Your knowledge of financial accounting gives you a unique view into the business world. It can also build a flexible foundation for leadership. A Strayer accounting degree at the master’s level can help you position yourself to go beyond financial data and analysis to insight into expanding markets, resource and asset management and emerging economic opportunities.


This is more than just an advanced accounting degree. The Strayer accounting program prepares you to grow your role in your company or confidently embark on your own business venture.


Tailor your on campus or online master’s degree in accounting with one of five functional concentrations, including corporate accounting, public accounting and taxation


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A Strayer master’s degree in accounting helps you apply theoretical constructs to domestic and global business operations, relevant economic theory to business problems and accounting principles to the business decision-making process. You’ll develop not only your knowledge of financial information and systems but also your ability to communicate information effectively to multiple audiences. Use managerial accounting data and reports and make recommendations for ethical business decisions and business growth.

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Master of Science in Accounting

Public Accounting



Recommend solutions to ethical situations in the context of public accounting, informed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Code of Professional Conduct, tax practice, common law liability to clients and third parties.
Apply the rules of contract law, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and real property issues to business situations and solutions
Develop solutions to problems applicable to the federal taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries, estates and gifts
Apply the techniques of financial statement audits and Electronic Data Processing (EDP) audits to businesses, and prepare various types of audit reports, as well as other types of reports issued by accountants.
Analyze the domestic and international micro- and macro-economic principles that affect businesses
Apply various advanced financial management tools and planning and measurement methodologies to business situations and solutions
Analyze the financial statement transaction methodologies of for-profit companies, not-for-profits and governmental entities, as well as business combinations
Demonstrate improved oral and written communication skills in presenting and analyzing financial accounting and reporting information

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ACC 575-Business Law and Tax

Address advanced topics in the business law and tax environment. Discuss business ethics; business law; the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC); and federal income, estate and gift taxation. Analyze accounting Information and make recommendations orally and in writing. Topics include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Code of Professional Conduct; ethics and responsibilities in tax practice; legal responsibilities and liabilities; agency and contracts; debtor-creditor relationships; the federal government’s regulation of business; and the federal taxation of individuals, corporations, S corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries, estates and gifts.

ACC 576-Auditing and Business Concepts

Study advanced topics in auditing and the general business environment. Discuss attestation engagements and advanced accounting functions affecting businesses. Analyze advanced audit and accounting information and make recommendations both orally and in writing. Topics include auditing procedures, domestic generally accepted auditing standards, audit reports, other attestation reports, other professional services, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the nature of business structures, the analysis of economic concepts used in business, advanced aspects of the financial management of a business, information technology issues in business, and the accounting planning and management functions of a business.

ACC 577-Comprehensive Financial Accounting

Explore advanced topics in financial accounting, including complex accounting functions affecting businesses. Analyze financial accounting and financial reporting information and make recommendations both orally and in writing. Topics include concepts and standards; financial statements; income statement items; financial statement disclosure; cash and inventories; receivables; inventories; property, plant and equipment; intangibles and other assets; payables and taxes; employee benefits; long-term liabilities; leases and contingencies; equity; business combinations; foreign currency issues; governmental concepts; fund accounting and reporting; and not-for-profit concepts, accounting and reporting.


Tuition and Fees

Application Fee:$50 (not applicable in all states)

Technology Fee:$65.00 per quarter


$2,325.00 per course (Full-Time), $2,325.00 per course (Part Time). Textbooks and supplies are not included in the tuition rates and must be purchased by the student. You should allow approximately $1,800.00 for textbooks and supplies over the course of your degree.

Tuition rates apply to all new and readmit graduate students. For all students enrolled as an undergraudate prior to Winter 2014, please Click here for graduate tuition rates.


Graduate in 1.5 to 3 years

  Classes Per Quarter Time to Graduate
Full-time 2 or more per quarter (classes start 4 times per year) 1.5 years or fewer
Part-time 1 class per quarter (classes start 4 times per year) 3 years

Strayer University's academic calendar runs on te quarter systems, which means that classes start 4 times per year. Classes meet for 11 weeks with 1-2 week breaks between quarters. The above times to graduate assume that students are enrolled in consecutive quarters. All of these facts and figures refer to any concentration that you choose.


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ACC 557-Financial Accounting

Get a framework for financial accounting concepts and practices used internally and externally in businesses. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial reporting, financial statements analysis, ratio calculation and interpretation, and management decision making based on financial results.

ACC 560-Managerial Accounting

Discuss the creation, use and interpretation of internal accounting data and information. Emphasize the managerial functions of cost control and reporting, budgeting, profit planning and projections used in decision making.

ACC 562-Advanced Auditing

Analyze current auditing issues in depth, including professional standards and ethics, internal control gathering and documentation of evidences, and statistical sampling. Focus on detailed analysis of audit programs and EDP, as well as concepts concerning the financial condition and operation of commercial enterprises.

ACC 564-Accounting Information Systems

Get an introduction to systems analysis and how information systems concepts apply to the accounting process and accounting models, both manual and automated.

ACC 599-Graduate Accounting Capstone

Apply knowledge related to financial and managerial accounting, forensic accounting and auditing concepts. Use critical thinking and decision-making skills in real world business cases involving complex accounting decision through analysis, synthesis, prescription and application of accounting concepts. A grade of ‘B’ or higher is required.

ECO 550-Managerial Economics and Globalization

Apply relevant economic theory to develop a framework of analysis and techniques that you can use to decide how to allocate a firm’s scarce resources to achieve its objectives. Use economic analysis to support business strategy decisions that promote competitiveness in an environment of changing domestic and international market conditions, government regulations, trade policies and resource availability. Systematically analyze how global economic integration affects the production, input sourcing and pricing decisions of firms operating in different market structures.

FIN 534-Financial Management

Understand financial concepts and review the basic tools and strategies for making financial decisions. Measure and compare risks across investment opportunities. Analyze how organizations choose the set of securities they issue to raise capital from investors as well as how organizations form a capital structure. Examine how the choice of capital structure affects the value of the firm.

LEG 500-Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance

Examine and evaluate the legal environment and ethical challenges of management and organizations. Review approaches to enhance corporate accountability, foster an ethical work environment, ensure legal compliance and provide effective leadership. Analyze the impact of management decisions, corporate governance and the leaders individual conduct on a business ability to meet its obligations to stakeholders. Evaluate alternative courses of action from an economic, legal and ethical perspective to ensure management meets corporate responsibilities to create wealth, obey the law and observe societys ethical standards. Examine the key elements of effective corporate governance, the predominate schools of ethical thought in relation to strategic management and the ethical consideration for global operations.

LEG 565-Commercial Law

Analyze the legal environment in which business must operate. Examine key provisions of the major federal laws related to labor, consumer protection, property rights, securities, bankruptcy and environmental protection. Review the various forms of business and the topic of corporate governance. Examine contracts and the UCC, product liabilities, torts and issues associated with intellectual property. Discuss legal issues associated with international business.

MAT 540-Quantitative Methods

Apply quantitative methods to systems management (Decision Theory), and/or methods of decision making with respect to sampling, organizing and analyzing empirical data.

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