Master of Science-Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting (MS) Program Overview

The Texas A&M University – Texarkana Master of Science in Accounting (MS) program is offered entirely online and designed to prepare students for a professional career in a wide-variety of accounting related areas in the public, private, and governmental sectors.  Industry accounting experts from our corporate partners helped guide the building of the program to ensure it met and continues to meet the needs of global businesses and governmental agencies.
 
The MS program focuses on accounting and managerial skills which drive dynamic leadership in the corporate environment while readying students to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) or Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam if they choose. A combination of high impact experiences and interactive collaborations enhance the learning dynamic to provide an effective and engaging environment for critical thinking and analysis.
 
Whether you are managing your own business or trying to advance your career to the next level, completion of the A&M-Texarkana MSA program gives graduates a competitive edge in the marketplace. We are excited for you to join us in this fun and rewarding career building program.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the MS program please visit:

https://tamut.edu/Academics/Colleges-and-Departments/CBET/Graduate-Programs/Admissions%20Requirements/index.html

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a bachelor's degree in any area and the following accounting courses:        ​

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 

Program Admission and Academic Advising:

Jim Bynum

Phone: 903.223.3191

Email: Jbynum@tamut.edu or Graduate.Studies@TAMUT.edu

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Courses
ACCT 525Administrative Controls3
ACCT 547Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 548Partnership Taxation3
ACCT 557Advanced Accounting Systems3
ACCT 558Accounting & Audit Research3
ACCT 577Data Analytics3
MGT 527Managerial Policy and Strategy3
9sch Graduate level Business Electives 19
Minimum Hours for Degree30
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Excluding ACCT 526, ECO 577, and FIN 545.  These cannot be used as Graduate Business Electives but will count in the overall GPA.

Note: The university will not count grades lower than “C” toward a graduate degree, but the university will use those grades to calculate the GPA. The university considers a course with a grade of “D” or “F” completed, and the GPA will reflect those grades. 

Graduate courses in Accounting

ACCT 525. Administrative Controls. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of the role of accounting in internal management of business firms. Essentials of job order, process cost systems, use of standards, and budgeting are covered. Prerequisite: (ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302) or ACCT 526 with grades of C or better.

ACCT 526. Accounting for Managers. 3 Hours.

Course covers financial and managerial accounting issues that confront economic entities. It is oriented toward graduate students who will eventually use, rather than prepare, accounting reports. Cannot be taken for credit in the MSA degree program.

ACCT 547. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course presents a comprehensive and current treatment of the analysis of financial statements as an aid to decision making for investors and creditors. The major focus is on the objectives of users of financial statements and on the analytical tools and techniques applied by them in reaching significant conclusions and decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 322 and ACCT 422 with grades of C or better.

ACCT 548. Partnership Taxation. 3 Hours.

The tax effects on all phases of the life of a partnership (formation, operations, distributions, and liquidation) will be covered. Prerequisite: ACCT 324 with a C or better.

ACCT 557. Advanced Accounting Systems. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to achieve the following objectives: design and use accounting information systems; learn the foundations for building business controls and managing business risk; understand IT governance in an organization and how IT controls and governance relate to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; understand how IT controls and risks must be integrated into a company's overall risk profile; and design and implement control systems. Prerequisite: ACCT 429 with a grade of C or better.

ACCT 558. Accounting & Audit Research. 3 Hours.

This course covers how to identify accounting research issues, locate authoritative guidance, and communicate the research results. Prerequisite: ACCT 322 and ACCT 427 with grades of C or better.

ACCT 568. Supply Chain Management Financial Strategy and Profitability. 3 Hours.

This course includes case studies, examples, and in-depth analysis of technical issues involved in supply chain management, network design, and strategic partnering. The course engages students in managing a supply chain and provides a starting point for discussing the value of information in the supply chain, strategic partnering, and centralized decision making. This course is equivalent to both SCM 568 and FIN 568. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302, or ACCT 526, with grades of C or better.

ACCT 577. Data Analytics. 3 Hours.

This course studies the use of accounting data to identify, analyze, and solve business problems. Examines the processes needed to develop, report, and analyze accounting data and the business risks related to data collection, storage, and use. Cross-listed with MIS 577. Credit for ACCT 577 and MIS 577 cannot be awarded.

ACCT 589. Individual Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

ACCT 597. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

MGT 527. Managerial Policy and Strategy. 3 Hours.

This is a capstone course requiring the application and integration of principles from various business disciplines including accounting, finance, marketing, management and economics in the solution of managerial problems and the development and implementation of corporate strategies in a changing environment. It must be taken during the last semester of enrollment.

Faculty

Selena Jefferies, CPA

Instructor

Email: selena.jefferies@tamut.edu

Fred Norton

Assistant Professor

Email: fnorton@tamut.edu