MS in Accounting
University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Master of Science (MS) degree in Accounting is designed to prepare you with a broad-based background in business and in-depth knowledge of accounting. We provide a basis for exercising judgment in accounting-related decisions within administrative, managerial, and professional positions to enhance rapid career development. The course of study satisfies the required preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. In addition, requirements for other professional certifications may be met within this plan.
A concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) is also available in our MS in Accounting degree.
With a degree in accounting, you can pursue a variety of opportunities including auditing, forensic accounting, financial accounting, financial analysis, internal auditing, managerial accounting and tax planning.
Foundation Requirements (33-36 Hours):
|ACCT 5031||Accounting Concepts for Managers|
|ACCT 5131||Accounting for Administration Control|
|ACCT 5133||Financial Accounting I|
|ACCT 5134||Financial Accounting II|
|ACCT 5137||Principle of Auditing|
|DSCI 5030||Business Calculus|
|DSCI 5031||Business Statistics for Decision-Making|
|ECON 5031||Economic Principles|
|FINC 5133||Corporate Finance|
|MGMT 5032||Human Behavior in Organizations|
|MKTG 5031||Marketing Management|
|ISAM 5030||Fundamentals of Business Programming Applications***|
***(required for MIS Concentration only)***
Degree Requirements (36 Hours):
|ACCT 4346||Business Ethics for Accountants|
|ACCT 5231||Individual Income Tax|
|ACCT 5234||Corporate and Pass-Through Entity Taxation|
|ACCT 5332||Accounting Information Systems|
|ACCT 5431||Advanced Accounting|
|ACCT 5432||Accounting for Government and Not-For-Profit Organizations|
|ACCT 6732||Seminar in Fraud Examination and Audit Risk|
|DSCI 5431||Management Science and Operations|
|ISAM 5330||Management Information Systems|
|LEGL 5131||Legal Concepts of the Business Professional|
|MGMT 6731||Strategic Management Seminar* (Capstone)|
|Business Elective||3 Hours**|
*Permission required from the Office of Academic Advising. Must be taken the semester you plan to graduate. Approval form available online or in room B2111.
**Required Graduate Business Elective (must select from this list) – 3 Hours:
- Any graduate ACCT course except ACCT 5131, 5133, 5134 and 5137.
- Any other rubric in the School of Business. Business foundation courses (any course numbered 50xx) may not be used as electives.
- If the MIS concentration is declared the Approved Business Elective is replaced with the course listing below.
Management Information Systems Concentration: 9 Hours
Students with 6 hours of college-level programming must take three of the four courses listed below.
***Students without 6 hours of college-level programming must take ISAM 5030 in addition to three of the four courses listed below.
|ACCT 5333||Fundamentals of Database Design and Development|
|ACCT 5334||Advanced Database Applications Development|
|ACCT 5335||Information Systems Audit and Security|
|ACCT 5336||Systems Analysis and Design|
Career Advancement and New Opportunities
An MS in Accounting will lead to career opportunities in areas such as auditing, forensic accounting, financial accounting, financial analysis, internal auditing, managerial accounting, and tax planning.
Internships. Campus Involvement. Networking.
UHCL internship and co-op programs are great opportunities to create connections and get real-world experience before you graduate. You can also get involved on campus. Beta Alpha Psi, the International Honorary Organization for Financial Information Professionals, and the UHCL Accounting Association/Institute of Management Accounting Student Chapter provide excellent networking opportunities for accounting students. Speak to an advisor about opportunities available in the accounting program today.
The mission of the accounting program is to provide junior, senior and master's level students in the Houston/Galveston metropolitan population with an education designed to instill accounting knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to be successful in their careers.
The undergraduate program primarily serves the region's community college systems by providing transfer students the opportunity to complete a four-year degree. Graduate programs serve both full-time students and working professionals in the region and provide the background to sit for the CPA examination. Instruction is designed for small classes and flexible hours. The faculty pursues a blend of research contributing to knowledge in professional practice, innovative pedagogy, and discipline-based scholarship. The faculty interacts with professional organizations and the business community.
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