ST. LOUIS, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Missouri has launched a new master's degree program in its College of Business: the Master of Science, Accounting. This new program, also referred to as the Master of Accounting (MAcc), provides students with the knowledge and skills they need for a successful career in accounting or auditing. Applications are being accepted now, and after completing the admissions and enrollment process, students may begin coursework on the first day of any month, beginning July 1.
The M.S. in Accounting degree is designed for accounting professionals who wish to further their education, as well as those who need additional academic preparation and credits to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam or other professional examinations such as the certified management accountant (CMA) exam and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.
"We know that there is fast-growing demand for accountants with their master's degree. With this program, WGU Missouri can help many working professionals in Missouri to boost their career outlook and fill the need for highly-qualified employees," said WGU Missouri Chancellor Angie Besendorfer.
Students enrolled in this new online degree program will enhance their ability to assess complex transactions and determine their proper accounting and tax treatment. In addition, students will learn auditing practices, how to enhance the internal controls in an organization, and advanced managerial accounting techniques. Courses will cover advanced accounting, financial and strategic management, fraud and forensic accounting, advanced tax concepts, governmental and nonprofit accounting, and other skills and material necessary to be a more experienced accountant.
Like all of WGU Missouri's online, accredited, competency-based degree programs, the Master of Accounting program was created for working adults looking to advance their careers in an education setting that fits with their busy lives. WGU Missouri uses technology to facilitate education in ways that work for individual learners, allowing them to study, complete tasks, and take assessments on their schedule and at their pace. Competency-based learning allows students to advance through their programs as soon as they're able to demonstrate mastery of the material—competencies that are defined by academic and industry experts to reflect the latest needs of the marketplace. Because WGU measures learning rather than time spent in class, professionals with existing knowledge and skills can often move through their programs more quickly, saving both time and money.
Key topics and areas of study covered by this new accounting degree are:
- Advanced financial accounting
- Management communication
- Advanced managerial accounting
- Advanced auditing
- Financial management
- Advanced tax concepts
- Fraud and forensic accounting
- Strategic management
- Governmental and nonprofit accounting
- Accounting research
For more information, visit http://www.wgu.edu/MSAccounting.
About WGU Missouri
WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including Nursing. WGU Missouri employs full-time faculty who serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.
Established by the state through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University (WGU), WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. Through WGU, all WGU Missouri programs are accredited, and the university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
More information is available at missouri.wgu.edu or by calling 855.948.8493.
SOURCE WGU Missouri