NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY:
MSSU to Offer First Independent Graduate Program
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Missouri SouthernState University has received approval from the Missouri Department of HigherEducation to offer its first independent graduate program. MSSU will beginoffering the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree in the fall 2014 semester.
The MAcc program will be a"stand-alone" program, operating out of Missouri Southern's Robert W. PlasterSchool of Business.
MSSU already offers graduate degrees in Teaching, BusinessAdministration, Criminal Justice Administration, Dental Hygiene, EarlyChildhood Education, Instructional Technology and Nursing. However, eachis offered in cooperation with other universities in the state.
Dr. John Groesbeck, Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business on theMSSU campus, said the program will prepare students for the field of publicaccounting and provide the number of credit hours required by most states toallow students to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.
"Providing this master's degree for our students is a major stepforward," Dr. Groesbeck stated. "We are pleased that the degree will benefit somany future CPAs and will round out educational opportunities in thisdiscipline for students in the region served by Missouri Southern StateUniversity."
The degree will include a special accelerated option for thoseworking on bachelor's degrees. The on-campus program is designed to be one yearin length for a full-time student with a total of 30 hours of graduate workrequired.
Accounting majors who meet higherrequirements can apply for the accelerated degree option during their junioryear and complete the requirements for their Bachelors of Science in BusinessAdministration and Masters of Accountancy degree at the same time within fiveyears.
Accountants lead the way in overseeing accurate financial records,ensuring that taxes are paid and helping with financial planning. While amaster's degree is not required, almost every state mandates that prospectiveaccountants graduate with a large number of credit hours. For thatreason, many choose to obtain a master's degree.
"We look forward to providing this option for Accounting studentsat Missouri Southern," said Dr. David Smith, head of the Accounting &Finance Department at MSSU. "We think the accelerated degree option will beespecially attractive to students."
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