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Master of Science in Accounting

Broaden Your Knowledge to Advance Your Accounting Career

Stratford University’s Master of Science in Accounting program will expand your specialized knowledge in accounting and increase your marketability in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Our M.S. in Accounting will update you on the latest developments in the profession and re-introduce you to accounting from a global perspective.

To broaden your academic experience, Stratford’s M.S. in Accounting will integrate theoretical and practical accounting principles with the study of quantitative methods in decision making for international accounting.

Instructed by seasoned accounting practitioners, you will review current trends and demands in the accounting profession, including forensic accounting, advanced accounting practices, and the use of technology and accounting information systems in the workplace. Moreover, you will hone your research and analytical skills, and build proficiency in the leading accounting software programs.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job. As a result, our alumni have secured exciting jobs in the DC metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of our graduates with a M.S. in Accounting were employed in their field of study or a related field. Many of our alumni have been hired by some of the nation’s leading corporations, including Price Waterhouse Cooper, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, American Systems, Verizon Wireless, Capital One Bank, BAE Systems, FritoLay, Geico, and Liberty Mutual.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Tax Examiner, Collector, and Revenue Agent
  • Postsecondary Business Teacher

Take the next step towards taking your accounting career to the next level. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Accounting Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your master’s in accounting through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 40.5 9
Electives 13.5 3
Total Required for Graduation 54 12

Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford’s faculty is comprised of the some of the top leaders in business, both in the private and public sectors. All members of our faculty have earned a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, J.D, or a Ph.D. In addition to leading instruction at Stratford, our faculty is comprised of entrepreneurs who run their own business; managers in government; practicing CPAs and attorneys; and experts in the field of information technology. With their expertise, they are equipped to teach underlying business theories, and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies required in the business community as well as the government market.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art learning facilities that provide the perfect environment for examining and analyzing timely business topics. Our small class sizes allow you to enjoy low student-to-teacher ratios, which encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with computers and are ideal for hands-on lab activities.

A Masters Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. These classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or 10 weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a Master’s degree in 15 months.

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success as 100% of part-time students who graduated with a M.S. in Accounting between 2011 and 2012 completed the program on time.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition & fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s Masters of Science in Accounting.

Code Name Credits
Business Law
Managerial Accounting
International Managerial Accounting
Corporate Finance
Financial Management
Accounting Information Systems
Advanced Managerial Accounting
Advanced Auditing
Forensic Accounting
Systems Auditing
Advanced Financial Accounting

Students will complete three elective classes selected in conjunction with an academic advisor. 

Code Name Credits
Organizational Behavior
International Business
Managerial International Business
Federal Taxation
International Taxation
Advanced Accounting Theory