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Accounting: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is designed to prepare students for careers in professional accounting and consulting with advanced training in financial, managerial and/or tax accounting. Two tracks of study are available to students: Audit and Tax.  The program prepares students for careers in professional accounting, private industry, and consulting including obtaining licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

The Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a new program launched in Fall 2012.  We identified learning objectives and measurements for this program in September 2013 and will report on it for the fourth time at the end of this academic year.

The doctoral accounting program leads to a Ph.D. in management grounded on solid research methods.  Core courses develop expertise in economics, behavioral sciences, and quantitative methods, and provide a detailed knowledge of contemporary accounting research. Graduates are strong candidates for faculty positions at other Research 1 universities.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

The accounting department strives to have a relevant and useful Assurance of Learning plan; for this reason the department reviews and updates the plan annually. The most recent revision was in August 2016.  The current list of objectives and assessment measurements are listed below.  Information regarding the assessment tools and related academic courses can be reviewed in the attached documents. 

Masters of Accounting Program:

Critical Thinking - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify a problem and the information needed to develop a solution, develop alternative solutions, recommend the best solution, and evaluate the efficacy of the solution after it has been implemented.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate an argument, evaluate the quality of arguments and evidence, and construct and defend the position taken.

Communication - The student can:

  • Express written information accurately and in an audience appropriate manner with conciseness and clarity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic.
  • Debate a complex issue into a coherent written statement or oral presentation.

Teamwork - The student can:

  • Provide and receive feedback, ideas, and instruction in a professional manner.
  • Organize tasks and divide responsibility to complete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
  • Explain the role and impact of each team member (including self) on the collaborative project.

Technical Knowledge - The student can:

  • Demonstrate understanding of graduate level core discipline subject matter.

Technology - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use business software and technology (tax, audit, & general ledger) appropriately.

Ethics/ Social Responsibility - The student can:

  • Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  • Evaluate the role of legal and social responsibility in business decisions.

Career and Placement - The student can:

  • Leverage skills and experiences for career success.

Outcomes - The student can:

  • Articulate program objectives and whether those objectives were achieved at the end of the program.

 

Masters of Science in Accounting Program:

Critical Thinking - The student can:

  • Describe industry environment and company strategies. Compare firm performance, risks, and growth. Perform valuation analysis and identify investment opportunities for investors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate an argument, evaluate the quality of arguments and evidence, and construct and defend the position taken.

Communication - The student can:

  • Prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business topic.
  • Express written information accurately and in an audience appropriate manner with conciseness and clarity.

Teamwork - The student can:

  • Provide and receive feedback, ideas, and instruction in a professional manner.
  • Organize tasks and divide responsibility to complete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
  • Explain the role and impact of each team member (including self) on the collaborative project.

Technical Knowledge - The student can:

  • Demonstrate understanding of graduate level core discipline subject matter.

Technology - The student can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use business software and technology (tax, audit, & general ledger) appropriately.

Ethics/ Social Responsibility - The student can:

  • Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  • Evaluate the role of legal and social responsibility in business decisions.

Outcomes - The student can:

  • Articulate program objectives and assess whether those objectives were achieved through the MSA program.

 

Ph.D. Program

Research - The student can:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of important concepts in accounting research
  2. Identify appropriate research questions
  3. Select appropriate research methodology for investigating research questions

Teaching - The student can:

  1. Demonstrate classroom teaching and presentation skills adequate for delivering undergraduate instruction in a college or university setting
  2. Demonstrate ability to achieve satisfactory performance in teaching an accounting class

 

Assessment Activities: 

Masters Programs - A variety of assessment activities are utilized to measure our learning objectives.  Activities include course assignments, topic debates, projects, technology assessments, comprehensive end of program exams, and case studies.  We also monitor student placement data upon graduation.

Please review the MAcc AOL Detail Reports F16 S17 and MSA AOL Detail Reports F16 S17 attachments for a detailed description of the assessment activities, assessment data and findings.

 

PhD Program - Again a variety of assessment tools are utilized including written and oral comprehensive exams, research proposals, dissertation proposals, student presentations, and teaching evaluations. 

We revised our PhD program assessment as a result of the Academic Program Review performed in Spring 2013.  We analyzed data during the F16/S17 academic year and results are included in the PhD AOL Detail Report F16 S17 document attached below. 

Assessment Findings: 

MAcc Program - The summary analysis of our MAcc program can be found in the AOL Summary Report 2016-17. Please review the attached MAcc AOL Detail Reports F16 S17.pdf file for all the detailed data and analysis. 

We were very pleased with our assessment results related to teamwork and technical knowledge. We were satisfied with the results related to ethics, technology, communication, and critical thinking.  Placement performance and outcomes survey results were also acceptable.

MSA program - The summary analysis of our MSA program can be found in the AOL Summary Report 2016-17. Please review the attached MSA AOL Detail Reports F16 S17.pdf file for all the detailed data and analysis. 

Overall, we are pleased with the assessment results.  We are satisfied with the results related to critical thinking, technical knowledge, technology, ethics, teamwork, and outcomes survey results.  We need to continue to focus on developing the communication skills of our MSA students as many are from international locations. 

PhD program - The summary analysis of our PhD program can be found in the AOL Summary Report 2016-17.  Please review the attached PhD AOL Detail Report F16 S17.pdf file for all the detailed data and analysis.  Overall, faculty is pleased with PhD student performance for both the research and teaching objectives.

Change in Response to Findings: 

Based on the assessment and analysis of the results, no significant changes to our graduate curriculum or teaching methods were suggested.  A few adjustments to the assessment tools were recommended and will be considered for implementation next year. 

If additional information is desired regarding the individual assessment tools, please contact the Department of Accounting.

Updated date: Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:02