Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for anagement control, evaluation of business enterprises, governmental units, and not-for-profit institutions. Accounting provides the measures of economic activity for our society and for our individual lives. It is the language used to communicate financial information and measure business risk.
An effective accountant must understand tax laws, securities regulations and accounting and auditing standards. Additionally, an effective accountant must understand how to motivate employees, design efficient systems to achieve shareholders' goals, prevent manipulation of such plans, and how to communicate those plans to the firm and to outsiders. Futhermore, an accounting professional must be able to explain confusing data to those with less familiarity with financial complexities and determine the level of risk in business processes.
Graduate professional education is not just training, skill development, or preparation to pass a licensing exam. It is far more than all of these combined. While focusing on the integration of technical expertise and ethical judgment, a graduate education in accounting must develop the student's analytical skills, which will be tested by difficult and often unanticipated economic arrangements. This education must also develop the written and oral skills proficient communication demands.
The MPAcc program provides students with a high quality education which prepares them for careers in corporate accounting, public accounting and for entrance into doctoral programs in business and accounting. MPAcc students not only gain technical accounting proficiency, they also prepare to enter the fast-paced business world. Ethics and technology as well as oral and written skills are incorporated into every aspect of the curriculum.
Completetion of the MPAcc program satisfies the requirements needed to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the state of Georgia. Combined with an undergradue degree, the MPAcc also satisfies the educational requirements of 150 total semester hours and 30 hours of upper-level courses needed to obtain certification. Courses completed during the program give students the confidence and technical knowledge needed to successfully complete the outside work experience requirements.
Method of Delivery
- Required courses are 100% face-to-face.
- Three of the four electives are offered online.
Credit & Transfer
- Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30
- Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Program-specific Admittance Guidelines
- Official Transcript
- GMAT Score: 450 or above
- Current Resume
LG1 Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing.<ul> <li>LO1.1 Students will be able to conduct research relevant to accounting issues and problems.</li> <li> LO1.2 Students will be able to create effective written documents.</li> <li> LO1.3 Students will be able to prepare and deliver effective oral accounting presentations.</li>
LG2 Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment.<ul> <li> LO2.1 Students will be able to identify the impact of international accounting standards on the accounting profession.</li>
LG3 Recognize the importance of ethical decision making.<ul> <li> LO3.1 Students will be able to identify ethical theories and concepts and their importance.</li> <li> LO3.2 Students will be able to evaluate situations from various ethical frameworks.</li>
LG4 Understand the major forms of accounting and be able to apply these principles and practices in a professional responsible manner to accounting and business processes and systems.<ul> <li> LO4.1 Students will be able to identify tax planning issues involving like-kind exchanges.</li> <li> LO4.2 Students will be able to differentiate between for-profit, non-profit, and governmental accounting and auditing rules and regulations.</li> <li> LO4.3 Students will have an understanding of strategic management accounting tools.</li> <li> LO4.4 Students will be able to recognize fraudulent financial reporting.</li> <li> LO4.5 Students will be able to develop entity relationship diagrams and understand modeling of business processess.</li> <li> LO4.6 Students will be able to identify standard setting policies and procedures and develop implications for the accounting profession.</li>
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