Using a collaborative cross-disciplinary approach to address the digital disruption facing today's business organizations, the Master of Science in cyber accounting 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 path that is both stable and flexible. No matter what stage you're at in your career, this program—with its heavy emphasis on accounting information systems, cyber accounting risks, data analytics, and cyber forensics in accounting—can help you transition into accounting positions.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Cyber Accounting Master’s Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design 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
  • Propose 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
  • Perform financial analysis and modeling
  • Audit financial statements and information systems using practitioner software and data analytics tools
  • Express one's opinion on corporate financial statements using data analytics
  • Apply information assurance techniques such as testing, validation, verification, and certification within given information security evaluation contexts
  • Analyze information security and cyber risks
  • Synthesize business intelligence, data management and analytics
  • Evaluate processes of IT governance, risks, and controls

Cyber Accounting 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)

Accounting Courses

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

Information Systems Security Course

  • INFA 610

Integrated Accounting and Information Systems Security 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 ACCT 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 The Law, Regulation, and Ethics of Information Assurance (3).

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.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You are expected to have familiarity with Microsoft Excel.

If you do not have a recent background in accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before ACCT 610. We recommend you take UCSP 605 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.