Using a collaborative cross-disciplinary approach to address the digital disruption facing today's business organizations, the Master of Science in cyberaccounting at University of Maryland Global Campus can help you develop synergistic knowledge and cutting-edge technology skill sets in cyberaccounting, data analytics, and information systems.
Vast growth opportunities exist in accounting information systems security, cyberaccounting 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, cyberaccounting 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 CyberAccounting 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 cyberaccounting 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
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)*
- Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)
Information Systems Certifications
- Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA)
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
- Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
*Requirements for CPA certification vary from state to state. Learn more about professional licensure.
CyberAccounting 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.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- 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
- 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).
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.
- 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.
Recommended Course Sequence
This is our recommended course sequence to progress through this program. This sequence incorporates course prerequisites and program requirements but does not list course alternatives that may be available. We recommend you take a maximum of 6 credits per term. You cannot take a prerequisite with its subsequent course during the same session. Your plan will be unique and dependent on multiple factors, including the number of credits you transfer to this program.
Contact an advisor if you any questions about this plan, course alternatives, or your course load limit.
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.