Program Concentrations

No matter which concentration you choose, as a student in the MSA Degree program, you will sharpen your professional skills and acquire new insights while working closely with peers in your cohort. Courses are led by SHU faculty members who are recognized experts in their fields, as well as accomplished guest speakers who provide expert commentary on the latest accounting and financial trends. 

The MSA provides you the choice of two in-demand specializations:

Forensic Accounting
One of the industry’s fastest-growing specialties, forensic accounting is used to investigate legal matters involving complex financial transactions—anything from money laundering and contract disputes to bankruptcies and securities fraud. Forensic accountants often work closely with law enforcement personnel and attorneys and testify in civil lawsuits and criminal trials. This program will examine forensic accounting principles and techniques used to resolve financial disputes, and expose fraud and illegal financial activities.

International Accounting
Designed to address the evolving demands of a global economy and international business environment, this specialization examines international trade laws and regulations. Integral to helping companies establish subsidiaries in other countries and effectively conduct business abroad, international accountants are well-versed on the activities of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and their impact on business transactions around the globe. This specialization will focus on international aspects of accounting, including accounting principles and reporting practices in different countries.

Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) Certification 

Certified Valuation Analyst CertificationThe MSA program includes a course in the forensic accounting concentration that is part of the education program for a Certified Valuation Analyst Certification.  It gives students an introduction in to eventually pursuing a CVA designation.

Business valuation is a process to determine the worth of an entire privately held company or an individual’s partial ownership interest in that company, often in the event of a merger, acquisition, or — on the opposite end of the spectrum — a divorce or partner breakup. Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) is a designation issued to accounting professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in business valuation services.

To get CVA designation, you must first be a CPA.  You must also go through a testing program, so becoming certified lets clients and employers know that you’ve worked hard to achieve expertise in the field — as determined by the standards of practice set forth by National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).