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Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

Graduate School


Accounting (ACFI)


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This program is offered in Durham.

Assistant Professor: May Xiaoyan Bao, Huimin Li


Degree Offered: M.S.

The master of science in accounting offered by the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics develops students' competencies to become innovative problem solvers in public accounting firms as well as small businesses, non-profit organizations, and major corporations. Designed for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting, the graduate program can be completed in one year. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in accounting can still apply but will need additional undergraduate business and accounting courses prior to beginning the graduate program.

The program satisfies the 150-hour course load required by most U.S. state licensing boards including the state of New Hampshire. The Paul College is AACSB accredited. The M.S. in accounting program strives to ensure that students have range and depth in the field, and it emphasizes strong analytical and communication skills as well as fosters awareness of ethical issues. 

Admission Requirements

The primary admission period for the program is the fall. Admission requirements include a personal history that demonstrates high academic achievement, as well as the applicant's potential and desire for graduate study in accounting. Applicants are required to submit copies of prior academic records, current GMAT scores, three references, and a complete Graduate School application. A baccalaureate degree program must be completed prior to beginning the M.S. program. 

Admission to the program is highly selective and limited, so it is in the applicant's best interest to apply early.

Degree Requirements

Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to complete ten courses detailed in the following program outline. All admitted candidates are expected to have completed a series of prerequisite courses. ACFI 850 (Accounting Theory and Research) is the capstone course. If an applicant has not completed all the prerequisite courses, the admissions committee may offer provisional admission and require that the applicant take the prerequisite courses prior to moving into full degree candidacy.

Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   820   Corporate Taxation  
ACFI   844   Topics in Advanced Accounting  
ACFI   895   Government and Non-Profit Accounting  
ADMN   898   Advanced Topics in Tax  
ACFI   840   Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination  

Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   890   Accounting Information Systems  
ACFI   830   Advanced Auditing  
ACFI   860   Advanced Business Law  
ACFI   897   Ethics & Professional Practice  
ACFI   850   Accounting Theory and Research  

For students with non-accounting business degrees:

Prerequisites that must be completed at the undergraduate level are:


Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business must also complete:

In addition, students must choose two of the following three: