Graduate Bulletin

Accountancy, M.Acc.

FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:

  • November 1 - Early Decision/Scholarship Consideration for Accounting Applicants
  • December 10 - First Round Scholarship Consideration
  • March 1 - International Application Deadline
  • May 31 - Domestic Application Deadline
  • June 30 - Late Deadline

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence and/or professional references (employers) who know the applicant well and can attest to her/his leadership ability.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, earned with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must also have completed the following prerequisite undergraduate accounting courses (or equivalent) with a grade of B- or better prior to starting the M.Acc. program: Financial Accounting; Cost Accounting; Intermediate Accounting I; Intermediate Accounting II; Federal Taxes on Income; and Auditing. Applicants may apply to the program while working on satisfying the prerequisite courses. Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of the prerequisites with a B- or better in each course.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree, not necessarily in a business discipline, is required.

Statement of Goals:

The M.Acc. application requires one essay that discusses the applicant's professional plans and goals. The following questions must be addressed:

  • What past experiences prepared or motivated you to pursue the M.Acc. degree?
  • How would you expect to change over the course of the program?
  • What personal and professional values and skills do you hope to acquire through the academic content?
  • How will obtaining the M.Acc. help you achieve your career goals?
Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT/GRE is required.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT. Applicants may substitute the IELTS for the TOEFL with a comparable minimum score of 7.5.

Resume:

A resume is required.

Interview:

A personal interview may be requested to make a decision on the application.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30


Required Courses:

Semester 1 (Fall)*:
ACCT 5201:  Advanced Studies in Financial Reporting
ACCT 5202:  Enterprise Systems and Internal Controls
ACCT 5203:  Professional Skills Development

ACCT 5287:  Colloquium on Current Issues in Accounting Practice

* During the last four weeks of Semester 1, students take a CPA review course for the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) part of the CPA exam.

Semester 2 (Spring)**:
ACCT 5204:  Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services
ACCT 5205:  Advanced Federal Taxation

ACCT 5206:  Law Ethics and Regulation
ACCT 5287:  Colloquium on Current Issues in Accounting Practice

** During the last four weeks of Semester 2, students take a CPA review course for the Auditing and Attestation (AUD) part of the CPA exam.

Semester 3 (Summer):
ACCT 5207:  Concepts and Analysis of Financial Statements
ACCT 5208:  Strategic Technology and Performance Management
ACCT 5209:  Taxes and Business Strategy

ACCT 5287:  Colloquium on Current Issues in Accounting Practice


Internship: No internship is required, although students are encouraged to complete an accounting internship prior to commencing the M.Acc. program.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

There are no culminating events.

Contacts
Program Contact Information:

http://www.fox.temple.edu/macc

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

foxinfo@temple.edu

215-204-5890

215-204-7678

215-204-1632 (fax)

Department Contacts:

M.Acc. Program Coordinator:
Nicole Stilianos
Project Coordinator

nstili@temple.edu

215-204-4134

M.Acc. Program Director:
Sheri Risler, CPA
Professor of Practice

srisler@temple.edu
215-204-6482

Specialized Master’s Program Coordinator:
Jason Gasper-Hulvat
Associate Director for Specialized Master’s Programs
jasongh@temple.edu

215-204-8732

Chairperson:
Eric Press
Professor

eric.press@temple.edu

215-204-8127

About the Program

The Fox School of Business and Management offers the M.Acc. program for the individual who wants to pursue a career in public accounting and seeks the CPA designation. The curriculum builds on the foundation of accounting undergraduate coursework, focusing more on advanced level topics. Accordingly, the Fox School’s M.Acc. program facilitates and encourages CPA exam preparation for those students who aspire to become a CPA. The Department of Accounting in the Fox School designed the M.Acc. program in response to the change in the legislative requirements to become a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania. The 30-credit program provides the additional credit hours needed to achieve the CPA exam academic requirements.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 1 year; three consecutive semesters of coursework are undertaken, commencing in the Fall

Campus Location:

Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time study with a cohort is required in the daytime.

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

foxinfo@temple.edu

215-204-5890

215-204-7678

215-204-1632 (fax)

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.

Affiliation(s):

Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's Advanta Center for Research in Financial Institutions, the Biostatistics Research Center, the Center for Competitive Government, the Center for Healthcare Research and Management, the Center for Neural Decision Making, the Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Institute of Global Management Studies, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University. The Accounting Department faculty conduct research in earnings manipulation, executive compensation, financial statement disorders, pension accounting, and SEC regulation of accounting.

Ranking:

The Fox School of Business and Management is highly ranked. Current ranking information may be viewed at the following website:

http://www.fox.temple.edu/ranking/.

Accreditation:

All Fox School of Business and Management graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), the association for management education.

Areas of Specialization:

The majority of students accepted into the M.Acc. is focused on a career in public accounting.

Job Placement:

The M.Acc. is designed for the student who wants to pursue a career in public accounting and seeks the CPA designation. A 95% placement rate was achieved for the Fall 2011 program by the program's graduation date.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

All courses in the M.Acc. program require the student to be matriculated.

Financing Opportunities

The Fox School of Business and Management recognizes outstanding educational achievement by awarding tuition scholarships. These awards are based on merit, which includes overall GPA, accounting course GPA, and GMAT scores, where applicable. Students being considered for merit-based scholarships do not need to complete additional forms or submit additional application essays or recommendations. Scholarship recipients are notified shortly after the admission decision is made.

Updated 11.1.12