Master of Science in Management: Accounting

Accounting Specialization

The accounting specialization covers a broad range of accounting related studies, especially in the areas of:

  • Financial accounting, fraud detection, and accounting ethics
  • Management accounting
  • Government and nonprofit accounting
  • Auditing process
  • Income taxation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Accounting policy, combine in-depth studies in management science and accounting.

Professional Certification

Successful completion of the accounting specialization may satisfy the education requirements of candidacy for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam 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.

Articulation Agreement

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.

Academic Preparation

Students interested in the accounting specialization must have completed 15 credits of accounting coursework, with a grade of C or better in each course, prior to enrolling in any graduate level accounting course.

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Accounting specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • Public Accountant or Auditor
  • Accounting Manager
  • Internal Control/Forensics Accounting Specialist
  • Management Accountant
  • Government Accountant or Auditor
  • Internal Auditor
  • Financial, Budget, or Management Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 and UCSP 621 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (3)
  • MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication and Leadership (3)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.
  4. MGMT 640 is prerequisite to FIN 610 in the Financial Management specialization.

Accounting (ACCT) Specialization Required Courses

Specialization Rules

  1. ACCT 610 must be taken prior to any other graduate accounting courses.
  2. Students must have completed 15 credits of undergraduate accounting work with a grade of C or better before enrolling in graduate level accounting courses.
  3. Students may be accepted into the degree program with less than the required 15 credit hours, but should take the undergraduate credit hours while they take the core courses.

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.

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