Our MS in Accounting program provides a unique advanced business education. This 36-hour program is non-thesis and offers you the opportunity to master the specialization of your choice. Through a combination of core courses, electives, and leadership development opportunities, your MS program develops and deepens the competencies needed for your career.
We stress both technical accounting knowledge and the development of leadership, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. The program also enables you to gain knowledge of financial statement analysis, the marketing of professional services, public policy, financial markets, information systems, and the impact of technology on accounting and business.
The program is primarily designed for those with undergraduate preparation in accounting. Exceptional candidates from other disciplines, however, may be considered. Upon completion of the program, you should have completed Texas' 150-hour educational requirement for the CPA examination.
This program offers vast flexibility in selecting coursework. You may choose one of our specialization tracks or design your own program.
Assurance Services/Information Management Track
The Assurance Services/Information Management track examines business and accounting concepts from the perspective of an assurance services professional.
- This track encourages students to develop technical, yet common sense answers to a variety of accounting situations.
- This track develops skills needed to audit or consult with multinational corporations and financial institutions.
- The courses place heavy emphasis on both oral and written skills. Students receive a firm grounding in contemporary issues in auditing, accounting, and finance.
- The curriculum has been designed to develop a broad business background with an emphasis on accounting and financial management.
Students develop skills that require "thinking out of the box," teamwork and problem identification and analysis which prepare graduates to react to rapid changes.
This track leads to the MS-Accounting degree. Although most graduates of this track begin their careers in the assurance services or consulting division of a national public accounting firm, many AS/IM graduates take positions in the accounting or finance areas of major corporations.
Tax Consulting/Financial Planning Track
The Tax Consulting/Financial Planning track provides students a broad foundation for understanding the taxation of entities and the relationship of taxes to the overall business decision process.
- Specifically, the track focuses on identifying tax problems, conducting research using the latest databases, and interpreting the tax code as well as relevant literature.
- Students not only collect information, but they also analyze the data and present the results in both written and oral presentations.
- This track focuses primarily on the fundamental and contemporary aspects of developing tax strategies in the complex world of contemporary business.
- Courses in the taxation of entities-including corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts-provide students with a broad background for identifying solutions to complex tax situations and developing sound business strategies.
This track leads to the MS-Accounting degree with a concentration in Taxation. Many graduates start their careers with the Big 4 and other national and regional public accounting firms. Both accounting firms and corporations prefer that their professional staff have master's degrees when entering their tax departments
The MS-Accounting program is designed primarily for students who have undergraduate preparation in accounting. However, exceptional candidates from other disciplines may be considered for admission
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