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Program Director

Raymond J. Shaffer

Program Description

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is designed to promote advanced professional competencies and to enhance opportunities for career success. Heavy emphasis is placed on the application of theory to actual practice so that graduates will immediately be able to add value to business organizations. Graduates will meet Ohio and Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination. In addition, the program will prepare graduates to sit for other professional exams such as the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam.

The 30-hour MAcc program can be completed in two semesters of full-time study, or may be completed on a part-time basis. Included in the 30 required hours are 19 are in accounting and finance, 8 in business and professional skills, and 3 hours of an approved accounting or finance elective.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the program must have a minimum overall/accounting GPA of 3.0 and have completed the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C" or better: Intermediate Accounting I & II, Federal Taxation, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems (AIS), and Auditing.  Advanced Accounting is recommended.

Huaiyu (Peter) Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Marsha M. Huber, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Karin A. Petruska, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Financial accounting and reporting; international accounting; earnings quality and disclosure; analyst following; forensic accounting

Jeremy T. Schwartz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Practice-based case studies; public pensions

Raymond J. Shaffer, D.B.A., Assistant Professor
Tax compliance and theory; government and nonprofit accounting issues

David E. Stout, Ph.D., Professor
Accounting curriculum development; practice-based case studies; cross-disciplinary studies

Fran Marie Wolf, Ph.D., Professor
Financial management; advanced financial analysis

Peter Woodlock, Ph.D., Professor

Accounting Courses
ACCT 5814Federal Taxation 23
ACCT 5820Government and Funds Accounting3
ACCT 6930Financial Accounting Regulation3
ACCT 6945Accounting Ethics and Professionalism2
BUS 6940Data Analytics and Data Management3
Capstone Course4
MBA Courses
FIN 6902Financial Accounting and Finance for Decision Making1
FIN 6923Corporate Financial Management2
FIN 6953Advanced Financial Analysis3
MGT 6945Business Process Integration2
MBA 6931Effective Business Communication1
Graduate Elective3
Business Internship
Estate Planning
Fraud Examination
Business Valuation
Total Semester Hours30

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire advanced knowledge of accounting and finance, which prepares graduates to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam and/or CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam.
  2. Demonstrate broad management competencies (e.g., leadership, business processes, and marketing of professional services).
  3. Recognize and address ethical and social responsibility issues to be considered in a business context.
  4. Communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively in both oral and written formats.
  5. Identify and use accounting and tax resources to support decision making.