articulate innovative solutions to organizational challenges
  • Critique and apply the concepts, principles, and methods gleaned from professional and academic accounting research to challenges in the accounting profession
  • Demonstrate ethical perspectives, values, and professional responsibilities required in the accounting profession

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

Preparing For CPA Exam

When combined with a completed bachelor’s degree, the accounting and business coursework in the MS in Accounting online program may qualify you to take the Certified Public Accounting Examination. All students should familiarize themselves with the specific candidacy requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in the particular state in which they wish to take the CPA examination.

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Success Stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our business and technology alumni and the difference they make. 

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Erika Wiggins Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“I'm recognizing more about what I'm really capable of at South University. When you have education, you have a foundation, and you have something that will propel you to growth and strength in the world.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”

La'Sondrick Bridges 2011
La'Sondrick Bridges Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Master of Business Administration

“After talking it through, I realized I could go to school and work full time as well They really care about you and want you to succeed.”

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Leah N. Williams Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Master of Business Administration

“A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take my career to the next level and realized that an MBA would allow me to achieve that goal. When I first showed interest in South University, I met my admissions officer, Shakeara Hudson. She made the application process as easy as possible, and then she checked on me continuously while I was a student just to make sure I was on track to complete my MBA. She even attended my graduation ceremony and spoke with me afterwards.”

Tom Andrew 2012
Tom Andrew Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

“What has helped me the most at South University has been the flexibility. I've taken classes online and on campus. I will complete my last class in the spring and graduate in June 2012.”

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