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2011 Accounting Footnotes

Accounting Department Develops Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA)

The Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA) allows students to begin work on their Master of Accountancy degree during the first semester of their undergraduate senior year if the student has completed 90 hours of coursework. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale) in ACCT 300, ACCT 301, ACCT 310, and ACCT 312 and has a minimum grade of "C" in all accounting courses.

For students electing the PPA program, the GMAT and ACCT 499 are waived once accepted into the Professional Program in Accountancy. Students admitted to the PPA program will be allowed to take graduate level courses during their senior year. Students will receive both the B.S. in Accounting and the MAcc degrees at the completion of the PPA program.

After acceptance into the Professional Program in Accountancy by the Department of Accounting, students may take undergraduate coursework to be applied to an undergraduate degree and during the same semester take graduate coursework to be applied to a graduate degree. Any course taken pursuant to the Professional Program in Accountancy may not be double counted. Until completion of the total number of hours of coursework required for the undergraduate degree, the students will remain undergraduate students and will not be admitted to Graduate Studies and Research. Students may be admitted on a wait-listed status during the semester in which they plan to complete this minimum-hours requirement; their status will be changed to regular admission on completion of the required number of hours.

All graduate coursework taken prior to Admission to Graduate Studies and Research and intended to be used toward the MAcc degree must be at the 400G-level or 500-level or above. No more than 18 semester hours of graduate credit taken prior to admission to the Graduate College can be applied toward the MAcc degree.

Students may apply for the Professional Program in Accountancy in the Accounting Department.

Fall Semester

  • ACCT 510: Advanced Accounting Information Systems Control and Audit (with Dr. Yining Chen)
  • ACCT 520: Special Topics in Managerial Accounting (with Dr. Nace Magner)
  • ACCT 540: Advanced Auditing Standards, Applications and Fraud (with Dr. Steve Wells)

Spring Semester

  • ACCT 500: Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting (with Dr. Richard Aldridge)
  • ACCT 530: Special Topics in Tax Research and Planning (with Dr. Stacy Wade)
  • ACCT 550: Special Topics Accounting for Not-For-Profit Organizations and Governments (with Dr. Randall Kinnersley)

Students admitted to the MAcc program may select graduate courses offered in the Gordon Ford College of Business upon approval by the department chair. Tier 1 or business foundation courses and BA 515 will not be considered as satisfying any part of the 30-hour requirement. Six (6) hours of the elective graduate courses may be from outside the Gordon Ford College of Business with prior approval of the department chair. The selection of elective courses should be directly related to the student's career goals and/or desired skills/competencies.

Available electives include:

  • ECON 502: Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 506: Applied Statistical Analysis
  • ECON 595: Labor and Human Resource Economics
  • BA 519: Advanced Managerial Finance
  • BA 510: Organizational Behavior
  • COMM 576: Principles of Small Group Communication
  • LEAD 500: Effective Leadership Studies
  • BA 517: Advanced Marketing

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