Based on the functional, personal, and broad business competencies identified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this MSA program satisfies the 150-hour requirement for the CPA examination in most states. It also helps you prepare for other professional certification programs such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Forensic Accounting: For those interested in fraud prevention or criminal investigation. This concentration helps prepare you for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.
In this program, you can achieve these learning outcomes, as adapted from AICPA core competencies.
- Decision Modeling: Consider issues, identify alternatives, choose and implement solutions.
- Risk Analysis: Identify and manage audit risk and understand how business risk affects business strategy.
- Measurement: Use traditional and non-traditional (e.g., quantitative and qualitative) measures that are relevant and reliable.
- Reporting: Communicate clearly and objectively the work done and the resulting findings in accordance with professional standards.
- Research: Access relevant guidance/information, understand it, and apply it.
- Strategic Thinking: link data, knowledge, and insight together to provide information for decision making.
- Legal: describe and apply the legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements of the profession.