The University of La Verne’s Master of Science in Accounting program prepares students with one of the most sought-after advanced degrees in the business sector. The curriculum helps prepare those who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam and meet some of the requirements for the Certified Public Accountant licensure.
Students in the MS in Accounting program graduate with valuable skills and knowledge they can immediately apply to real-world problems and career opportunities, including how to:
- Translate accounting theory to real-world applications;
- Apply accounting knowledge, standards, rules, and regulations to business needs;;
- Think critically to solve accounting and business problems;
- Communicate effectively and write financial and business documents;
- Research accounting and business problems; and
- Employ ethical and responsible decision making and standards in accounting.
The MS in Accounting requires completion of eight core courses and two electives for a total of 10 courses (30 units). Some students may be required to complete foundation courses—the program director will review each applicant’s undergraduate coursework and professional experience to determine if foundation courses are necessary.
The program takes one to two years—or six 8-week sessions—to complete and can be taken on a part- or full-time schedule. Classes are taught year-round and there are five start terms per year. Evening courses are available.
Careers in Accounting
For those aspiring to work in upwardly mobile positions as a controller, chief financial officer, or tax or audit specialist, an advanced degree in accounting is a must.
Certified Public Accountants find work in a variety of industries—from nonprofit to corporate—in small, family-owned businesses and large accounting firms alike. Accounting also offers opportunities for specialization; to name just a few:
- assurance services;
- environmental accounting;
- forensic accounting;
- information technology;
- international accounting;
- personal financial planning;
- tax advisory services;
- and more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031. The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $77,250 in May 2021.
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