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  • 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

AT-A-GLANCE

Winter Classes Start:

January 6

Courses to Complete:

12

Cost Per Course:

$1,680

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ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING COURSES

COURSES IN CONCENTRATION

  • 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.

COURSES IN MAJOR

  • 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

    Prerequisite: ACC 557

    Covers the creation, use, and interpretation of internal accounting data and information. Emphasizes 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 society's 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.

CAREER TRAINING BY THE BOOKS

Public accounting experts are needed in a wide variety of business and government settings. A public accounting degree from Strayer provides you with the essential knowledge and skills required to help the people you work with make ethical and intelligent decisions.

Learn how to analyze financial records and statements, review fiscal regulations, and assist with tax review and preparation. Our public accounting degree program introduces you to 

advanced business law, tax, and accounting  concepts, preparing you to understand, the fiscal, legal, and managerial implications of you and your employer’s decisions.

Advance your career with a public accounting concentration as you pursue your public accounting degree from Strayer University.

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