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Accountancy MAcc

Passionate learners who are ready to take the next step on the road to a professional career in accounting with the goal of sitting for the CPA exam are encouraged to apply for Keystone’s Master in Accountancy (MAcc) program. Our 30-credit MAcc program is structured to allow students to take classes online and complete the degree in one year.

You will develop a greater understanding of accounting, taxation, auditing, ethical practices, forensic accounting, risk management, and international accounting that will expand job prospects while preparing for the CPA exam.

Class Delivery Format

An online delivery format with two courses every seven weeks which allows the student to complete the degree in one year. Students who are admitted to the MAcc program are expected to register for courses every semester and complete the program in one year.

Accountancy MAcc Course List

Summer Session

ACCT 5150 International Accounting ( 3 credits)
Introduces students to the international dimensions of accounting, financial reporting, and financial control. The perspective of International Financial Reporting Standards (IRFS) rather than Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) will be the focus of the course.

ACCT 5200  Graduate Writing and Research Methods ( 3 credits)
Designed for detailed research into a current topic in accounting theory, tax practice or international accounting. Helps student writers and researchers to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a variety of expert readers, including the academic community.

Fall Session

ACCT 5250 Advanced Auditing ( 3 credits)
Assists students in the planning and performance of audits through the use of case studies and research. Generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) will be utilized and students will employee current procedures and practices

ACCT 5300 Forensic Accounting ( 3 credits)
Designed for financial investigation with an understanding of economic theory, business information, financial reporting systems, accounting and auditing standards and procedures, data management and data analysis techniques

ACCT 6150 Corporate and Partnership Taxation ( 3 credits)
Focuses on advanced topics in the income taxation of corporations and flow-through business entities (partnerships, subchapter S corporations, limited partnerships, etc.) including formation, allocations, distributions, redemptions, reorganizations and terminations.

ACCT 6250 Government and Fund Accounting (3 credits)
Identifies various government funds and transactions and the preparation of financial statements for governmental accounting. Addresses fund accounting for not-for-profit organizations

Spring Session I

ACCT 6200 Corporate Law and Regulations (3 credits)
Covers the formation of corporate business structures, management responsibilities, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Also reviews mergers and acquisitions, corporate insolvency, liquidations, and corporate crime.

ACCT 6810 CPA Review I ( 3 credits)
Covers topics in Auditing and Attestation (AUD) and Regulations (REG) that are covered on the CPA exam.

Spring Session II

ACCT 6910 CPA Review II ( 3 credits)|
Covers topics in Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Business Environments and Concepts ( BEC) that are covered on the CPA exam.

ACCT 6950 Graduate Thesis ( 3 credits)

Contact Us

Dr. Patricia Davis
570-945-8424
Patricia.Davis@keystone.edu

Jennifer Sekol
Office of Admissions
570-945-8117
Jennifer.Sekol@keystone.edu

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (any major) from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance must complete the following undergraduate accounting courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of B or higher: Financial Accounting, Managerial or Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I ,  Intermediate Accounting II, Individual Federal Taxes and Auditing to be considered for the program.

Application Checklist

  • Application: Applicants are required to submit their application online
  • Test Scores: GMAT score of 500 (Waived for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.)
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities
  • Current resume or CV
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

For international students the following is also required:

  • Transcripts (English translation is required) with proof of degree conferred
  • Financial Statement (ISFS) with affidavit of financial support to pay
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Scores. An 80 TOEFL score is required. A 6.5 IELTS score is required.