2010 - 2011 Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Requirements | MBA Course Descriptions | Baccalaureate Accounting Course Descriptions

Dean: John Groesbeck
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Programs Assistant: Diana Dani
Faculty: Gaylen Bunker, Rich Collins, Gregory Gagne, John Groesbeck, Jennifer Harrison, Richard Henage, Dara Hoffa, Lauren Lo Re, Richard Parsons, Rob Patterson, Alan Rogers, Don Saxon, Michael Sutton, Jerry Van Os

The Master of Accountancy is designed to meet the needs of students interested in a professional career in accounting. This program is unique in the sense that it recognizes the highly integrated relationship between the disciplines of accounting and information systems which has evolved in the recent past. Students completing this program will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam and positioned to accept high-level leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.

Program Goals

The modern profession of accounting requires professionals to assure and preserve the integrity of business processes which have become increasingly dependent on information systems. In order to effectively work in the modern accounting environment, it is critical that professionals understand the design, implementation and use of these information systems. The Master of Accountancy acknowledges this reality explicitly and insures that students are always among the best prepared professionals.

Upon completion of the Master of Accountancy, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence and skills in financial accounting, accounting information systems, federal income taxes, managerial and cost accounting, auditing, and related business areas.
  • Articulate the global implications of divergent financial statements and accounting information systems.
  • Critically analyze financial reports, system methodologies, and the application of standards, rules, laws and principles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate relevant financial information in written, formatted, and oral disclosures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively through collaboration, integration, and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate the highest degree of ethical awareness and integrity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and analyze secure information systems that provide effective management information to the organization.

Program Requirements

The program requires 30 credits for those students who have completed a bachelor's degree in Accounting, which typically includes a course in Accounting Information Systems. It is expected that these students will complete the program in one calendar year. Students with other academic preparation are also encouraged to apply, and complete additional credits of prerequisite course work. Admitted students will be officially informed which, if any, prerequisite classes are required at the time of admission. Admission to the program is possible during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The typical expected credit load per semester is 12 credits in Fall, 12 credits in Spring, and 6 credits in the Summer.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses
(for students without a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting)*
20
  ACCT 213 Accounting Principles
ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 360 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 454 Auditing
ACCT 467 Accounting Information Systems
4
4
4
4
4
II. Required Courses 25
  MBA 542E Special Topics in Financial Accounting
MBA 543E Special Topics in Managerial & Cost Accounting
MBA 544E Business Combinations
MBA 545E Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 667E Management Information Systems
MBA 666E Special Topics in Accounting and Taxation
(two required--1 credit each)
MBA 694E Business Systems Analysis and Design
MBA 695E Information Systems Planning and Policy
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
1, 1

3
3
III. Elective Courses 5
  Choose one of:
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation (3)
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy (3)
MBA 643E Corporate Income Taxation (3)

Choose one of:
Any MBA course not required for degree completion above or CIS Graduate Elective (2)
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MACC 30-50

*Students entering with a bachelor's degree in Accounting from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution will not be required to take prerequisites. Students without a bachelors degree so specified will be notified which prerequisite classes will be required based upon a review of transcripts by the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. For an initial assessment please contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator of the School. Prerequisite courses are charged at the normal undergraduate rate.