2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    
    Oct 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog

Professional Accounting, MS (Distance Learning)


Contact

Kofi Appiah Okyere, Director of Graduate Accounting Programs, 619 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-3587, kaokyere@syr.edu

Program Description

Accounting@Syracuse is a distance learning version of the M.S. degree in professional accounting program. This unique program allows students to complete the M.S. degree and the 150 hour CPA requirement while working in accounting or related fields.

Accreditation

The Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920.

The M.S. in Professional Accounting degree meets the educational requirements for CPA licensure in New York State and most other 150 hour states.

Admission

Applicants will be considered for the program based on their GMAT score, previous academic experience, work experience, professional references, and personal statements.The GMAT is not required for this program for students with at least 5 years (post undergraduate degree) professional work experience

Participants in the 30-credit program must have a qualified undergraduate degree in accounting. Students who have little or no academic experience in accounting will work with an academic advisor after being admitted to the program in order to identify the appropriate coursework needed to successfully complete the online MSA degree. It is common for an additional 2-6 courses to be required to build this foundation of accounting knowledge. The program can typically be completed in 24 months or less. Students with an undergraduate degree in business will often take fewer additional courses than a student without a business foundation.

Financial Support

Students may apply for several loan programs to cover the cost of attendance. (Federal Direct Loan, ProgramFederal PLUS Loans, Alternative Loan Programs) Part-time students must be enrolled for at least six credits (half-time status) to be considered for loan programs.

Degree Requirements

This is a 30 credit program leading to a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree. The rigorous Whitman Accounting@Syracuse program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting.

Total of 30 credits taken in following areas:

  • ACC 677 - International Reporting and Analysis 3 credit(s)
  • ACC 725 - Financial Statement Analysis 3 credit(s)
  • ACC 747 - Advanced Auditing 3 credit(s)
  • ACC 757 - Taxes & Business Strategy 3 credit(s)
  • Accounting Elective (3 credits)
  • Management Selectives (6 credits)
  • Three Electives (9 credits)

Transfer Credits

Students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits of elective coursework. The credits must be graduate level taken from an AACSB accredited business school. A grade of “B” or higher is needed to transfer in the credits. The grade itself does not transfer.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes


1.Have an advanced understanding of the major functional areas of accounting.
2.Be effective, persuasive communicators.
3.Demonstrate skills in accounting research, critical thinking and problem solving, supported by appropriate analytical and quantitative techniques.
4.Demonstrate the ability to think strategically about the relationship between business decisions and accounting policy implications.

Degree Requirements


Accounting Elective (3 credits)


6 credits of business electives chosen from select courses

Three Electives (9 credits)


Transfer Credits


Students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits of elective coursework. The credits must be graduate level taken from an AACSB accredited business school. A grade of “B” or higher is needed to transfer in the credits. The grade itself does not transfer.

Satisfactory Progress


Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.