MSA 506 Corporate Accounting Theory and Practice II

Study the conceptual framework of corporate accounting and generally accepted accounting practices, particularly in the problem areas of financial reporting, such as accounting for pensions, accounting for income taxes, segment reporting, and earnings per share.

This course is a continuation of MSA 504 and intended for students pursuing a career in accounting or finance, especially those seeking professional certification. Prerequisite: MSA 500 and MSA 601.

MSA 513 Auditing Theory and Practice

Perform an intensive study of generally accepted auditing standards and procedures, as prescribed by the Public Company Accounting Standards Oversight Board. Your coursework emphasizes planning an audit engagement, evaluation of internal controls, documentation required under the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, audit sampling techniques and auditing in a computerized environment. This is a necessary course if you're planning to sit for the CPA exam.

MSA 605 Tax Influences on Decision-Making

Examine the impact of income taxation on business decisions, including the choice of business entities, tax ramifications and consequences of transactions, revenue recognition, accounting methods, depreciation, investments, and employee compensation and benefits. The course will utilize tax returns, written assignments, and current topics to highlight the nuances of the U.S. tax system.

MSA 606 Forensic Accounting

Gain a comprehensive understanding of forensic accounting topics. This course gives you a background in the field of forensic accounting, including fundamentals, tools and accounting applications. The concepts will be reinforced through the application of cases and current events that highlight the key aspects of applying forensic tools.

MSA 618 The Globalization of Accounting

The course will examine the trends in GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) as its influence becomes less in the world, because of emerging international standards for financial accounting and reporting. The potential opportunities for accountants in this new environment will be dissected, along with the positive impact managerial accounting can have on career goals.

Master of Science in Accountancy Program: Career Outlook

By the Numbers

Accounting-related occupations are projected to grow faster than the national average through 2026, with median annual salaries ranging from $69,000 to more than $125,000. Beyond the 3,191,500 positions already in place, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an estimated 404,800 jobs to open through 2026.1–6 That growth includes Chicagoland, the home of Benedictine University, which has the sixth-highest number of job postings in the country.7

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