Offered By: Colangelo College of Business
Earn a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and Prepare for your CPA
Prepare for an advanced career in corporate or public accounting with Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Science in Accounting. Offered by the Colangelo College of Business, this comprehensive graduate MSA degree program allows you to develop your skills in financial reporting, taxation, and auditing while preparing for your Uniform CPA Examination. Designed for students with a bachelor’s in accounting, this accelerated path to learning offers a robust foundation that encourages legal and ethical practice for accountants and managers bound to policies of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act.
The Master of Science in Accounting looks at a broad range of accounting topics and principles, including the key fundamentals of public accounting practice, economics, and marketing. Explore accounting research methodologies in addition to advanced managerial and cost accounting concepts. This master's in accounting program culminates with an advanced review of concepts typically included on the Uniform CPA Exam.
Study Advanced Accounting Practices
The masters in accounting increases your understanding in areas of financial accounting and reporting affecting corporations, partnerships, nonprofits, government and international operations. Use active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information.
The successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam is a required step for achieving a CPA license from your state of residence or practice. In GCU's unique MSA degree program, several course hours are devoted to your preparation for the Uniform CPA Exam. You are strongly encouraged to sit for the test soon after graduation to maximize your potential for success.
What You Will Learn
Take Your Accounting Career to the Next Level
The Master of Science in Accounting explores a wide range of topics and learning objectives, including:
- Accounting research methodology for exploring the FASB codification, Internal Revenue Service regulations and international financial reporting standards.
- Managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, cost behavior analysis, systems development, budgeting and performance evaluation.
- Financial business decisions, including forecasting, development of pro-formas and management of working capital and fundraising.
- Taxation concepts including corporate, individual, estate and trust taxes.
- Auditing procedures and forensic accounting concepts.
- Leadership models and theories evaluated through a variety of insights and viewpoints.
- Foster and promote ethical and socially responsible business practices.
Advance Your Career in Accounting
GCU's masters in accounting prepares you to compete for advanced management positions in corporate or public accounting. Common careers include chief financial officer, VP of accounting, staff accountant, senior accountant, accounting manager, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and business executive.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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