The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to follow a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. Students who matriculate into this program must have successfully completed an approved baccalaureate degree in business with a major in accounting or finance.
The objective of the Master of Science in Accounting program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to be innovative and adaptable critical thinkers and problem solvers. The program is designed to prepare graduates to use available services and technologies to support operations, management, and decision-making initiatives within the field of accounting. The curriculum encourages students to be lifelong learners and addresses the evolving professional skills of master’s degree students.
Graduates may perform either technical or management duties within the accounting field. Typical duties may include overall department management; the generation and analysis of accounting data; the creation of quality improvement processes, compliance strategies, and reimbursement procedures; conducting research; and addressing risk management and legal issues. Employment opportunities may exist within industry and public accounting. In addition, many entrepreneurial opportunities may exist for small business accounting and consulting services.
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in the field, or for jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented in the program title. Although Kaplan University will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student. The University does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all.
The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to help graduates prepare for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, the Certified Internal Auditor examination, and the Certified Management Accountant examination. While the courses in the program may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for these exams, Kaplan University cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take these exams or become certified. A student’s eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
While the program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.
The Master of Science in Accounting program consists of a minimum of 52 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a master of science degree.