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      Online Master's in Accounting Curriculum

      Fundamental accounting principles and flexibility are the foundations of the Sy Syms School of Business online Master of Science in Accounting. The online MS in Accounting curriculum is designed to help you garner the knowledge to sit for the new CPA exam, become a certified public accountant (CPA) and open a multitude of career paths in corporate accounting or public accounting.

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      Are you ready to accelerate your career or take on a new challenge with a master’s degree? Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business offers an innovative online MS in Accounting program designed for busy professionals.

      Complete the form to download a program brochure for Yeshiva University’s online MS in Accounting program.

      Accounting Program Core Courses (24 Credits)

      Our 10-course online MSA program is designed to help you sit for the new CPA exam.

      Core courses in our online master's in accounting provide a comprehensive survey of public and management accounting topics, including income tax, auditing and forensic accounting. Developing technology and practices are also presented. Training in business ethics and corporate governance round out our core accounting curriculum.

      Federal Income Tax I (3 credits)

      This course will cover the following topics, which will serve as a springboard for subsequent courses in the online MSA curriculum: introduction to taxation, determination of tax, gross income inclusions and exclusions, capital gains and losses, itemized deductions, losses and bad debt, employee expenses, depreciation, and accounting periods and methods.

      Forensic Accounting (3 credits)

      This course will introduce the student to the functions of the forensic accountant in preventing, detecting and investigating financial statement fraud, employee fraud and bankruptcy fraud. The course will also explore the forensic accountant’s role in the litigation process as an expert witness.

      Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3 credits)

      This is a graduate-level course focusing on accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations.

      Contemporary Topics in Accounting (3 credits)

      This is a graduate seminar that covers new accounting standards (e.g., revenue recognition, leasing, and financial instrument), FASB/SEC updates, accounting research tools using FASB codification database, and academic accounting research.

      Federal Income Tax II (3 credits)

      This course in the online MSA curriculum is intended to help students recognize key planning, compliance and ethical issues in the income taxation of partnerships, corporations, and estates and trusts.

      Accounting Ethics (3 credits)

      This course will cover the following topics: business in society, corporate social responsibility and corporate performance, introduction to business ethics, corporate governance, the role and responsibility of the professional accountant, accounting ethics, the meaning of accountability in today’s economy, earning management, triple bottom line reporting, ethical issues related to accounting and tax preparation, accounting and audit failure, and whistleblowing.

      Advanced Auditing (3 credits)

      This course will focus on the practical applications of generally accepted auditing standards directed toward the audits of financial statements. This course will also analyze current topical issues in the auditing profession and provide detailed insight into common areas where audits can and do fail. In addition, the course will examine the tension between the practical and business aspects of operating an auditing practice and conducting an audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

      Data, Analytics & Business Impact (3 credits)

      This course explores the exponential growth and ever-changing large complex data and information created by business and society. Data has become so valuable that the World Economic Forum deemed it a new class of economic asset, like oil. Students will study various applications and analytical tools used to derive insight from data, and how experts in accounting, finance and operations utilize big data applications to manage reporting, risk management and compliance. Students learn how different industries leverage the data to impact the bottom line and create a competitive advantage.
      Accounting Program Electives (6 Credits - Choose 2)

      Customize your graduate accounting degree with an in-depth exploration of subjects that are top-of-mind for hiring managers. In addition to the prerequisite courses, graduate students in the Sy Syms online accounting program can focus more deeply on technical and analytics topics, tax practices or managerial accounting subjects.

      Accounting Data Visualization and Analysis (3 credits)

      The goals for this course are to learn the concepts and application of accounting data visualization, and to perform fundamental statistical learning techniques for accounting data. After successfully completing this course in the online MSA curriculum, students will be comfortable using R/RStudio and Tableau for accounting data visualizations and analysis.

      Tax Research, Practice and Procedure (3 credits)

      The purpose of this course is to explain the procedural aspects of working as a tax practitioner and representatives of taxpayers before the IRS. In addition, the course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the concepts and tools of modern income tax research.

      Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)

      This course is an introduction to the subject of accounting information systems, including their design, control and use. The course gives attention to control procedures and methods for manual and computerized systems by major transaction cycles.

      Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)

      This course is intended to give students a better understanding of financial statements and the information they communicate on the operating, investing and financing activities of corporations. The course focuses on the impact of financial accounting principles, disclosure standards and alternative accounting practices on financial reports. It will examine and evaluate traditional and non-traditional methods of financial statement analysis.

      Best Online MSA Program for Financial Professionals

      The best master of accounting program prepares students for success by giving them a firm foundation in financial accounting theory, professional ethics, and corporate governance, along with information on new and emerging technologies and practices.

      The best online master's in accounting programs deliver professional knowledge in a flexible format that allows graduate students to continue their careers and other life commitments while preparing for the CPA exam and building their professional networks. The Sy Syms online master's in accounting can help you take the next step in the accounting profession without breaking your career stride.

      The Sy Syms Online Accounting Programs

      Our online accounting master's program curriculum will seamlessly build off of the concepts you learned with your undergraduate degree, and introduce more nuanced and emerging concepts, formulas, and best practices. When the next financial trend arrives, you'll be more than ready to lead your team to success.

      Graduate students in the Syms online accountancy program can expect to learn principles of financial reporting, forensic accounting, and governmental and nonprofit accounting.

      Our esteemed faculty of accomplished accounting professionals and educators illustrate theoretical concepts with real-world examples and interactive simulations, helping you translate learnings from our flexible online program into your workday.

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      Career Preparation

      Propel your professional accounting career with in-depth knowledge gained through our online accounting master's program. Sy Syms accounting students build the accounting and business administration skills that drive career advancement and can be put to use immediately.

      Open to people with business bachelor's degrees, this program is designed to help you prepare for the certified public accountant exam in New York State. Our online master's in accounting curriculum ensures you're prepared to meet the challenges of the modern business world as soon as you graduate.
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      Data Analytics and Financial Technology

      Courses in these disciplines prepare our online students with the contemporary and in-demand financial skills that modern professionals require for success. Learn to design, manage and use information systems for insight and control through major financial transaction cycles.

      The analytics-focused courses in the online master's in accounting curriculum prepare Syms graduate students with the skills and theoretical frameworks to derive and communicate insights from data. You will learn the skills to create competitive advantages through optimized financial reporting, risk management and compliance.
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      Thoughtful Leadership

      Yeshiva University is a mission-based university that believes in using our influence as a force for good. Throughout your courses in the online master’s in accounting, you’ll learn the importance of corporate social responsibility and the role and duty you’ll have as a professional corporate accountant, preparing you to confidently face the ethical issues and critical challenges of today’s business world.

      Our online accountancy program offers timely and in-demand training in triple-bottom-line reporting, topical issues in auditing, the practical applications of generally accepted auditing standards for financial statements and the meaning of accountability in today's economy.

      Get More With Sy Syms Online Graduate Business Programs

      When it all adds up, your master's is worth more than you think. Not only will our online accounting program give you the technical expertise that employers are searching for, but you’ll also gain the interpersonal skills to collaborate well with others, adopt a growth mindset, and translate numbers and data into pivotal business insights.

      Admission Dates and Deadlines
      Priority Application Deadline
      November 3, 2023
      Spring 2024
      Application Deadline
      January 8, 2024
      Spring 2024
      Next Start
      January 16, 2024
      Spring 2024
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