Self Designed

Design a specialization based on your goals and interests. The Self-Designed specialization allows you to investigate industries and technical accounting areas that might not otherwise be readily accessible. Tax analysis, systems thinking, not-for-profit accounting, and government accounting are among the many subjects from which to choose.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
      • Accounting courses (9–15 sem. cr.)
      • Management and leadership courses (0–6 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

MS in Accounting students must complete five required core courses and five additional courses to complete the Self-Designed specialization.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ACCT 6000 Course Decision Making Tools for Today’s Financial Professional Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6010 Course Analysis and Communication for the Financial Professional Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6020 Course Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting and Finance Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6130 Course Managerial Accounting for Organizational Performance Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6140 Course Current Trends in Accounting Standards Credits 3

Students must choose a total of five courses from the following specializations:

Accounting (select 3–5 courses)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ACCT 6600 Course Managing Operational and Financial Business Risks Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6610 Course Managing Regulatory Compliance Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6620 Course Accounting Theory and Application Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6630 Course Tax Analysis and Decision Making Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6640 Course Solving CPA Problems Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6650 Course Forensic and Advanced Auditing Topics Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6660 Course International Perspectives in Accounting Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6670 Course Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6781 Course Information Security Governance Credits 3

Management/Leadership (select 0–2 courses)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code ACCT 6675 Course Critical Thinking for Effective Management Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6680 Course Leadership in a Global Landscape Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6685 Course Creating Sustainable Solutions Through Systems Thinking Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6691 Course Practices in Project Management Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6695 Course Leading Strategic Initiatives for Growth and New Value Credits 3
Course Code ACCT 6665 Course Initiating and Managing Change Credits 3
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