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 650Seminar in Federal Taxes3 Credits
MACC 652Analysis of Accounting Data3 Credits
MACC 654Issues in Financial Reporting3 Credits
MACC 662Auditing: Practice & Problems3 Credits
MACC 664Issues in Managerial Accounting3 Credits
PMBA 8312Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining3 Credits
MACC 661Professional Research and Communication3 Credits

Business Analytics Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

Note: PMBA 8312 is also a required course.

PMBA 8317Applied Data Management for Business Users3 Credits
PMBA 8357Business Analytics for Managers 3 Credits
PMBA 8312Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining3 Credits
PMBA 8491Business Law3 Credits

Finance Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

PMBA 8343Investment Instruments and Strategies3 Credits
PMBA 8345International Financial Management 3 Credits
PMBA 8349Personal Financial Planning3 Credits

Forensic Accounting Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours):

Note: MACC 662 is also a required course.

MACC 662Auditing: Practice & Problems3 Credits
MACC 663Fraud and Forensic Accounting3 Credits
MACC 665Fraud Detection and Deterrence3 Credits
PMBA 8491Business Law3 Credits

Generalist Concentration Requirements (9 credit hours):

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

 

Program Prerequisites:

  • 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

Prerequisite 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 | Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting

PMBA 8030 | Fundamentals of Economics

PMBA 8040 | Understanding Corporate Finance

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


A PMBA prerequisite 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 prerequisite 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 prerequisite 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 prerequisite waiver policy works.

Option 1: If you’re confident that you know the material covered in the subject area, you can take the one-time, 40-minute assessment test for $25.

  • If you pass with an 80% or better, you will have completed the subject area requirement and will have the corresponding prerequisite course waived.
  • If you do not pass, you must purchase and complete the corresponding course for an additional $75. After reviewing the course material, you will take a post-test which you must pass with an 80% or better to waive the PMBA prerequisite course.

Option 2: If you would prefer to review the course material in greater detail, you can skip the initial assessment and take the corresponding course for $75. The average completion time for each course is about 15-25 hours, and at the end of the course you will have one opportunity to pass the assessment with a grade of 80% or better.

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 prerequisites 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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Choose from 6 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

No GMAT or GRE for eligible students

GMAT and GRE waived for eligible students

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