Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems
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A strong understanding of business processes, combined with an integrated knowledge of accounting and information technology, will make you a valuable resource in the workforce. Our program in accounting and information technology will give you an edge on the competition.
Students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in accounting and pursue the MS in accounting and financial management, accounting and information systems, or management with a specialization in accounting can reduce the total coursework for the graduate degree by up to 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework. More information is available in the Articulation Agreement.
Graduates of UMUC's Master of Science in Accounting Systems (MSAS) qualify for one year of work experience toward the Certified Information Systems Auditor(tm) (CISA®) designation. As of April 8, 2010, the MSAS curriculum is in alignment with the ISACA® Model Curriculum for IT Audit and Control, 2nd Edition.
The curriculum requires 36 credits and consists of six accounting courses, five information systems courses and one program capstone.
Note: Successful completion of the program may satisfy the educational requirement for candidacy for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam or to practice as a CPA vary among states. Students are responsible for staying abreast of the current requirements of the state in which they will sit for the exam or practice professionally.
- Students must have completed 15 credits of undergraduate accounting courses with a grade of C or better in each class before enrolling in any graduate accounting course.
- ACCT 610 must be taken prior to any other Graduate accounting courses.
- Students must complete all courses except either ACCT 665 or INFA 610 before enrolling in MSAS 670.
- It is strongly recommended that ACCT 612 be taken before ACCT 608.
- Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).
- Students without recent coursework in accounting are strongly advised to complete UCSP 620 before enrolling in ACCT 610.
Required Accounting Courses
UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study
- ACCT 610 Financial Accounting (3)
- ACCT 608 Fraud Examination and Accounting Ethics (3)
- ACCT 614 Accounting Information Systems (3)
- ACCT 612 Auditing (3)
- ACCT 613 Federal Income Taxation (3)
- ACCT 665 Selected Topics in Accounting: Combined Entities, Multinational, Government, and Nonprofit Accounting (3)
Required Information Systems Courses
- ISAS 610 Information Systems Management and Integration (3)
- ISAS 630 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
- ISAS 650 Information Technology, the CIO, and Organizational Transformation (3)
- INFA 610 Computer Security, Software Assurance, Hardware Assurance, and Security Management (3)
- IMAT 637 IT Acquisitions Management (3)
Capstone Course: MSAS 670 Accounting and Information Technology Capstone (3)
Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.