Accounting

NEW for FALL 2014

The Master of Science in Accounting is designed for accounting professionals interested in pursuing licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). This program will prepare you for high demand careers with course content specifically geared to help you prepare for the rigorous certification exams.

  • Accounting Core Component – 24 credits
  • 3
    A complete corporate financial management course. Content covers the classic areas of valuation, capital structure and budgeting as well as more specialized financial topics. Online version incorporates online course materials and exercises. Prerequisite: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
  • 3
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    Tax laws and their effect on management planning and decision-making, as well as on personal financial transactions are of interest to managers and accountants. Representative topics include: tax aspects of selecting a business form; tax factors in acquiring, using and disposing of land, buildings, equipment; capital gains and losses; nontaxable transactions; individual income tax; family tax planning; common tax traps. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
  • 3
    Theory and procedures underlying auditors' responsibilities in examining and reporting on financial statements of a business enterprise are discussed including professional ethics, auditing standards, reports, internal control and the selection, scope and application of auditing procedures. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
    • Elective Component (choose two courses)
    • 3
      This course provides an understanding of budgeting and fund accounting concepts appropriate for governmental entities, not-for-profits, school systems, and colleges and universities. The course objective is to enable students to understand different ways of constructing accounting information to be used by the various entities for reporting, planning and control. The use of accounting in decision-making will be the focus of attention. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
    • 3
    • 3
    • 3
    • Total for MS in Accounting – 30 credits

With rolling admission, you may start your program during any term. In fact, you may take up to 12 credits before being admitted to Plymouth State. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

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