The Stetson School of Business and Economics will add to its degree offerings this fall, with a new Master of Accountancy and a combined Bachelor of Business Administration – Master of Business Administration degree on its Atlanta campus. The new programs, which will both be evening programs, target the growing group of professionals in the Atlanta area in need of career-focused programs to help them succeed.
“The new Master of Accountancy program has tremendous potential - with classes in the evening and with the ability to complete the degree in one year, potential students will find it very convenient,” said Dean William “Skip” Mounts. “The Master of Accountancy also links the very successful undergraduate accounting program in SSBE in Macon with SSBE in Atlanta. This is a wonderful example on how our two locations offers great opportunities for Mercer students.
“The evening joint degree program is very unique to the Atlanta market,” Mounts noted. “Students are able to access our fine undergraduate and graduate programs with great ease.”
“The combined degree provides an accelerated route to completing both the BBA and MBA by allowing qualified BBA students who meet increased admission standards the opportunity for early admission to the MBA program,” said Associate Dean Gina Miller. “Students who are admitted to the MBA program through the dual degree program are not required to take the GMAT and permitted to take two graduate level courses in concert with undergraduate courses the last semester of their enrollment as undergraduates.”
Because of this combined degree feature, Miller notes, the total number of semester hours to complete the dual degree program is 150, down from 164 semester hours for the two degrees pursued separately. In the combined program, the BBA and MBA degrees are awarded concurrently at the end of the program, upon successful completion of all the program requirements.
The program will be offered in the evenings on the University’s Atlanta campus and capitalizes on existing course offerings from the current evening BBA and MBA degree programs and will deliver the two degrees in an accelerated format. The degree will be more attractive to the professional, part-time, evening students of the Atlanta metro area. The combined program is flexible in that it will accommodate transfer admission and those students desiring both the BBA and MBA degrees in a shorter/accelerated time frame.
The Master of Accountancy degree will be offered over one calendar year. The degree is a 30-semester program comprised of 10 courses. The degree is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills consistent with a professional graduate degree. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in public or private accounting and enable them to achieve career advancement in the accounting profession. While providing an in-depth study in basic areas of accounting, through its electives, it permits specialization in one of two emphases: public accounting (including tax and financial accounting) and international accounting (relevant to public and private accounting). Participants in this program will already possess the BBA or other undergraduate degree and selected accounting course work prerequisites.
“We are offering the Master of Accountancy degree to prepare and enable students to pursue rewarding careers in both public and corporate accounting,” said Faye Sisk, director of graduate programs and associate professor of management. “The curriculum addresses the leading issues in domestic as well as international accounting practices and standards. In addition to meeting the academic hour requirements to qualify for the CPA exam, the graduates of this program will be open to limitless opportunities for advancement in global corporations.”