Program Brochure - Benedictine University

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1 Master of Science Accountancy Benedictine University

2 T he Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy program focuses on broad-based accounting knowledge. Courses in other business disciplines such as economics and leadership are integrated into the program to complement a professional accounting career. Students are taught by acknowledged experts in the field and will gain an understanding of the major technical, conceptual and practical issues in accounting. Students will also gain an appreciation for the ethical and legal considerations of the accounting profession, and of the professional judgment and independent attitude necessary to deal objectively with these considerations. The M.S. in Accountancy program provides students with the professional skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to be successful, professional accountants in todays complex business environment. A career as a future accounting professional offers an excellent employment outlook, new challenges attributable to technology and regulatory needs, and requires development of new skill sets and a commitment to lifelong learning. Program Overview Program Options Evening M.S. in Accountancy Program The average adult changes Benedictine Universitys evening M.S. in Accountancy program is designed for working adults who careers three times before retirement. Many undergraduate have a business-related undergraduate degree but limited coursework or experience in accounting. students focus their studies in Evening classes are ideal for those who seek flexibility in their course schedules and plan to areas of finance, economics and register as a part-time student. Students usually complete one or two courses per 10-week quarter. international business only to Classes are conducted one evening per week, per class on the main campus in Lisle. The M.S. find that their career path has led in Accountancy program may accept graduate coursework completed at another institution. An them to a career in accounting. additional 16 quarter credit hours may be waived for prior undergraduate coursework taken within Benedictine Universitys Master the last seven years, pending department chair approval.* This means that you may potentially of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy complete your degree in as little as one year. program is structured for individuals who have a business- 4+1 M.S. in Accountancy Program related undergraduate degree but The 4+1 M.S. in Accountancy program is developed specifically for recent Benedictine graduates little previous study or experience who have completed their undergraduate degree in Accounting or Finance. Qualified students may in accounting. be eligible to complete the M.S. degree in Accountancy with one additional year of graduate study. Classes are conducted in evenings to meet the needs of students. Admittance to the program is The program provides an integrated sequence of courses not automatic and an application must be completed during the students senior year of at the graduate level which undergraduate work. emphasize topics relevant to the Dual Degree Programs work of a professional accountant The dual degree programs combine the comprehensive accounting core of the M.S. in Accountancy and the background necessary to prepare candidates who wish to program with the competencies of business management (Master of Business Administration), take the United States Uniform information systems (Master of Science in Management Information Systems) or business analytics Certified Public Accountant (Master of Science in Business Analytics). Students enrolling in the dual degree program can (CPA) examination, the Certified develop powerful credentials and specialized expertise enabling them to successfully meet the Management Accountant (CMA) challenges of todays marketplace. The dual degree program can be completed in 36 months or less. examination and the Certified Dual degree programs consist of 96 quarter credit hours for completion. Application and admission Internal Auditor (CIA) examination. is required for each graduate program, and students must complete all requirements for the selected The M.S. in Accountancy degree is dual degree. vital in furthering your career in accounting. * Combination of graduate credit transfer and undergraduate course waiver cannot exceed 32 quarter credit hours. Note: Students planning to sit for a professional examination are responsible for contacting the specific association administering the exam to determine eligibility and exam requirements.

3 Curriculum Concentrations The Master of Science in Accountancy program Auditing requires 64 quarter credit hours of graduate coursework. Students must complete three of these courses to The program consists of four major components: qualify for a concentration in Auditing: Managerial Competency MSA 614 Auditing and Assurance I Four courses focused on management skills and knowledge MSA 615 Auditing and Assurance II necessary for students seeking managerial positions MSA 616 Information System Auditing in accounting: MSA 617 Internal Auditing MSA 510 Economics (4) Forensic Accounting MSA 520 Leadership and Business Ethics in the Global Environment (4) Students must complete three of these courses to qualify for a concentration in Forensic Accounting: MSA 530 Organizational Behavior (4) or MSA 606 Forensic Accounting MBA 633 Legal Issues in the Workplace (4) MSA 607 Fraud Examination MSA 611 Managerial Economics (4) MSA 608 Fraud and the Legal Environment MSA 609 Computer Fraud Core Accounting Competency Taxation Five courses focused on U.S. accounting standards: Students must complete the following courses: MSA 500 Financial Accounting (4) MSA 504 Corporate Accounting Theory and Practice I (4) MSA 623 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders MSA 513 Auditing Theory and Practice (4) MSA 624 Federal Tax Research MSA 515 Advance Accounting MSA 625 Federal Taxation of Partnerships MSA 601 Managerial Accounting (4) Advanced Accounting Topics Four courses focused on in-depth concepts, theories and issues in accounting: Note: MSA 506 Corporate Accounting Theory and Practice II (4) Those planning to sit for the CPA examination may need MSA 603 Cost Analysis, Profit Planning and Control (4) to take additional coursework in business law, accounting MSA 604 Theory and Practice of Financial Reporting (4) research and business communications. MSA 605 Tax Influences on Decision-Making (4) Electives Twelve quarter credit hours of electives are required for completion of the degree. Electives should be chosen to advance individual professional development and career goals.

4 Faculty Lecturers Ron Baiman, Ph.D. David Baker, M.B.A., CPA M.S. in Accountancy Assistant Professor, Economics (2013) Kim Beck, M.B.A., CPA Sharon Borowicz, Ph.D., EA Duffy Blackburn, M.A.F.M., M.B.A, CPA, CFE Associate Professor, Master of Business John Frech, M.B.A., CPA Administration, Master of Science in Raymond Makowski, J.D. Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation Programs (2005) Tom Scott, M.S.A., CPA John Potocki, M.B.A. John C. Draut, M.B.A. Martin Terpstra, M.S., CPA Program Director and Instructor, Master of Science in Accountancy and Senior Lecturers Master of Science in Taxation R. David Fulton, M.S., CPA Programs (2008) Kenneth Hansen, J.D., M.S. Ricky Holman, J.D. Emeritus Department Chair and Assistant Professor, David Dibblee, M.B.A., CPA Master of Business Administration Program (2013) Barbara T. Ozog, Ph.D. Program Director and Professor, Master of Science in Management Information Systems and Master of Science in Business Analytics Programs (1992) Thomas Yu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy Programs (2008) Date in parenthesis indicates the year person joined Benedictine University faculty. reau The Bu tistics The individuals listed above have been employed on an a b o r Sta o f L U.S. ts that as-needed basis to teach courses at Benedictine University projec l have nearly il ion ers w employ (within the last several years). Instructors listed may not M i l l 2.4 currently be employed by Benedictine University. The University is fortunate to be able to provide our students with part-time raduate ire a g b s th at requ er between faculty whose experience, credentials and commitment to jo or high degree 2 and 2022. education add to the high quality of our resident faculty. 201 Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls 10,058 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available at For more information, call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300, Accredited by the Higher email [email protected] or visit Learning Commission. Benedictine University 5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532 2015 -2016

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