Combine skills in accounting and information systems by earning a master's degree that blends content in cyber accounting, accounting data analytics, and information assurance.

Secure your future with the stability and flexibility of an accounting career and seize the vast growth opportunities in information systems security, cyber accounting risk management, and information technology auditing. Suited to students at any career stage, this program can help you transition into accounting positions with its heavy emphasis on accounting information systems, mitigating cyber accounting risks, and cyber forensics in accounting.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Accounting and Information Systems Master's Degree

The accounting and information systems curriculum can help you develop practical skills in high-demand fields to make you an indispensable member of cyber accounting and information assurance teams. The curriculum makes extensive use of case studies involving real business issues, so what you learn is immediately applicable in your career.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design and build an accounting information system
  • Manage the financial aspects of an accounting information system
  • Apply the principles of information systems management and integration to private-sector organizations served by accounting professionals
  • Apply administrative and technical security controls to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber attacks on accounting data
  • Apply cyber accounting risk management techniques using the AICPA Cybersecurity Risk Management Reporting Framework
  • Integrate tools, techniques, and technologies used in cyber forensic investigations, data analytics, and litigation involving accounting information
  • Conduct a fraud investigation using tools and techniques typically recommended by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Perform financial analysis and modeling
  • Audit financial statements and information systems using practitioner software, such as IDEA, Tableau, and ACL
  • Create and analyze corporate financial statements using data analytics
  • Apply information assurance techniques such as testing, validation, verification, and certification within given information security evaluation contexts

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Compare accounting systems for effectiveness and efficiency
  • Design a cyber accounting information system that meets needs within a budget
  • Assess the effectiveness of AIS to detect fraud using ACL, IDEA, and Tableau
  • Integrate tools and techniques using ACL, IDEA, and Tableau
  • Develop cyber accounting initiatives
  • Apply cyber accounting risk management in an accounting environment
  • Conduct an information risk assessment report
  • Use a formalized risk assessment methodology via the case study method
  • Perform data analytics using Tableau, Power B1, or other industry-standard software for data analytics

Accounting and Information Systems Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ACCT 610
  • ACCT 628
  • ACCT 630
  • ACCT 635
  • INFA 610
  • ACCT 618
  • ACCT 620
  • ACCT 645
  • ACCT 660

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • If you have already earned 3 undergraduate credits in accounting ethics, you may replace ACCT 635 with INFA 660.
  • ACCT 610 is the prerequisite to all graduate accounting courses.
  • ACCT 610 and ACCT 618 are prerequisites to ACCT 620.
  • ACCT 610, ACCT 618, ACCT 628, and ACCT 630 are prerequisites to ACCT 645.
  • ACCT 610, ACCT 618, ACCT 628, ACCT 630 and INFA 610 are prerequisites to ACCT 660.
  • ACCT 628 should be completed before ACCT 630.

Capstone Course

  • ACCT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

You must complete all program coursework except ACCT 635 or INFA 660 before enrolling in ACCT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for an organizational leadership position in accounting with specialized competencies in information systems, cyber accounting, information security and assurance, and cyber accounting risk management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

In this program, you are expected to have some familiarity with Microsoft Excel. We highly recommend UCSP 620 if you have not recently taken intermediate accounting or need to refresh your understanding of introductory accounting.

We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

You must have completed 15 credits of undergraduate accounting courses with a grade of C or better in each course, before enrolling in any graduate accounting course. Upon submission of an official transcript, you can be accepted into the degree program with fewer than the required 15 credits of undergraduate accounting courses, but you must complete that coursework before enrolling in your first graduate accounting course.

State-Specific Details

This program is designed to help prepare students to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam and/or obtain initial licensure as a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland. To sit for the CPA Exam in Maryland, a candidate is required to have successfully completed 120 credits toward an accounting degree. Many other states, however, require candidates to successfully complete 150 credits prior to sitting for the CPA Exam.

To obtain initial licensure as a CPA in Maryland and most other states, a candidate is required to have successfully completed 150 credits. Maryland has additional requirements to obtain initial licensure as a CPA, not all of which can be fulfilled through education. Learn more about Maryland's requirements for initial licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in their state.

Learn more about professional licensure and how to contact your state's licensing board.

Additional Information

Fast-Track Your Degree

Bachelor of Science in Accounting to Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems

If you graduated from UMGC with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, you could be eligible to fast-track a Master of Science in accounting and information systems by up to 6 credits and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

The Graduate School will accept up to two of the following course substitutions toward the completion of this master's degree program, for a maximum of 6 credits:

  • ACCT 438 and ACCT 440 in lieu of ACCT 630
  • ACCT 422 and ACCT 436 in lieu of ACCT 628

To be eligible, you must have completed these courses at UMGC no more than two years before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Transfer credits are not accepted. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all students.