Prepare to rise to the executive level of responsibility and earning power by developing advanced skills in the career-focused master's degree program in management with a specialization in accounting.

The Master of Science in management with an accounting specialization at University of Maryland University College can help you move toward positions as a comptroller, managing partner, or senior accountant or into another career with maximum flexibility. This accounting specialization teaches you the skills to communicate with high-level decision makers as well as the advanced accounting knowledge that every business needs.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Accounting Specialization

The accounting curriculum features projects sponsored by real clients and case studies of real accounting issues, so you'll build accounting and management skills you can apply immediately in the workplace. 

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Assist in developing strategic plans
  • Assist in the decision-making process required of top managers
  • Build an accounting information system
  • Communicate effectively with top-level executives and diverse populations
  • Design and build an accounting information system
  • Guide management in making effective decisions regarding financial planning
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements
  • Prepare individual and corporate income tax returns
  • Serve in leadership roles
  • Serve on a financial statement audit team

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use SEC 10K reports to research and compare accounting disclosures for multiple organizations in the same and diverse industries
  • Use the case-study method to research circumstances and consequences of corporate accounting misrepresentations to detect fraud
  • Learn to use XBRL, an open-data standard for financial reporting required for many SEC filings
  • Conduct tax research of Fortune 500 companies using the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, IRS tax regulations, issuances, rulings, and case law

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:

Management Master's Degree with Accounting Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • ACCT 610
  • ACCT 611
  • ACCT 612
  • ACCT 613
  • ACCT 614
  • Two courses chosen from the following:
    • ACCT 625
    • ACCT 630
    • ACCT 635
    • ACCT 640

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • ACCT 610 must be taken before any other accounting courses.
  • You are strongly advised to take ACCT 612 before ACCT 630.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for an organizational leadership position in accounting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is ideal for midcareer professionals. We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting as well as familiarity with Microsoft Excel. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

You must have completed 15 credits of undergraduate accounting courses with a grade of C or better in each course before enrolling in any graduate accounting course.

You can be accepted into the degree program with fewer than the required 15 credits, but you should take the undergraduate credits while you take the core courses.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Accounting and Finance Forum

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Accounting and Finance Forum provides information about the accounting and finance majors as well as topics of interest from course selection to career paths. It assists students with the exploration of resources on accounting and finance careers and the accounting and finance fields, including job postings and information about career opportunities.