Master's in Accounting: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


Our 30-credit-hour M.S. in Accounting degree curriculum has been carefully designed to prepare graduates to excel in public, private, or governmental organizations. Through our faculty of experienced accounting experts, you'll learn to apply accounting principles to drive financial success and maintain ethical accounting practices.

As you learn, you'll be preparing to sit for the CPA exam and completing the 30 hours of coursework required for CPA licensure in most states.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and 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.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Major Related Requirements Total Hours:

ACC 503 Advanced Corporate TaxCredit Hours: 3

You will study federal tax regulations and their application to the taxation of the partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts.

ACC 563 Forensic Accounting Credit Hours: 3

In this survey course, you'll review the history, accrediting bodies, and certifications of forensic accounting. Specific types of financial crimes will be examined and specialty areas of forensic accounting will be introduced.

ACC 601 Seminar in Advanced Managerial AccountingCredit Hours: 3

Examine managerial accounting, decision and control models, and planning and control during uncertain conditions. You'll also explore contemporary issues in cost management.

ACC 602 Seminar in Professional Accounting PracticeCredit Hours: 3

You'll study Accounting theory and its implications for professional ethics, measurement, financial statements, and current topics including but not limited to consolidations, off-balance sheet debt, and reporting fraud.

ACC 607 Financial Statement AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

Learn to estimate firm equity value using financial statement information. You'll use financial statement numbers to estimate future revenue, earnings, cash flow, and other value metrics. Statement information will also be used to recognize sustainable and transient earnings and cash flow components. You'll examine prominent financial statement analysis strategies.

ACC 613 Advanced AuditingCredit Hours: 3

You will review advanced auditing topics with emphasis placed on the practical aspects of auditing financial statement transaction cycles and account balances. You'll complete a practice case, 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 ManagementCredit Hours: 3

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 FinanceCredit Hours: 3

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.

Electives Total Hours:

ACC 604 Seminar in Assurance and Forensic AuditingCredit Hours: 3

Learn about the control and auditing of mainframe and networked information systems. You'll also explore the assessment of audit risk, assurance methods, and the causes, consequences, and prevention of audit failure.

ACC 605 Financial Reporting and AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

Learn to analyze and interpret financial statement information. You'll explore how to analyze a firm's financial performance and accounting methods, forecast the firm's future pro forma financial statements, and estimate the intrinsic value of the firm.

RMI 610 Insurance and Risk Management for Today's Professional*Credit Hours: 3

Learn how to identify, measure, control and mitigate the different types of non-speculative risks faced by businesses and individuals.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 610 is CPCU 500 Managing Evolving Risks.

Prerequisites: BUS 652

RMI 620 Property and Casualty Risk Management for Business*Credit Hours: 3

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.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 620 is CPCU 557 Survey of Commercial Insurance.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

RMI 630 Insuring and Managing Risk for the Person*Credit Hours: 3

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.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 630 is CPCU 555 Personal Risk Management and Property – Casualty Insurance.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

RMI 640 Managing Risk Across the EnterpriseCredit Hours: 3

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.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

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