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Online Master’s Degree

Accounting &
Financial Management

Accounting & Financial Management
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • Location restrictions apply
  • $514 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Prepare to rise to an executive level of responsibility and earning power.

The online master’s degree program in accounting and financial management at University of Maryland Global Campus focuses on executive-level procedures and decision-making skills that can help you move toward a leadership position. Ideal for mid-career professionals, this program will prepare you to make decisions that will impact your organization’s current operations and financial future.

Total Credits Required: 36

Initial Requirement

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

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

Accounting Courses
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 610)
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 613)
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 628)

Take two of the following for a total of 6 credits:

  • (3 Credits, ACCT 625)
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 630)
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 635)
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 640)
Financial Management Courses
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 640)
  • (3 Credits, FIN 610)
  • (3 Credits, FIN 620)
  • (3 Credits, FIN 630)
  • (3 Credits, FIN 645)
  • (3 Credits, FIN 660)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, MSAF 670)

  • (3 Credits, ACCT 610) is prerequisite to all graduate accounting courses.
  • (3 Credits, ACCT 628) should be taken before (3 Credits, ACCT 630) .
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 640) is prerequisite to (3 Credits, FIN 610).
  • (3 Credits, FIN 610) is prerequisite to all other FIN courses.
  • (3 Credits, FIN 620) and (3 Credits, FIN 630) are prerequisite to (3 Credits, FIN 645).
  • (3 Credits, FIN 630) is prerequisite to (3 Credits, FIN 645).
  • (3 Credits, FIN 645) is the only course that can be taken simultaneously with (3 Credits, MSAF 670).

General Master's Degree 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 the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Sequence Course
(0 Credits, UCSP 615)
(3 Credits, ACCT 610)
Prerequisite: 15 credits of undergraduate accounting coursework
(3 Credits, MGMT 640)
(3 Credits, ACCT 613)
(3 Credits, FIN 610)
(3 Credits, ACCT 628)
(3 Credits, FIN 620)
8 Choose one of these courses:

(3 Credits, ACCT 625)

(3 Credits, ACCT 630)

(3 Credits, ACCT 635)

(3 Credits, ACCT 640)
(3 Credits, FIN 630)
10 Choose one of these courses:

(3 Credits, ACCT 625)

(3 Credits, ACCT 630)

(3 Credits, ACCT 635)

(3 Credits, ACCT 640)
(3 Credits, FIN 660)
(3 Credits, FIN 645)
(3 Credits, MSAF 670)

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.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help you prepare for an organizational leadership position in accounting or financial management.

Jiannela Z., Rutherford, NJ

Accountants & Auditors
There are more than 1.4 million accounting & auditing professionals in the United States.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Occupational Outlook Handbook: Accountants and Auditors" | 2020

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Additional Program Information

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.

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.
  • You are expected to have familiarity with Microsoft Excel.
  • If you have not recently graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting, finance, or financial management, we highly recommend that you take the noncredit course
    (0 Credits, UCSP 620) before
    (3 Credits, ACCT 610) and
    (3 Credits, MGMT 640).
  • We recommend taking
    (0 Credits, UCSP 605) to help improve your writing skills.
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I picked UMGC because of the flexibility that it allowed me as a mother, as a career person, and a mobile military spouse. UMGC allowed me to continue my education everywhere.

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