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Master of Accounting Graduate

Master of Accounting With A Concentration in Public Accounting

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Graduate Admissions
(954) 262-5067
800-672-7223 ext. 25067

As a highly trained accountant, you’ll be in a position to serve the needs of a vast clientele – from businesses and nonprofits to individuals and government agencies. At NSU, you’ll gain more than the required credentials. You’ll develop the skills that help businesses create value, giving you a competitive advantage in the career marketplace.

The Master of Accounting with a concentration in Public Accounting provides you with a foundation in advanced accounting skills. It’s guided by faculty with professional accounting experience outside of the classroom. You’ll get opportunities to work on real world projects and obtain coveted internships. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. With your CPA certification, you’ll be on your way to becoming a leader in public accounting, whether it be in a small local firm or a large international one.

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Admissions Deadlines:

Winter I 2020: December 13, 2019
Summer 2020: April 24, 2020

  • Courses offered alternate weekends, limited weeknight offerings on the main campus and online.
  • Designed for working professionals in the field of accounting.
  • Students with limited accounting experience can complete foundation course requirements online.
  • Program can be completed in as little as 12 months.
  • Program begins three times annually with starts in August, January, and May.
  • 33-51 credit hours (based on undergraduate degree)
  • International students on a F1 visa without a bachelor's degree in accounting may not be eligible for this program.

For more information about the program, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
(954) 262-5067
1-800-672-7223 ext. 25067

Total credits: 33-51 (based on undergraduate degree)

Core courses (33 Total Credits)
Foundation (can be waived with undergraduate degree)
ACT 5001 Introductory Accounting  
ACT 5004 Cost Accounting  
ACT 5006 Intermediate Accounting I  
ACT 5007 Intermediate Accounting II  
ACT 5010 Auditing
ACT 5731 Accounting Information and Control Systems    
ACT 5009 Advanced Accounting  
ACTP 5711 Internet Technology  
ACT 5713 Accounting Theory  
ACT 5725 Financial Statement Analysis  
ACT 5730 Accounting Analytics  
TXX 5760 Survey of Taxation: Individuals, Entities and Property  

Public Accounting Courses (12 Total Credits)
ACT 5717 Forensic Accounting  
ACT 5741 Accounting and Reporting Issues
ACT 5743 Advanced Issues in Auditing  
ACT 5753 Fund Accounting  

Elective Courses (6 Total Credits)
Choose 2 from below or other concentration.
ACT 5721 Accounting Professional Ethics
ACT 5733 Advanced Managerial Accounting I
ACT 5735 Controllership
ACT 5736 Internal and Operational Auditing
ACT 5742 Contemporary Accounting Issues in Business
ACT 5744 Regulatory Issues for Accountants
ACT 5780 Accounting Internship
ACT 5783 Modern Business Law for Accountants
TXX 5767 IRS Practices and Procedures
TXX 5769 Tax Planning and Research
TXX 5771 Federal Taxation of Partnerships
FIN 5130 Financial Management (department approval ONLY)
MGT 5105 Managing Org. Behavior (department approval ONLY)
MKT 5125 Marketing Decisions for Managers (department approval ONLY)

Contact Us for additional information or proceed to our Application for Admission.

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the Master of Accounting with concentration in Public Accounting curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Core Course Descriptions

Concentration Course Descriptions

Elective Course Descriptions

Foundation Course Descriptions

The following prerequisite courses are built into the M.Acc. core curriculum.

ACT 5001 Introductory Accounting
ACT 5004 Cost Accounting
ACT 5006 Intermediate Accounting I
ACT 5007 Intermediate Accounting II
ACT 5010 Auditing
ACT 5731 Accounting Information and Control Systems
Courses may be waived at the discretion of the department chair or designee. Waivers will only be considered when an equivalent course with a grade of C has been earned in the past 10 years

Students have two options for satisfying a program prerequisite course:

  1. Complete course(s) offered by the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Businessand Entrepreneurship;
  2. Complete a proficiency examination administered by a testing organizationthat has national recognition, such as CLEP and DANTES. Students selecting this option must complete the requirements within their first two semesters with HCBE. After the second semester, courses must be completed with HCBE. Official transcripts must be received by the office of Academic Advising one week prior to students seeking to register for courses requiring the prerequisite requirement.

To qualify as a candidate for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, the following requirements must be fulfilled (as quoted from the State of Florida website):

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, unless one is using the provisions of the foreign rule.

The Board accepts degrees from schools accredited by the following associations : Middle States Association, New England Association, North Central Association, Northwest Association, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Association of Independent Schools and Colleges who have been approved by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Canadian Schools who have been approved by their provincial educational bodies.

2. The accounting education program must consist of 36 semester hours of upper division accounting courses including coverage of tax, auditing, financial, and cost accounting. The business education program must consist of 39 semester hours of upper division general business courses with some exceptions. One micro-economics, one macro-economics, one statistics, one business law, and one introduction to computers course may be lower division. As part of the general business hours, applicants are required to have a total of six semester hours of business law courses which must cover contracts, torts, and the Uniform Commercial Code. Excess upper division accounting courses may be used to meet the General Business requirement. Elementary accounting classes are never acceptable for credit. Courses for non-accounting majors and any M.B.A. courses that are equivalent to elementary accounting are not accepted for this requirement.

Examination Dates

April - May

July - August

October - November

January - February

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

October 17
Virtual Information Meeting

Please join NSU’s Huizenga College of Business to learn more about our MBA, MPA, Master of Accounting, and MSRED programs. Take this opportunity to learn more about our admissions criteria and have your application fee waived. Information about scholarships and financial aid will also be available. We look forward to welcoming you to the Shark Nation!!


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