Online Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Do more than impact numbers. Impact people.

You can be a driving force of our economy. Comprehensive knowledge of money management is the lifeblood for businesses of all sizes. When you learn the discipline of numbers, you learn how to effectively communicate the story behind them — the story that influences key business decisions.

Rider’s online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials. Learn the latest industry practices and regulatory developments as you prepare for leadership opportunities in your field.

Rider University Online Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum is designed to prepare you with real-world skills that translate to industry expertise. Develop your quantitative analysis, technical knowledge and data management skills.

Our online courses are taught by on-campus faculty holding doctoral degrees. These professors are scholars in their fields and remain engaged in the industry.

Required Courses (21 Credit Hours):

MACC 650 Seminar in Federal Taxes 3 Credits
MACC 652 Analysis of Accounting Data 3 Credits
MACC 654 Issues in Financial Reporting 3 Credits
MACC 662 Auditing: Practice & Problems 3 Credits
MACC 664 Issues in Managerial Accounting 3 Credits
PMBA 8312 Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining 3 Credits
MACC 661 Professional Research and Communication 3 Credits

Business Analytics Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

Three required courses:

  • PMBA 8317 – Applied Data Management for Business Users
  • PMBA 8357 – Business Analytics for Managers
  • PMBA 8312 – Business Intelligence Tech.- Data Mining*

*Since PMBA 8312 also serves as a required class in the MAcc core, students earning this concentration will need to select a different elective from the list below to fulfill their third elective.

PMBA 8317 Applied Data Management for Business Users 3 Credits
PMBA 8357 Business Analytics for Managers 3 Credits
PMBA 8312 Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining 3 Credits
PMBA 8491 Business Law 3 Credits
MACC 658 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3 Credits
MACC 667 Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory 3 Credits
MACC 668 Enterprise Risk Management 3 Credits
MACC 663 Fraud and Forensic Accounting 3 Credits

Finance Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

Pick three of the following:

PMBA 8343 Investment Instruments and Strategies 3 Credits
PMBA 8345 International Financial Management 3 Credits
PMBA 8349 Personal Financial Planning 3 Credits
PMBA 8346 Financial Modeling 3 Credits
PMBA 8240 Applied Corporate Finance 3 Credits

Forensic Accounting Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

Three required courses: 

  • MACC 663 – Fraud and Forensic Accounting
  • MACC 665 – Fraud Detection and Deterrence
  • MACC 662 – Auditing: Practice and Problems*

*Since MACC 662 also serves as a required course in the MAcc core, students earning this concentration will need to select a different elective from the list below to fulfill their third elective.
Students who select MACC 667 as their third elective will also earn a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

MACC 662 Auditing: Practice & Problems 3 Credits
MACC 663 Fraud and Forensic Accounting 3 Credits
MACC 665 Fraud Detection and Deterrence 3 Credits
PMBA 8491 Business Law 3 Credits
MACC 667 Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory 3 Credits
MACC 658 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3 Credits
MACC 668 Enterprise Risk Management 3 Credits

Generalist Concentration Requirements (9 credit hours):

Choose any three courses from the Business Analytics, Finance or Forensic Accounting concentration offerings.

 

Foundation Courses:

  • Acct Theory & Concepts I
  • Acct Theory & Concepts II
  • Acct Problems & Practice
  • Cost Management
  • Fundamentals of Federal Taxation
  • Principles of Auditing
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Economic Analysis
  • Basic Financial Principles

Foundation Course Waiver Policy

To ensure that you’re ready for the level of coursework that we offer through our online MAcc program, we’ve introduced a new waiver policy. The goal of this policy is to review your educational background and understand which courses you’ve already taken so we can focus on the ones you haven’t.

Equivalent Courses:

PMBA 8020 | Accounting

PMBA 8030 | Economics

PMBA 8040 | Finance

Note: After being admitted to the online MAcc program you will be provided with a checklist showing which foundation courses have been waived, which are eligible for the short course and which you must complete online with Rider University.


A PMBA foundation class is waived based on previous undergraduate coursework if you took the equivalent course:

  • Less than six years ago and received a grade of B or above.
  • More than six years ago and received a grade of B or above and utilized the knowledge in your professional position on a regular basis, as determined by the associate dean for graduate programs.


A PMBA foundation class is waived upon the proficiency assessment or successful completion of a review short course if you took the equivalent course:

  • Less than six years ago and received a grade of B- or C+.
  • More than six years ago and received a grade of B or better.
  • More than six years ago and received a grade of B- or C+ and utilize that specific knowledge in your professional position on a regular basis, as determined by the associate dean for graduate programs.


A PMBA foundation class must be taken if you:

  • Have never taken the undergraduate equivalent class.
  • Received below a C+ in the class, regardless of when it was taken.

How the foundation course waiver policy works.

After you set up your Rider email address, you will receive an invitation at your Rider email to join the Canvas Graduate Business Proficiency Exam site. You will use the Canvas Graduate Business Proficiency Exams site to complete your proficiency exams. The proficiency exams through Peregrine are $49 each and include a pretest, course review materials and a post test.

If you pass the pretest with an 80% or better, you are waived from the equivalent PMBA foundation class.

If you do not pass, you need to review the course materials and take the post test. The average completion time for each course is about 4-6 hours. If you pass the post test with an 80% or better, you waive the PMBA foundation class.

You have one year from your start in the program to complete the proficiency exams. After that year, you will be required to take the foundation course at Rider.

Considering a Career Change to the Accounting Field?

Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online MAcc program. Your enrollment advisor will help set you up for success by pacing your foundation courses and staggering them throughout your time of study. Make a smooth transition into the program — and your new career path.

Benefits of Your Online MAcc Degree

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership. We connect you with rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study through a flexible online platform.

Prepare to thrive professionally and become a lifelong independent learner. Our people, programs and opportunities focus on preparing you for a successful career and rewarding life where you can truly make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.

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No GMAT or GRE for eligible students

No GMAT required

The Value of Your Online Master of Accountancy

When you graduate with your Master of Accountancy degree from Rider University, you gain the chance to prove your value as a leader. MAcc graduates can also earn a 41% higher average annual salary than their undergraduate counterparts*.

Your career as an accounting professional is the sum of your education and your experience. Now you can choose an online MAcc program that can elevate both. Leverage your strengths in accounting to advance your skills and knowledge.

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook