Using a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to embrace the digital disruption facing today’s business organizations, the Master of Science in accounting and information systems at University of Maryland Global Campus can help you develop synergistic knowledge and cutting-edge technology skill sets in cyber accounting, data analytics, and information systems. Vast growth opportunities exist in accounting information systems security, cyber accounting risk management, fraud and forensic accounting, and information technology auditing, offering you a career that is both stable and flexible. No matter where you are in your career, this program can help you transition into accounting positions with its heavy emphasis on accounting information systems, cyber-accounting risks, data analytics, and cyber forensics in accounting.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Accounting and Information Systems Master's Degree

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 recommended by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Prepare, perform, and analyze financial statements and reports for small and large entities
  • Audit financial statements and information systems using data analytic and visualization software, including ACL, IDEA, and Tableau
  • 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

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Accounting Certifications

Information Systems Certifications

*Requirements for CPA certification vary from state to state. Learn more about professional licensure.

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

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

Accounting Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ACCT 610
  • ACCT 628
  • ACCT 630
  • ACCT 635

Information Systems Security Course

Complete the following course:

  • INFA 610

Integrated Accounting and Information Systems Security Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ACCT 618
  • ACCT 620
  • ACCT 645
  • ACCT 660

Capstone Course

  • ACCT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • ACCT 610 is prerequisite to all graduate accounting courses.
  • ACCT 618 is prerequisite to ACCT 620.
  • ACCT 628 should be completed before ACCT 630.
  • ACCT 618, ACCT 628, and ACCT 630 are prerequisite to ACCT 645.
  • ACCT 618, ACCT 628, ACCT 630, and INFA 610 are prerequisite to ACCT 660.
  • You must complete all program coursework except ACCT 635 or INFA 660 before enrolling in ACCT 670.
  • If you have already earned 3 undergraduate credits in accounting ethics, you may replace ACCT 635 with INFA 660.

Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in accounting, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

If you lack a recent background in accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before ACCT 610.

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

Program Admission Requirements

Before enrolling in any graduate accounting course, you must do one of the following:

  • Complete 15 credits of undergraduate accounting coursework, with a grade of C or better in each course. Upon submission of an official transcript, you may be accepted into the degree program with fewer than the required 15 credits of undergraduate accounting coursework, but you must complete that coursework before enrolling in your first graduate accounting course.
  • Earn a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license as determined by a State Board of Accountancy. Upon submission of documentation and verification of your having earned a CPA license, you may enroll in a 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.