Master of Science in Accounting (MSAC)

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Shunda Mack, Keller Alumnus

“In addition to its exemplary reputation in the business world, a key reason I selected Keller was because the program incorporated the CPA exam preparation courses.”

- Shunda Mack, Keller Alumnus

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    Accounting Master's Degree Program

    Despite slower job growth in other fields, the need for accounting professionals continues to increase.1 If you're looking to take advantage of this growth and streamline your career advancement, our accelerated Master's in Accounting program is designed for you. You could gain a foundation in current accounting issues while exploring coursework relevant to your professional development, such as CPA exam preparation, auditing or taxation.

    If you're a CPA candidate, our Master's in Accounting program curriculum, can put you at a unique advantage because it integrates Becker Professional Education's proven CPA Exam Review. Students who prepare with Becker pass the CPA Exam at double the rate of non-Becker candidates.2

    For over 50 years, Becker has been the leader in CPA review preparing over 400,000 candidates for the CPA Exam. And because Becker’s proven exam review is infused into Keller’s CPA preparation courses, you can prepare for the CPA Exam and earn your master's degree simultaneously, helping you save time and tuition. Additionally, you can earn academic credits that may help satisfy the sitting and/or licensing requirements in your state. Students must check with their state board of accountancy for eligibility requirements.

    1 Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. Employment sub-section: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

    2 Becker Professional Education students pass at double the rate of all CPA Exam candidates who did not take a Becker course, based on averages of AICPA-published pass rates. Data verified by an independent third-party research firm.

    Admission Requirement

    To be admitted to the Master of Science in Accounting degree program, applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:

    • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
    • A Bachelor's Degree with a specialization in Accounting or Finance
    • Successful completion of all parts of the CPA exam
    • A CPA license

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    Program Availability

    Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
    At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend our campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.

Exam prep courses (9 credit hours)

Students wishing to pursue CPA certification will take the following series of courses:

CPA Exam Preparation: Auditing and Attestation (ACCT591) - 2 credit hours
This course covers auditing procedures, auditing standards generally accepted in the United States (GAAS) and other standards related to attestation engagements. Also covered are skills needed to apply that knowledge in auditing and other attestation engagements. The auditing and attestation section of the CPA exam tests knowledge in the context of five broad engagement tasks. (The course is two semester-credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
CPA Exam Preparation: Business Environment and Concepts (ACCT592) - 2 credit hours
This course prepares students to pass the business environment and concepts section of the CPA exam. Coursework focuses on business structure; economic concepts essential to understanding an entity's operation, business and industry; financial management; information technology; and planning and measurement. Students become familiar with underlying business reasons for - and accounting implications of - transactions, and gain skills needed to apply that knowledge in financial statement audit and attestation engagements as well as perform other functions affecting the public interest. (The course is two semester-credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
CPA Exam Preparation: Financial Accounting and Reporting (ACCT593) - 3 credit hours
This course prepares students to pass the financial accounting and reporting section of the CPA exam. Coursework covers accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) that affect business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and government entities. Also addressed are skills needed to apply such knowledge, as well as financial accounting concepts and standards. (The course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
CPA Exam Preparation: Regulation (ACCT594) - 2 credit hours
This course prepares students to pass the regulation section of the CPA exam. Topics include federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, as well as skills needed to apply that knowledge. Topics address CPAs' professional and legal responsibilities, and legal implications of business transactions, particularly as they relate to accounting and auditing. Coursework focuses on federal and widely adopted uniform state laws, as well as principles of - and procedures for - federal income, estate and gift taxation. (The course is two credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent

Career-focused courses (6 credit hours)
Students may choose six credit hours from among the Accounting (ACCT) or Finance (FIN) courses. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy this requirement.

Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.

GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS

Can I obtain a CPA license from Keller?

Though we cannot grant a CPA license, we do offer CPA exam preparation courses that integrate Becker Professional Education's CPA Exam Review Methodology. You can incorporate CPA exam prep courses as part of your coursework for programs such as Master of Accounting & Financial Management, MBA with an Accounting Concentration or Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation.

What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?

These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.

Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?

Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.

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