Accountancy degree overview

Master in Accountancy

Earn your Master of Accountancy degree online at Ottawa University and gain the conceptual framework used to measure and report an organization's financial events.

About our Master of Accountancy Degree

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is a specialized degree designed to help prepare students for careers as professional accountants in public practice, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The program will enhance students’ accounting knowledge, develop strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, augment interpersonal skills, and provide more career opportunities while helping meet the 150-hour educational requirement for the CPA examination in most states*. The program comprises of 30 semester credit hours with courses ranging from auditing and attestation, business environment and conceptual understanding to financial accounting, reporting, and analysis, and business regulation. The MAcc program is open to all students, even those without a prior degree in accounting. Additionally, the program is also designed as a combined degree program for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and Master of Accountancy degree in five years. Please consult an Ottawa University academic advisor for more information on the Five-Year Combined BA Accounting/MAcc program.

Career Opportunities with an Accounting Degree

Accounting principles provide an important foundation for careers in finance, economics, auditing and administration within both the public and private sectors. There are a number of accounting jobs that you can pursue upon graduation, including:
  • Budget analyst
  • Controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Public accountant
  • Purchasing agent
The need for accounting professionals is expected to increase 11% through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reported numbers for starting wages above inflation for graduates with master degrees in accounting were higher than for master of finance and MBA programs. Employers are seeking accountants with advanced, specialized degrees and skills to help organizations navigate the global business environment. As a result, the opportunities to advance to upper level management positions within an organization are strong and largely due to the increased demand for skilled professional accountants.
About Ottawa University
Established in 1865, Ottawa University is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited institution providing a quality educational to more than 7,000 students through our residential campus in Ottawa, our adult and professional studies campuses and our online programs.

For more information about earning your Master of Accountancy at Ottawa University, contact us today.

Download a program overview for complete curriculum and course descriptions.

This program is not yet accredited by ACBSP, as a new business program, it cannot be considered for ACBSP accreditation until the program has been in place for at least two years and has graduates.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Required Courses

Accounting Theory | ACC 7000
Examines and evaluates the theories underlying the practice of accounting and financial reporting.  The conceptual basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) is reviewed within the context of policy setting, the economics of reporting regulation, and in comparison with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). A historical perspective on the evolution of the theories is provided as part of the rationale for the treatment of financial statement elements.

Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting | ACC 7100
Analyzes and distinguishes between the reporting requirements of large, generally multinational corporations focusing on foreign currency transactions, segment reporting, and business combinations. Further concentrates on the rational and critical review of economic data presentation and emerging issues in financial accounting and reporting. Prerequisite: ACC 7000 Accounting Theory

Accounting Information Systems | ACC 7600
This course provides an overview of the development, implementation, and evolution of accounting information systems (AIS). Relevant theoretical and applied research are integrated into topical coverage to further provide the conceptual, analytical, and technical knowledge and understanding necessary for accounting professionals to work efficiently and productively in a computer-based information environment.  Topics discussed include the impact of technology, control issues, and behavioral aspects of the AIS process, including the relationship between the AIS and the flows of accounting information (both internal and external to business operations) for decision-making. In addition to AIS auditability concerns, other attributes of internal and external auditing, such as professional ethics, evidence gathering and evaluation, risk assessment, and reporting options will also be examined.

Graduate Seminar: Applied Accounting | ACC 8500
This is the capstone course in the MAcc program  It concentrates on case study analysis not only to apply knowledge from previous accounting coursework, but also to develop and improve critical thinking and analytical skills in the use of accounting information for decision-making purposes. The course will discuss applied accounting issues surrounding five themes including (a) the role of accounting, (b) the importance of professional research, (c) emerging and contemporary issues, (d) professional auditing, and (e) consulting and other accounting services. This capstone course will provide the foundation for a broad-based, comprehensive business analysis of accounting and its practical application. Prerequisite: Completion of all required program courses or approval of advisor.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | BUS 7200
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Core Electives

Choose two of the following courses:

Advanced Income Taxation | ACC 7200
Analyzes and distinguishes between the studies of federal taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, including the tax implications and/or consequences of forming, operating, liquidating, and reorganizing such entities. The complex topics of financial tax accounting concepts (e.g., cash and accrual methods of tax accounting, time value of money effects, deferred tax assets/liabilities, permanent/temporary differences, net operating loss carryforwards/carrybacks, etc.), employee compensation, related party transactions, shareholder taxation, and tax planning are also addressed.

Professional Responsibilities and Business Law | ACC 7250
Examines and analyzes elements of the legal environment relevant to the accounting profession. Topics of study include professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities in accounting practice applicable to partnerships, corporations and other business organizations, contracts (e.g., debtor-creditor relationships), government regulation, and aspects of the uniform commercial code (UCC) including negotiable instruments and secured transactions.

Accounting for Decision Making and Control | ACC 7300
Examines the use of accounting information to assist management planning, analyzing, and implementing processes for business and strategic decision making. Analyzes and evaluates cost information for management planning and control, including a study of traditional management accounting systems (e.g. job order and process costing, standard costing, and activity-based costing systems) and their limitations. The application of analysis techniques to assist in finding solutions to accounting management issues are emphasized.

Advanced Auditing and Forensic Accounting | ACC 7400
An in-depth exposure and coverage of auditing and forensic accounting topics. Coverage will include examining and assessing the auditor's attest function and its practical application, emphasizing auditing standards (e.g. concepts of independence and professional judgement), auditing methodology and procedures as well as professional and reporting responsibilities. The mechanics of an external audit are covered, including documentation, evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests. Other topics include statistical methods, governmental, internal, and operational auditing, audit management, information systems auditing, and current issues.

Business Courses

Choose three of the following courses:

Managerial Economics | BUS 7500
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Managerial Finance | BUS 7600
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Money and Capital Markets | BUS 7801
Course provides a comprehensive understanding and working aptitude of the structures, tools, and functions of monetary systems, both domestic and international. Special attention will be give to the U.S. Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other government agencies dealing with global capital markets.

Working Capital Management | BUS 7802
Course focuses on guidelines, objectives, and methodologies involved in managing corporate short-term assets, liabilities, and working capital. Liquidity levels, cash management, credit policies, bank relationships, factoring, inventory controls, and current asset and liability management will be emphasized.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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