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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Advanced Accounting

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced Accounting

Having an advanced knowledge of accounting principles and practices doesn’t just make you a valuable member of any business or nonprofit, it also provides a sound foundation for advancement to higher positions. With higher-level accounting skills, you’ll be in position to know where the money comes and goes in an organization, which can lead to many opportunities for leadership and management roles.

This post-master’s specialization prepares you for careers in auditing and accounting positions in corporations, government, and nonprofit organizations. You’ll develop knowledge to pursue the role of chief financial officer, controller, or other advanced management positions that go beyond preparation of financial statements to the analysis that supports strategic business decisions.

Admission Requirements 

  • A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Business with a specialization in Advanced Accounting, you must complete 18 credit hours, including five required courses and one School of Business doctoral level elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 14 months.

Required Course Listings

This course focuses on formulating, evaluating, and interpreting accounting information for managerial decision-making. Managerial accountants (MAs) support managers and leaders by providing information on costs, budgets, and projections needed to make business decisions. You’ll identify and evaluate current trends, emerging developments, and reporting standards affecting the field, and you’ll learn to adapt practices and processes to provide leaders with accurate information to compete effectively within industries and markets.

A thorough examination of business fraud. The course explores prevention, detection, investigation, and resolution of fraud commonly found in the corporate world. You’ll learn to differentiate types of fraud found in organizational management, the consumer environment, and elsewhere. Finally, you’ll explore how to react when fraud is uncovered at a business or corporation, both from an auditing and managerial perspective.

This course reviews the role of the forensic accountant in investigations and audits. Topics covered are the legal environment, Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002, audit and investigation, dispute resolution, information security, financial statement analysis, and tax fraud. You’ll gain an understanding and familiarity with the role of forensic accountants, their tools, and their practices.

An examination of auditing theory and the application of auditing standards and methods in practice settings. The focus is on auditing and assurance services, audit planning, substantive testing, and internal control evaluation. You’ll also explore the evidence and procedures used by external auditors and how they report on financial statements.

This course focuses on the analysis of accounting pronouncements, concepts, and standards and their impact on decision-making. The scope is broader than other accounting classes, merging aspects of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and auditing into a single theoretical structure that is applicable to any issue in the accounting field.

Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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