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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 in as few as 12 months 100% online. Learn advanced accounting skills that will equip you to move ahead in your professional accounting career.

Overview

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.

$10,500 Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

30 Credit Hours

In this affordable and flexible online program, now delivered in accelerated, 7-week courses 100% online, you will build on your bachelor's degree in accounting with an extensive study of advanced accounting issues across auditing, management, and taxation. The program is designed to meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. No work experience is required to enter the program, although a GMAT waiver is available for those with three years of significant experience, and the program can be completed in as few as 12 months.

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

This online program prepares you for roles such as:

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

Accreditations:

AACSB Accredited
The Emporia State University School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
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Tuition

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.

$350 Per Credit Hour

$1,050 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$10,500 Total Tuition

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Calendar

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.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall I Aug. 20, 2018 Aug. 6, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018 Aug. 17, 2018 Oct. 5, 2018
Fall II Oct. 15, 2018 Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Oct. 12, 2018 Dec. 5, 2018
Spring I Jan. 15, 2019 Jan. 1, 2019 Jan. 8, 2019 Jan. 8, 2019 Jan. 14, 2019 March 4, 2019
Spring II March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 15, 2019 May 3, 2019
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Admissions

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. GMAT waivers can be awarded based on a combination of work experience and undergraduate GPA.

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:
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
    • Cost Accounting
    • Income Taxation
    • Auditing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.65 or higher (4.0 system) cumulative or in the last 60 semester hours of study, and
  • Meet the formula of (200 x undergraduate GPA) + GMAT =>1,050 (or equivalent GRE scores)

GMAT waiver available for:

  • Applicants with 3 or more years of significant leadership/management experience (with resume submitted)
  • Applicants with a 3.5 or higher undergraduate GPA from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution
  • Applicants holding a master's degree from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to gradinfo@emporia.edu or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed to:

Emporia State University
Campus Box 4003
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

or overnighted to:

Overnight address:
Emporia State University
Graduate School
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

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Courses

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.

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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 serves as an introduction to the world of enterprise resource planning and also provides a solid foundation for many disciplines in common business processes and how they are supported by modern information systems. By studying both successful and unsuccessful implementation examples, students examine how and why an ERP system is implemented and how it is integrated with existing business processes. Students examine the impact of ERP on the organization and how change can be managed. An ERP system such as SAP will be used to experience several business processes and the software first hand. Consent of instructor is needed.

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.

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