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Master of Science in Accounting

Program Highlights

The online Master of Science in Accounting (MAC) degree program provides students with the technical and operational skills necessary for careers in Accounting. New financial regulations, the globalization of businesses, and pressure for organizations to be more fiscally responsible and transparent drive the need for more skilled accountants and auditors. Various agencies and organizations in the US and internationally are in constant need of professional accountants to successfully maintain their business operations. Governmental agencies, private enterprises, multinational corporations, international organizations, non-profits, and start-ups are all looking for employees with professional skills in financial and managerial accountancy, especially those with an understanding of ethical and legal issues in the global financial environment. Courses in the online MAC program emphasize financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing. Students will also be exposed to international accountancy, accounting information systems, and ethical and legal issues in accounting.

Degree at Glance

The online Master of Science in Accounting program at VIU requires 36 academic credit hours and consists of two study areas that develop core competency in accounting as well as additional necessary knowledge and skills to become an accountant. If desired, graduates can take an additional course aimed at successful preparation for obtaining the professional certification as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA).

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 7 21
Elective courses 3 9
Thesis Courses 2 6
Total 12 36

 

MS IN ACCOUNTING: Core Courses (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
*This set of courses provides basic concept, analysis and fundamental knowledge in auditing, taxation, financial reporting, business ethics and information systems within accounting field. Every MAC student must complete the following seven (7) courses:
Code Course Title Credits
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting and Finance
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting, BUSS303 Principles of Finance
3
MBA 605 Auditing
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
MBA 608 Financial Reporting and Decision Making
Prerequisite: None
3
MBA 610 Taxation of Business Entities
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
MBA 611 Business Ethics and Law
Prerequisite: None
3
MBA 654 Accounting Information Systems
Prerequisite: None
3
ACCT 600 Cost Accounting
Prerequisite: MBA 511 Managerial Accounting and Finance Internship/CPT Qualified
3
Total Credit Hours Required 21
MS IN ACCOUNTING: Elective Courses (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
*To expand their knowledge and experience in accounting, students are required to take additional courses from a list of provided courses. Every MAC student must choose and complete three elective courses (9 credits) from the list below:
Code Course Title Credits
MBA 614 International Finance
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
MBA 620 Long-term Financial Decisions
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
MBA 621 Trading and Risk Management Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance 3
ACCT 601 Advanced Financial Accounting
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
ACCT 602 International Accounting
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
ACCT 603 Contemporary Topics in Accountancy
Prerequisite: MBA 511: Managerial Accounting and Finance
3
Total Credit Hours Required 9
MS IN ACCOUNTING: Accounting Thesis Courses (2 Courses – 6 Credit Hours)
* The Accounting Thesis allows students to demonstrate their ability to integrate accounting practices, various business models, and business operational procedures for the purpose of maintaining an organization's fiscal, legal, and ethical stability as well as actualize their understanding through imperial research.
Code Course Title Credits
ACCT 698 Master Thesis I
Prerequisite: Completion of at least five Core courses and Dean’s or academic advisor’s approval.
3
ACCT 699 Master Thesis II
Prerequisite: ACCT 698 Master Thesis I
3
Total Credit Hours Required 6
MS IN ACCOUNTING: OPTIONAL - CPA Professional Preparation Course (3 Credit Hours)
* To obtain in-depth professional preparation for passing the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) exam, students may consider taking an additional course. The requirement for taking this course is the completion of MS in Accounting Core Curriculum.
Code Course Title Credits
ACCT 650 CPA Exam preparation
Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses of MS in Accounting curriculum
3
Total Credit Hours Required 3