Earn your Master’s in Accounting
Amplify your career with a degree in accounting.
Live, study, and thrive in the nation's capital, one of the most influential cities in the world.
Earn your degree on your own terms. Attend the program part-time or full-time, depending on your work and life demands. Full-time students typically complete the program in 1 year. Part-time students typically complete the program in 2+ years.
Our STEM-designated accounting program is available to graduate accounting students who are accepted into the accounting analytics specialization and complete four courses that are specific to the STEM designation.
Our curriculum is well-rounded and flexible, preparing you for each facet of the CPA exam.
Pursue a certificate in Forensic Accounting or Taxation to complement your degree in accounting.
American University’s Kogod School of Business offers the best of both worlds—the spectacular beauty of an 84-acre award-winning campus arboretum and an unrivaled location in the heart of an international business capital.
Our stunning campus sits in the northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, just miles from downtown, where some of the world’s most influential government, media, and financial institutions are located, providing you with unparalleled opportunities to make an impact locally, nationally, and globally.
If you have your sights set on a senior-level position, a master's in accounting will help you stand out from the competition. For those seeking the CPA license, the program offers comprehensive preparation for the exam.
All students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate accounting courses, including:
- Tax Planning for Individuals
- Cost Accounting for Strategic Management
- Business Law
- Corporate Financial Reporting
- Contemporary Assurance & Audit Services
- Accounting Theory
You'll have up to 15 credit hours to expand your accounting expertise or to develop specialized expertise in financial reporting and assurance, forensic accounting, and more.
Our flexible curriculum means you can tailor your plan of studies to suit your goals. You'll develop an individualized plan of study with your professional goals in mind.
We understand the value of teaching real-world skills to our students. Accounting students can complement their degree with a certificate in forensic accounting. Our certificate covers fraudulent financial reporting, fraud schemes, investigation techniques, financial statement analysis, valuation techniques, expert testimony, and more.