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Online Master of Science in Accounting Courses

Built on a solid foundation of advanced accounting best practices and led by industry experts, the Master of Science in Accounting curriculum is designed to prepare you to stand out in this rewarding field. You'll graduate from this 30-credit, 10-course program with the ability to manage the accounting of any organization and ensure financial stability, protect valuable company assets, and ensure compliance with the latest regulatory guidelines in order to enable success.

Below are curriculum course abstracts meant to provide a high-level course overview and are subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Course Abstracts

Core Courses

ACC 503 Advanced Corporate Tax (3 credit hours)
Examine tax reporting for C and S corporations and partnerships. By exploring tax implications of business formation, restructuring, reorganization, and liquidation, you'll learn to recognize tax issues and how to report taxes. Most importantly, you'll gain an understanding of how to properly advise clients about tax issues. By the end of the course, you'll come to understand and appreciate the role of the CPA in the income tax field.

ACC 563 Forensic Accounting (3 credit hours)
Review the history, accrediting bodies, and certifications in forensic accounting to gain a high-level understanding of financial statement fraud, employee fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and the litigation issues related to these crimes. You'll also gain an understanding of specialty areas of forensic accounting such as cybercrime, economic damages, and business valuation.

ACC 601 Seminar in Advanced Management Accounting (3 credit hours)
Learn to apply accounting information to facilitate strategic decision-making. You'll explore how opportunity costs, cost estimation, decision-making and control, absorption costing, variable costing, activity-based costing, standard costing, budgeting, variance analysis, and performance measurement can impact financial business decisions.

ACC 602 Seminar in Professional Accounting Practice (3 credit hours)
Learn how to examine accounting issues from a theoretical and practical point of view, how to research those issues using the FASB Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC"), and how to express your conclusions in a clear, logical, and professional manner.

ACC 607 Financial Statement Analysis (3 credit hours)
Learn to use financial statement information to help managers make better decisions. You'll interpret financial statement numbers in order to estimate future revenue, earnings, cash flow, and other value metrics. You'll also use financial statement information to recognize sustainable and transient earnings and cash flow components.

Examine academic literature to dissect a number of prominent financial statement analysis strategies. These tools will help investors, creditors, regulators, managers analyzing competitors, and other firm constituents more fully understand accounting information and use it to make better decisions.

ACC 613 Advanced Auditing (3 credit hours)
Review advanced auditing topics with an emphasis on the practical aspects of auditing financial statement transaction cycles and account balances. You'll complete a practice case(s), including the drafting of the audit report, to gain an understanding of current events in the accounting profession, and further develop both technical and "soft" skills in preparation for professional careers.

ECN 607 Quantitative Analysis for Management (3 credit hours)
Learn about scientific approaches to decision-making, including descriptive and inferential statistics. You'll study probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis and hypothesis testing, as well as analysis of variance and process control.

FIN 613 Advanced Corporate Finance (3 credit hours)
Examine strategic financial decisions made by corporations and individuals. You'll analyze financial models for valuing stocks, bonds, and derivative instruments such as options, forwards, futures, and swaps to provide an infrastructure for making strategic financial decisions. You'll also examine capital budgeting, project evaluation, working capital management, credit policy, debt policy, dividend policy, leasing policy, growth policy, and compensation policy.

Elective Courses

ACC 604 Seminar in Assurance and Forensic Auditing (3 credit hours)
Gain an understanding of control and auditing of mainframe and networked information systems. You'll explore the assessment of audit risk, assurance methods, and the causes, consequences, and prevention of audit failure.

ACC 605 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credit hours)
Learn to analyze and interpret the information in financial statements. You'll gain hands-on experience in analyzing a firm's financial performance and accounting methods, forecasting the firm's future pro-forma financial statements, and estimating the intrinsic value of the firm.

RMI 610 Insurance and Risk Management for Today's Professional (3 credit hours)
Learn how to identify, measure, control and mitigate the different types of non-speculative risks faced by businesses and individuals.

RMI 620 Property and Casualty Risk Management for Business and Individuals (3 credit hours)
Gain an understanding of Property/Casualty (P/C) insurance and risk management issues for both commercial concerns and the individual or family. You'll analyze, compare, and contrast these P/C issues for each type of stakeholder.

RMI 630 Insuring and Managing Risk for the Person (3 credit hours)
Explore the many risk management and insurance issues individuals must deal with in today's world. You'll examine life and health insurance, disability income insurance, retirement, and investment and financial planning.

RMI 640 Managing Risk Across the Enterprise (3 credit hours)
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the process firms use to identify, measure, manage, and disclose key risks. You'll explore the theory and process of identifying risks and their impact on the value of the firm.


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