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Curriculum | Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting

The Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting is a 30-credit program that is broken up into full-time and part-time sessions. Fifteen credits are earned in person during the summer session when students are enrolled on a full-time basis. The remaining credits are earned online and part-time in the fall and spring semesters.

Program Format

The General Track offers on-campus summer sessions taught in two five-week sessions held on the Livingston campus in New Brunswick/Piscataway. The first session begins in May, and the second session immediately follows in July. Two courses are taught in each session, with each class meeting twice a week. A fifth course, Advanced Auditing & Accounting Information Systems, spans the two five-week sessions.  The remaining electives are taken on a part-time basis online in the fall and spring semesters.

General Track Summer Courses

General Track courses for summer 2022 will be offered on the Livingston campus.

22:010:660 - (3 credits) - Accounting in the Digital Era

This course provides the student with the evolution of accounting information to the digital economy. It explores the migration of the economy to a real time economy and the electronization of the business as well as the globalization of business. Enabling and emerging technologies provides the student with an awareness of the future of accounting, reporting and auditing in the digital age. Technologies and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act provide an understanding about future methodologies that address compliance with the Act.

22:835:628 - (3 credits) - Advanced Accounting Research

The goal of this course is to give you the opportunity to use various aspects of your analytical accounting skills to analyze real-world problems. It is an independent study in which teams address accounting issues and research authoritative literature to prepare suggested solutions to the issue. It is an excellent course for professionals who enter public accounting in that it helps a student develop a methodology in researching the authoritative literature.

22:835:626 - (3 credits) - Advanced Auditing & Accounting Information Systems

The course adds to the knowledge of future accounting and auditing professionals who have taken the prerequisite course, "Auditing," by becoming familiar with the technologies use in Accounting Information System and related IT audit methodology. The emphasis of this course is to assist students in (1) obtaining an understanding of the risks associated with key aspects of information systems including: operating systems security, databases, networks, and systems development; and the audit role of Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques (CAATTs); and (2) having a working command of ACL in performing standard attest function tests and fraud detection.

22:010:630 - (3 credits) - Advanced Tax Research

This course covers the tax research environment including rules and ethics in tax practice. Emphasis is on learning how to research tax problems by locating, understanding and analyzing source materials such as the Internal Revenue Code, IRS Regulations, and Court Cases. This course is offered in August, but is technically considered a Fall course. Students interested in this course must attend an overview session on the Newark campus in July.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate tax course

22:010:645 - (3 credits) - Decoding of Corporate Financial Communication

This course is designed to strengthen your ability to understand and interpret key corporate reports and disclosures. The course begins with exploring incentives for corporations to communicate, user groups to which they communicate, and various forms and channels of communication. We then consider major corporate reporting mechanisms such as the Annual Report, Form 10K, Form 8K, and Form 10Q, as well as voluntary disclosures.  We will spend discuss interpreting and understanding comparison of financial information and disclosure within and across industries. Throughout the course we will discuss key financial statement analysis tools including: ratio analysis, working capital, asset management, return on assets, return on equity, the impact of debt on the capital structure. We will also study the impact of fixed and variable costs and will link this to operating and financial leverage. The ability to analyze, interpret and manage a firm's financial statements with an emphasis on understanding the reporting choices available to management is an invaluable skill-set. The course will emphasize the interpretation, evaluation, and application of financial accounting concepts and theory. We will emphasize communication skills, critical thinking, decision-making skills, and real-world issues in accounting including but not limited to financial malfeasance and ethics.


Elective courses will be offered asynchronously online in the fall and spring semesters.

22:010:688 - (3 credits) - Audit Analytics

This course, is intended to students with the basics of the application of analytics in the (internal and external) audit process in current ubiquitous computer-based information systems and their application in organizations. The course does not primarily focus on the technical aspects of analytic methods, though these topics will be discussed largely in the context of case examples: thus, the emphasis is on the usage of statistics and the interpretation of results rather than the mathematics of specific tools and techniques.

22:373:619 - (3 credits) - Ethics in Business

Covers such topics as free markets and regulation, moral responsibility of senior managers, corporate strategy and stockholder relations, the environment, product safety, employee rights, corporate culture and group think, racial and sexual discrimination, affirmative action, the responsibilities of American companies abroad, and leveraged buyouts. Text, articles, case studies, and fictional works will be employed.

22:010:682 - (3 credits) - Financial Analysis and Financial Risk Management

The Financial Analysis and Financial Risk Management course is designed to create an understanding of the application of strategic cost management principles for business organizations, and to provide an opportunity to develop skills in applying these principles through problems and cases.  The management accountant’s role is to provide timely and accurate information to assist management in achieving the firm’s goals.  This is an integrative role, which requires the management accountant to understand the firm’s strategy, and to understand how both financial and non-financial information is developed across all the management functions – finance, marketing, operations, information technology, and human resources.

The main objectives of this course are to understand the fundamentals of management accounting, including the strategic role of cost management, basic cost terms and concepts, the accountant’s ethical responsibility, and determining product costs. Learn how to use costs and other critical success factors in management planning and decision-making and apply the use of costs and other critical success factors in operational control.

22:010:664 - (3 credits) - Forensic Accounting

Forensic accountants must be able to recognize various types of fraud and have the skills to investigate fraud. Having the skills to investigate fraud requires a keen mind, skillful observation, careful documentation, perceptive interviewing, tracing transactions, etc., through a documentary record, and the ability to reconstruct a documentary record, as needs be. Obviously, as well, forensic accountants should be skilled at drawing evidence from the facts/evidence gathered during the investigation. Given that preventing fraud is more efficient than detecting it, forensic accountants should know how to prevent fraud as well.

22:010:551 - (3 credits) - Governmental Accounting and Auditing

The basic principles of fund accounting are covered, including the analysis of financial management systems applicable to local government units. This course also introduces students to major pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). An introduction to government auditing is also provided, including a review of Government Auditing Standards, promulgated by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). The Single Audit requirements for state and local governments are also covered.

22:010:627 - (3 credits) - Information Risk Management

One of auditors’ primary responsibilities is to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of organizations’ risk management. Integrating information systems in the audit process can provide better assistance for the auditors to monitor and assess organizations’ risk. The goal of this course is to introduce the advanced applications of audit automation, such as continuous auditing and monitoring, and related risk management issues. Specifically, this course aims to facilitate students to (1) recognize the future of audit process involving advanced technologies, (2) understand various of risks existing in an organization and how an enterprise risk management system works, (3) master some widely used audit automation/analytics tools, such as Caseware electronic working papers and IDEA

22:010:607 - (3 credits) - Management Controls in Nonprofit Organizations

This course presents the most commonly used accounting and control programs in nonprofit organizations. The course is heavily case oriented in order to get students to consider accounting and control problems in specific nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, governmental units, colleges and universities, and federal and state agencies.

22:010:690 - (3 credits) - Special Topics in Audit Analytics

The objective of the course is to teach students audit analytic techniques and how to apply them in practice. The first part of the course is intended to develop students' understanding of what statistical inference is and how it is related to audit and audit data. Students will learn how to apply some basic statistical models to the auditing problems, how to interpret the results, and troubleshoot some common problems. The second part of the course covers some specialized audit analytic techniques such as visualization, neural networks and continuity equations. The course is practice-oriented featuring presenter demonstrations and student.

22:010:680 - (3 credits) - Strategic Cost Analysis for Financial Management

This course covers basic key topics in Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Finance, Capital Budgeting, Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions, Options, Derivatives, Valuation Models, Personal and Organizational Professional Ethics, in preparation for Corporate Accounting careers and for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.

Course Offerings by Term

Spring 2021




Forensic Accounting



Special Topics in Audit Analytics



Information Risk Management



Governmental Accounting


Irfan Bora

Ethics in Business



Cybersecurity Assurance



Intro to AI in Accounting



Independent Study in Audit Analytics