A master’s degree in accounting information systems is the cross-section between finance and information technology. On the finance side, students will learn financial accounting, principles of management accounting, macroeconomics, microeconomics, business law, marketing, and business policy. In addition, students will need strong mathematics skills since topics such as calculus and matrices will be important for the completion of the degree. When it comes to information systems, students will gain a background in computer programming, database principles, database management, information systems auditing, and several markup languages necessary for transmitting information in the age of the internet and the web. The program will also prepare students to work toward their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure.
An accountant with a strong financial education and a background in IT will be prepared to lead many promising companies into the future. Graduates of the program can look forward to careers in accounting information systems, controllership, accountancy, and taxation. There are opportunities both in the public sector and private sector, as financial stewardship is important everywhere. The emphasis on information technology also means that opportunities will grow in number as the number of professions that rely on technology to run their businesses also grows. Accountants can also choose to become auditors or to open up a private practice that focuses on financial planning or tax services.
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