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M.S. in Accounting Online Degree

Master Degree Accounting Online - Accounting Graduate Program Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Course Descriptions

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Get an in-depth view of the courses that provide the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make an impact within your chosen field.


Master of Science in Accounting Degree

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Study applicable, real-world scenarios and convert knowledge into strategy to become an effective leader in your field.

Meet Your Faculty

From the board room to the classroom

Each Franklin program is designed with the ongoing input of industry experts to ensure you gain respected and relevant knowledge that can be applied instantly in the workplace.

Alan Rogers

Alan Rogers - Program Chair

Professor Rogers has 14 years of practical accounting experience coupled with nearly 25 years of teaching at the university level. He has been employed in several sectors, including retail, financial, and public accounting, and held the positions of regional manager and vice president of lending. Alan is a CPA registered in Ohio.
James Pierson

James Pierson - Lead Faculty

Professor Pierson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of corporate and public settings. He previously served as tax director for a steel corporation in West Virginia and an environmental engineering and construction company in Pennsylvania. James holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation and earned his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University.

Charles Saunders

Charles Saunders, Jr. - Lead Faculty

Dr. Saunders specializes in auditing and forensic accounting. He amassed over 25 years of internal audit experience while employed at American Electric Power, where he performed control self-assessment, audit planning, risk assessment, and control reviews. Dr. Saunders is active with the Institute of Internal Auditors and holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University.
Thomas Seiler

Thomas Seiler - Lead Faculty

Dr. Seiler has accumulated more than 20 years of accounting expertise, having been employed by public firms and corporate organizations. Additionally, he has five years of corporate legal experience from his time at an international financial institution. Dr. Seiler has been a Franklin faculty member since 2002.

Program Outcomes

Financial Operations Track

  • Investigate and evaluate specific enterprise-wide planning system issues
  • Investigate and evaluate specific risk assessment and implementation issues
  • Investigate and evaluate audit or data mining issues
  • Research and synthesize specific accounting information to create new knowledge

Taxation Track

  • Research and analyze the tax circumstances of individual taxpayers to identify advanced tax compliance issues and/or identify tax planning opportunities
  • Research and analyze the tax issues and planning opportunities associated with corporations
  • Research and analyze the tax issues and planning opportunities associated with the formation of pass-through tax entities
  • Research and analyze the tax issues and planning opportunities associated with the federal gift and estate taxes on individuals, trusts, and estates
  • Communicate specific accounting research issues and findings in the accounting profession

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