Master of Accountancy Online

The Master of Accountancy online program at ESU will prepare you for public accounting, leadership roles in internal auditing, forensic accounting, tax accounting, controllership, and more. This affordable and flexible program is designed to meet the 150-hour requirement for the CPA exam and can be completed 100% online. Learn advanced accounting skills that will equip you to move ahead in your professional accounting career.

Apply By: 3/6/23
Start Class: 3/20/23 Apply Now

Program Overview

Our 100% online Master of Accountancy program at a glance

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) online at Emporia State University is ideal preparation for a professional career in public accounting practice in corporate or government entities, giving you the expertise to understand and apply advanced accounting principles that support effective business decision-making.

In this affordable and flexible online accounting program, now delivered in accelerated 7-week courses, you will build on your bachelor's degree in accounting with an extensive study of advanced accounting issues across auditing, management, and taxation. This online business program is designed to meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. No work experience is required to enter the program.

In the 15 hours of required accounting courses, you will study the tax implications of forming, operating and dissolving C and S corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, LLCs, and fiduciaries. You will learn the processes in performing external audits, from the documentation, testing and evaluation of internal controls to the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests.

Other core coursework includes accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting regulation, advanced management accounting issues—including cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, cost management, capital investment, and inventory management—and the linkages between information systems and accounting practice.

In the 15 hours of required electives, you will have the opportunity to supplement your accounting knowledge with an additional 6 hours of accounting courses, such as Income Taxation of Corporations and Other Entities, Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting, and Fraud Examination. Non-accounting electives include relevant coursework like Business Analytics, Information Technology Project Management, and Law of Commerce, among others.

Taught by highly qualified faculty with real-world accounting and management experience, the ESU MAcc online program gives you a quality, practical education from our AACSB-accredited School of Business. You will gain highly technical accounting skills applicable to a broad range of business environments that prepare you to be a CPA or take on leading roles in internal auditing, forensic accounting, controllership, tax accounting, and more.

In the online Master of Accountancy, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting
  • Learn about advanced management accounting issues, including cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, cost management, capital investment, and inventory management
  • Study external auditing processes, including the documentation, testing and evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests
  • Complete an advanced study of taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited liability entities, and fiduciaries
  • Examine accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting
  • Supplement required courses with additional 6-9 hours of accounting electives that include Income Taxation of Corporations, Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting, and Fraud Examination, as well as other pertinent business electives
  • Complete coursework designed to help fulfill the 150-hour requirement for the Uniform CPA Examination
  • Gain an understanding of accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting
  • Learn about advanced management accounting issues, including cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, cost management, capital investment, and inventory management
  • Study external auditing processes, including the documentation, testing and evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests
  • Complete an advanced study of taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited liability entities, and fiduciaries
  • Examine accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting
  • Supplement required courses with additional 6-9 hours of accounting electives that include Income Taxation of Corporations, Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting, and Fraud Examination, as well as other pertinent business electives
  • Complete coursework designed to help fulfill the 150-hour requirement for the Uniform CPA Examination

This online program prepares you for roles such as:

  • CPA
  • Internal Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Controller
  • Tax Accountant
  • CPA
  • Internal Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Controller
  • Tax Accountant

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Emporia State offers a variety of online master's degrees. Check out all of our online business degree programs.

$10,890* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
30 Credit Hours

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Tuition

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ESU strives to offer the best educational value to our students. Tuition for the Master of Accountancy online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

$10,890* Total Tuition
$363 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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The Master of Accountancy program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 2023, Session I1/17/231/3/231/6/231/13/233/6/23
Spring 2023, Session II3/20/233/6/233/9/233/16/235/5/23
Summer 2023, Session I5/15/235/1/235/4/235/11/236/30/23
Summer 2023, Session II7/3/236/19/236/22/236/29/238/18/23
Fall 2023, Session I8/21/238/7/238/10/238/17/2310/9/23
Fall 2023, Session II10/18/2310/4/2310/9/2310/16/2312/8/23

Now enrolling:

3/6/23 Apply Date
3/20/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

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To apply for the Master of Accountancy online, you must hold a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution, or a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution with a transcript demonstrating completion of required accounting courses.

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA on undergraduate coursework

Master of Accountancy Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution, or a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution with a transcript showing completion of the following courses covering the United States accounting and tax standards:
    • Intermediate Accounting I and II
    • Cost Accounting
    • Income Taxation
    • Auditing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 system) from a regionally accredited (or equivalent) institution.
    • In a completed bachelors program measured on a cumulative basis or in the most recent 60 credit hours. Coursework completed toward a master’s program may be included in the most recent 60 hours
    • Or a completed master’s program
  • Professional resume and cover letter
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign university/college must have a transcript evaluation from a recommended external source that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students will not be allowed to enroll until the evaluation has been received in the Graduate School.

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Courses

Find out what you will study in our online Master of Accountancy program

The Master of Accountancy online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 15 credit hours of required accounting courses and 15 credit hours of electives.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course features advanced study of taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited-liability entities, and fiduciaries including the tax implications of forming, operating and dissolving such entities. Advanced topics such as financial tax accounting concepts, employee compensation, related party transactions and tax planning are also included.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a study of how an external audit is performed by a team of auditors. This includes the documentation, testing and evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests. In addition to external auditing, other topics include governmental, internal and operational auditing as well as issues of current interest in the auditing literature.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course deals with advanced management accounting issues. Topics covered include: cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, strategic cost management, activity-based management, the Balanced Scorecard, quality cost management, environmental cost management, capital investment, inventory management and ethical control.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the conceptual basis of generally accepted accounting principles within the context of policy settings and the economics of financial-reporting regulation. The course will discuss the theoretical rationale for the treatment of elements of the financial statements.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course seeks to examine the linkages between information systems and accounting and to prepare students to be trusted business advisors. The course provides an overview of how to understand, analyze and control computerized information systems.
You must take five of the following courses, including at least two with the AC prefix. Accounting course options will vary by term and are subject to change.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the federal tax law as it applies to the taxation of corporations, subchapter S corporations, limited-liability companies, and partnerships. Tax issues associated with formation, operation, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, reorganizations and selected special topics are included.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to accounting and reporting standards for local governmental units and not-for-profit entities. Entities to be covered include municipal and state governments and various non-profit organizations. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles for governmental and not-for-profit entities. Students should develop an understanding of the basic concepts of fund accounting, be able to contrast accounting concepts of governmental and non-profit organizations with that of for-profit organizations, and have a basic knowledge of state and local government financial reporting requirements. In addition, students should have a basic awareness of the different requirements for local governments in Kansas.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of concepts of fraud examination and forensic accounting-related fraud, asset theft and financial statement misstatements. Topics covered include the nature of fraud, fraud prevention, detection methods, investigation procedure and types of fraud.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an extension of microeconomic analysis to enterprises in the private and public sectors of the economy. Major emphasis is placed on the application of statistics and economic theory to decision-making in the firm. Backgrounds in economics (micro and macro) and statistics, as well as graduate standing, are required for this course. This course is study of the management of information technology as it is practiced in organizations today. Traditional organizations are moving toward a more interconnected or networked business environment. A major focus will be understanding the role and use of complex technology in the support of individual, workgroup, enterprise, inter-enterprise and international computing. A background in information technology is required.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This class covers in detail the common law of contracts, sale law (UCC), negotiable documents, secured transactions, property law, bailments, trusts and estates, and bankruptcy law. The class is intended to give students more detailed coverage of important areas of law for businesses and to prepare accounting majors for the CPA exam.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to introduce the student to quantitative approaches in business decision-making. It includes decision analysis, regression analysis in forecasting, linear and integer programming, transportation, assignment and transshipment problems, project scheduling, inventory management, simulation, and multi-criteria decision problems. The software packages Management Scientist, Excel and/or SAS/SPSS are used to solve quantitative business analysis problems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will present project management techniques, potential problems and overall decision-making associated with software-development projects. Specific topics will address planning, organizing, scheduling and controlling information technology projects, current tools and techniques, and the roles and responsibilities of project managers.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to enhance and expand the knowledge and skill of students interested in careers in business analytics (BA). A primary method of learning these skills will be the application areas of spreadsheet and database design in multiple application environments. A predominant method for the development of these skills will be in a Business Simulation environment in which the students will run their own organization to generate the data with which to apply business analytics. The Business Simulation will be executed at various times during the semester to provide the database used in the various BA applications.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is study of the management of information technology as it is practiced in organizations today. Traditional organizations are moving toward a more interconnected or networked business environment. A major focus will be understanding the role and use of complex technology in the support of individual, workgroup, enterprise, inter-enterprise and international computing. A background in information technology is required.

*Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.

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