Earn your Master of Accountancy online from Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. In this program, you will evaluate how to research complex accounting issues using professional resources.
Brenda Forde is the Program Chair for the Master of Accountancy in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, where she teaches courses in accounting and auditing. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Read her full bio.
Online Master of Accountancy Degree Focus
The Master of Accountancy program focuses on preparing students for professional careers in accounting. The graduate program develops technical knowledge and application skills as well as enhances students’ analytical, communication, and decision-making skills. The Master of Accountancy helps prepare students for careers in public, corporate, and non-business accounting positions. This graduate degree offers innovative, high-quality learning opportunities for the corporate, governmental, and not-for profit segments of the marketplace. Students may choose a specialization to focus study areas.
Master of Accountancy Specializations
Personalize your graduate degree with a specialization. When you choose a specialization, you focus your studies on a unique aspect of accounting. A specialization is three courses or nine credits. Visit the Courses tab to see each specialization’s course descriptions. Choose from the following specializations:
Ashford University is not currently accepting enrollments into these specializations:
- Accounting Information Systems
Special Terms and Conditions
Successful completion of this program by itself does not qualify a student to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. All prospective students should contact individual state boards of accounting for additional information relating to licensure requirements (e.g., education and work experience and any potential restrictions, such as prior criminal convictions) prior to enrolling. A list of state accounting boards is available here: http://www.nasba.org/stateboards. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession should carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements vary by state. Prospective students also should regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification and graduates may have to complete additional coursework to be eligible to sit for certain professional certification exams.
Additionally, students may wish to seek a Certified Management Accountant designation. Information on the CMA exam can be found at their website (www.imanet.org). Students are advised that a degree program is different from an exam preparation course and they may need more education in addition to work experience in order to successfully pass the examination. This degree program is not accredited by IACBE.
Missouri Residents: Prospective students who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the State of Missouri must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of a baccalaureate degree
- Minimum of 150 semester hours are required to sit for the exam
- Minimum of 33 semester hours in accounting (at least one (1) course in Auditing and at least 18 semester hours of the accounting courses must be upper division accounting). Please note: Accounting Law and Business Law courses are not acceptable toward the accounting requirement regardless of the department in which they were offered.
- Minimum of 27 semester hours in general business (e.g., marketing, management, economics, finance, etc.).
Texas Residents: Prospective students who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the State of Texas should be aware that the state requires 15 credits of traditional face-to-face classroom education in order to qualify to sit for the CPA examination. Any online coursework completed at Ashford University will not meet the traditional face-to-face classroom education requirement.
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If this accounting program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.