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  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accountancy, MAcc


The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate study in accounting. The MAcc is intended to prepare professional accountants to fill high-level positions in accounting firms and business enterprises. The length of the program is approximately one year of full-time study for the typical BBA graduate with a major in accounting.

Individuals with undergraduate degrees in areas other than accounting should consult with the Director of Master’s Programs to determine specific course requirements for their programs. Those who have not yet received an undergraduate degree should inquire about the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA), an integrated curriculum of undergraduate and graduate coursework designed to prepare students to qualify for professional certifications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate solutions to complex accounting situations to diverse audiences effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • interpret and apply accounting theory and practice for complex organizations;
  • demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills supported by information technology and research tools to solve complex accounting and business problems;
  • recognize ethical and governance issues and resolve these in a socially responsible manner;
  • solve accounting problems in diverse and changing environments.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must comply with University procedures and meet University standards for admission. Applicants must submit to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies a Graduate Admission Application. Also required are two letters of recommendation from persons able to evaluate the applicant’s professional or academic performance, a resume or curriculum vitae, and other information that may have impacted the applicant’s decision to pursue graduate study or deemed important to individual or career goals. Applicants are required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores prior to admission. Generally, GMAT and GRE scores will not be accepted if over five years old. The GMAT or GRE is not required of those who earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university.

Admission decisions are made on the basis of undergraduate performance, GMAT or GRE scores, experience, and other indicators of the ability to pursue graduate study successfully. To be accepted in the graduate program, in addition to other requirements, applicants must be in good standing at the college or university they previously attended. Official notification of the admission decision is issued by the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and is sent directly to the applicant. The College of Business does not have “conditional” or “non-degree seeking” graduate admission classifications. Normally, no credit will be applied toward a master’s degree for graduate classes taken prior to acceptance into a graduate degree program in business.

Deadlines

To ensure timely evaluation of applications the College of Business has established the following deadlines by which all materials must be received by the Director of Master’s Programs:

  U. S. Applicants International Applicants

Fall semester

July 15 May 1

Spring semester

November 15 September 1

First summer session

April 15 February 1

Second summer session

May 15 February 1

Master of Accountancy Degree Requirements


Mathematics and Computer Proficiency Requirements

All MAcc students must meet the mathematics and computer proficiency requirements or take additional approved courses to satisfy these requirements.

Mathematics Preparation Requirement. Entering students must present satisfactory credits for at least six semester hours of college-level mathematics excluding remedial mathematics and first-level statistics courses. This requirement will be satisfied with college algebra and an introductory calculus course.

Computer Proficiency Requirement. Entering students must have completed MISY 2305, or the equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better.

Students with Nonaccounting Majors or Nonbusiness Degrees

Prior to taking advanced courses, individuals with a business degree without an accounting major will be required to complete the undergraduate accounting foundation courses. Individuals with a nonbusiness degree will be required to take the business core series in addition to the following accounting foundation courses.

 

 

The 150-Hour Requirement for CPA Examination

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) has set the minimum educational requirements for taking the CPA examination at 150 hours. At least three hours of ethics is required. The course must be among those on the TSPBA approved list available on its website. Students aspiring to an accounting career should give serious consideration to pursuing the Master of Accountancy degree to enhance their potential for a successful career.

Accounting students should be aware that requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Texas may change at any time. CPA requirements are determined by the TSBPA. Students should visit the TSBPA website at http://www.tsbpa.state.tx.us frequently and check with their advisor on a regular basis to ensure that the courses they are taking will qualify them to sit for the CPA exam.

The Director of Master’s Programs or the Department Chair in Accounting should be consulted for specific requirements.

 

 

 

Accounting Foundation Courses:


In addition to ACCT 2301 and 2302, the following accounting foundation courses are required:

  • ACCT 3311 Intermediate Accounting I 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3312 Intermediate Accounting II 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3314 Cost Accounting 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3321 Federal Income Tax I 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3355 Accounting Information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 4311 Auditing Principles and Procedures 3 sem. hrs.
  • BLAW 3310 Legal Environment of Business 3 sem. hrs.

These courses can be found in the “Course Descriptions” section of the undergraduate catalog located here: catalog.tamucc.acalog.com/content.php.

Core Courses:


The following courses form the core knowledge in business for students with nonbusiness undergraduate degrees. Core courses cannot be taken for advanced course credit. Students must be admitted into the MAcc program before enrolling in graduate-level core courses.

Master of Accountancy Advanced Courses:


Thirty credits of advanced graduate courses, including at least 24 hours of accounting courses above the 5315 level, will be required of all students.

Total Hours: 9


2. Advanced Accounting Requirements (9 semester hours from the following):


Total Hours: 9


3. Graduate Accounting Electives (6 semester hours)


4. Graduate Accounting or Business Electives (6 semester hours)


Total Advanced Hours: 30


Note:


Students must comply with the college academic policies and requirements discussed earlier.

Professional Program in Accounting


Program Description


The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is designed to prepare students for successful careers in public accounting, industry, government and other areas of the accounting profession. Admission can occur as early as the first semester of the junior year and as late as the second semester of the senior year. The curriculum emphasizes the development of ethical judgment, business decision-making skills, and teamwork, and encourages students to intern with a business appropriate to their career path.

A variety of different career paths are available to accountants. Accounting professionals work in public accounting in audit, consulting, tax and financial planning, providing services to a wide range of organizations. Accountants also enjoy financial reporting, tax, and managerial accounting careers with companies in all industries, in all levels of government, and in educational institutions as professionals and as educators. As businesses, governments, and individuals generate and utilize information at accelerating rates in an increasingly global environment, public trust in the value of the information and the financial reporting of firms depends on the highest integrity, dedication, and expertise of the accountants in each of these career paths.

Admission Requirements


Students must apply at least one semester prior to the desired entrance date and be admitted to the PPA program. Admission to the PPA program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average at the time of application. Acceptable Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be on file before PPA students can enroll in graduate courses. Other relevant examples of academic ability and leadership may be considered in evaluating applicants.

Degree Requirements


The BBA degree will be awarded upon completion of the BBA requirements. PPA students will apply for and enter the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program and receive the Master of Accountancy degree upon successful completion of the requirements for such degree.

Required Business Core


The PPA program follows the curriculum requirements for the university core and the business core for undergraduates. All PPA students must complete at least 45 hours of junior- or senior-level courses and satisfy all other AACSB accreditation requirements as specified in the Undergraduate Catalog. Coursework in the student’s concentration must be approved in advance by the student’s advisor. Undergraduate PPA students are required to enroll in ACCT 0041, Professional Development Level One, each semester. The course is Web-based and non-credit.

Graduate Coursework


PPA students are required to take 30 semester hours of graduate coursework, including at least 24 hours in accounting. Graduate courses are integrated into the PPA curriculum beginning in the second semester of the fourth year. Graduate PPA students are required to enroll in ACCT 0051, Professional Development Level Two, each semester. The course is Web-based and non-credit.

Accounting Major (Professional Program)


Junior – Semester I


  • ACCT 3311 - Intermediate Accounting I 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3314 - Cost Accounting 3 sem. hrs.
  • MGMT 3315 - Communicating in Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • ORMS 3310 - Data Analysis and Statistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • MKTG 3310 - Principles of Marketing 3 sem. hrs.
  • MISY 3310 - Management Information Systems Concepts 3 sem. hrs.

These courses can be found in the “Course Descriptions” section of the undergraduate catalog located here: catalog.tamucc.acalog.com/content.php.

Total: 18


Junior – Semester II


  • ACCT 3312 - Intermediate Accounting II 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 3321 - Federal Income Tax I 3 sem. hrs.
  • BLAW 3310 - Legal Environment of Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • FINA 3310 - Financial Management I 3 sem. hrs.
  • MGMT 3312 - Behavior in Organizations 3 sem. hrs.

These courses can be found in the “Course Descriptions” section of the undergraduate catalog located here: catalog.tamucc.acalog.com/content.php.

Total: 15


Senior – Semester I


  • ACCT 3355 - Accounting Information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • *PHIL 3340 - Foundations of Professional Ethics 3 sem. hrs.
  • OPSY 4314 - Operations Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • **BUSI 4310 - International Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • Undergraduate Accounting Elective 3 sem. hrs.

These courses can be found in the “Course Descriptions” section of the undergraduate catalog located here: catalog.tamucc.acalog.com/content.php.

Total: 15


Senior - Semester II


 
The undergraduate courses can be found in the “Course Descriptions” section of the undergraduate catalog located here: catalog.tamucc.acalog.com/content.php.

  • ACCT 5371 - Tax Consulting, Planning and Research 3 sem. hrs.
  • ACCT 4311 - Auditing Principles and Procedures 3 sem. hrs.
  • MGMT 4388 - Administrative Policy and Strategy 3 sem. hrs.
  • Undergraduate Accounting Elective 3 sem. hrs.
  • Graduate Accounting or Business Elective 3 sem. hrs.

Total: 15


Summer


Total: 6


Graduate – Semester I


 Three of the following four advanced graduate accounting courses:

Total: 9


Graduate – Semester II


Total: 9


Note:


* University core.
** May substitute any undergraduate international business course.
*** Must be taken at the end of the program.

Students must comply with the college academic policies and requirements discussed earlier.

For Additional Information


Website:

http://www.cob.tamucc.edu

Campus address:

O’Connor Building, Room 239; Phone: (361) 825-2655

Mailing address:

Director of Master’s Programs, College of Business
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Dr. Unit 5808
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5808