Hodges University

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The Master of Accountancy (Macc) at Hodges University is an accelerated program of study which can be completed in one year, offering rigorous specialized instruction designed to prepare students to enter the profession and succeed. In addition to acquiring specialized expertise in accounting theories and topics, students develop the quantitative, analytical, communication, and research skills demanded of accounting professionals in business, public and private accountancy, and industry today.

On Campus, Online, Traditional and Accelerated
MAcc courses are offered in a combination of formats including on campus, online and in a blended online/in-class accelerated format.

Master of Accountancy graduates are:

  • Prepared for professional careers as accountants, financial and business analysts/advisors, auditors, tax practitioners, chief financial officers, fraud examiners, entrepreneurs, and business managers.
  • Able to draw on their integrated, comprehensive body of knowledge and experience to make accounting and business-related decisions.
  • Prepared to recognize financial and business problems, strategize and implement solutions, and communicate the results of problem solving efforts using specialized accounting and business skill-sets.

Why MAcc?

Is the Master of Accountancy Right For Me?

A Master of Accountancy is a good fit for people already in the accounting field that want to advance their position or increase knowledge in specialized practice areas. It is a good fit for those who have a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field and would like to advance their education, explore specialized practice areas or meet certification requirements.

The Master of Accountancy is delivered in an accelerated format (30 credits), therefore, students can complete the degree in one year contingent on availability of courses. Those who want a less rigorous schedule can take additional time to complete the degree.

The Hodges degree is compressed into fewer classes than general masters’ programs making the total tuition for the degree more than competitive.

Curriculum Overview:

Accounting Core Component

The Accounting Core Component courses are designed to expand critical thinking and research competencies required of practitioners in regulated professions. Courses focus on ethical and legal issues related to the regulated practice environment and research skills unique to accounting, tax, and finance professionals. The Accounting Core Component includes advanced accounting specialization courses providing students an opportunity to explore professional certification/designation requirements. Students will have the opportunity to develop and apply skill-sets related to various accounting specializations. These competencies and skill-sets will support student certification and specialization goals and further differentiate them from their peers by demonstrating specialized expertise. The Accountancy Capstone Project course demonstrates critical thinking and research competencies in a comprehensive analysis, integrating knowledge and skill-sets developed through the program courses.

Elective Component

The MAcc elective courses provide the student with an opportunity to select courses in a specific area of accounting and finance to meet the individual goals of the student.

Concentration Component Alternative

As an alternative to electives, or in partial fulfillment of the Elective Component, students may declare an area of concentration where they wish to develop additional specialized expertise to fulfill personal or career interests. A concentration requires a total of 9 credits in the concentration, beyond the required core courses. The addition of a concentration increases the total credit hours required for graduation from 30 to 39.

Careers

What is the Career Outlook for Accounting?

Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. There has been an increased focus on accounting in response to corporate scandals and recent financial crises. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards. Additionally, tighter lending standards are expected to increase the importance of audits, as this is a key way for organizations to demonstrate their creditworthiness. The continued globalization of business should lead to more demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and international mergers and acquisitions.*

Newly minted accountants have some of the brightest job prospects in the nation, with nearly 90 percent of accounting firms forecasting the same or increased hiring of graduates this year compared with 2010, and nearly three quarters, 71 percent, of the largest firms anticipating more hiring—an indicator of a rebounding economy.**

In addition, Masters in Accounting degrees represent three-fourths of new CPA firm Masters hires, significantly higher than Masters in Taxation and MBAs in Accounting.***

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6 11/14/13
**Source:AICPA, 2011, para. 1
***Source:Moore, 2011, p. 31

Accounting Careers

Accountants enjoy employment opportunities across many sectors and may specialize in a wide variety of accounting areas.

SPECIALTIES
  • Auditing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Planning
  • Taxation
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Budget Analysis
  • Financial Accounting
  • International Accounting
  • Forensic and Fraud Examination
  • Business Valuation
SECTORS
  • Government
  • Public and Private Corporations
  • Non-Profits
  • Finance, Business and Law
  • Public and Private Accounting Firms
  • Self-Employed

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the MAcc program during any semester. A student who attends full time, 9 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 1 year dependent on course availability.

Students who complete their undergraduate degree in accounting at Hodges University, an equivalent degree from an accredited institution, or any undergraduate degree along with the accounting and finance prerequisites will meet all requirements to begin the Master of Accountancy degree. However, students without an undergraduate degree/equivalent in accounting or lacking foundational prerequisites may be required to incorporate additional courses to complete the Master of Accountancy program.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.


Accounting Core Component

Semester Hour Credit

ACG6000 Accounting Trends and Techniques

ACG6000 - Accounting Trends and Techniques - 3 Credits

This course is an Accounting Industry Special Topics survey course. The course focuses on trends and techniques in the accounting industry. The course specifically addresses current specialized industry accounting and auditing issues and techniques. Specific topics addressed may vary from term to term.

Prerequisites: ACG3362, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6010 Accounting, Tax, and Financial Research Techniques

ACG6010 - Accounting, Tax, and Financial Research Techniques - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of accounting, tax and financial research methodology. The course specifically addresses information gathering related to the accounting, tax, and financial industries and the professional and regulatory environment within which they operate.

Prerequisites: ACG4011, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6020 Forensic Accounting

ACG6020 - Forensic Accounting - 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of forensic accounting and the important elements of fraud examination. The course provides a foundation for developing an effective awareness of the potential for and signs of fraud in financial statements and the financial environment.

Prerequisites: ACG3362, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6030 International Accounting and Tax

ACG6030 - International Accounting and Tax - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of major accounting issues unique to multinational business enterprises. The course specifically addresses IASB standards, FASB pronouncements, and tax laws related to international activities. The focus will be on comparative accounting and harmonization, financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and control in foreign operations, and taxation of international activities.

Prerequisites: ACG4011, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6070 Internal Auditing

ACG6070 - Internal Auditing - 3 Credits

This course examines the internal auditor’s roles, duties, and objectives in the ever-changing global operating environment.

Prerequisites: ACG4400, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of the Program Director and Dean.

3
ACG6080 Tax Practice and Representation

ACG6080 - Tax Practice and Representation - 3 Credits

This course is devoted to the complex area of tax practice and procedure. Topics address current issues and trends in the representation of taxpayers before the IRS, from initial contact through litigation.

Prerequisites: ACG3011 and ACG4011 or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6090 Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting

ACG6090 - Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting - 3 Credits

This course is an advanced-level examination of project management skills and managerial accounting principles integrated into a variety of today’s competitive business environments.

Prerequisites: ACG3362 and ACG4201 or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6950 Accountancy Capstone Project

ACG6950 - Accountancy Capstone Project - 3 Credits

The Accountancy Capstone Project course demonstrates critical thinking and research competencies in a comprehensive analysis, integrating knowledge and skill-sets developed through the program courses. It provides an opportunity to integrate writing within the discipline skills with professional analysis of real-world situations in the accounting environment.

Prerequisites: Must have completed 18 credits in graduate level accounting courses.

3
ACG6001 Professional Portfolio

ACG6001 - Professional Portfolio - 0 Credits

In this course students will produce an electronic professional portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of Hodges University’s core competencies of Critical Thinking, Effective Communications, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students are required to take this course their last semester with the University and must successfully complete this course in order to graduate.

0

Total Accounting Core Component
24

Elective Component (choose two)


ACG6040 Government and Not for Profit Accounting

ACG6040 - Government and Not for Profit Accounting - 3 Credits

This course incorporates the new standards, such as GASB 34, 54, and 63 for accounting students to learn the fundamentals of government and not-for-profit accounting with emphasis on governmental accounting.

Prerequisites: ACG4011, ACG4201, and ACG4632 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6060 Estate and Gift Tax Planning

ACG6060 - Estate and Gift Tax Planning - 3 Credits

The course introduces the student to the process of developing an estate plan. Topics covered include federal estate and gift taxation, techniques that reduce the size of the gross estate, wills, intestacy, probate, trusts, and more.

Prerequisites: ACG3011 & ACG4011, or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
ACG6100 Legal Environment of Business and Professional Regulation

ACG6100 - Legal Environment of Business and Professional Regulation - 3 Credits

A comprehensive study of the legal process as it applies to business and professional regulation. The course focuses on the convergence of business law and professional regulation issues and also includes coverage of contracts, torts and the UCC.

3
FIN6406 Financial Analysis for Management

FIN6406 - Financial Analysis for Management - 3 Credits

Corporate financial analysis and control of capital. The course develops decision making skills in the areas of projecting, securing, and control of long-term assets and funding, including analysis of the cost of capital.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, ACG3121, and FIN3403 or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6800 Fraud Examination

FIN6800 - Fraud Examination - 3 Credits

This course utilizes case studies to explore fraud fundamentals, broad categories of fraud, sub-schemes and the complex social factors behind fraudulent behavior.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, ACG3121, FIN3403 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3

Total Elective Component
6

Concentration Component Alternative




Concentrations are fulfilled by taking at least three advanced courses in the Concentration discipline. Selection of a concentration increases the total Credit hours required for graduation from 30 to 39.


Finance (choose three)
FIN6500 Banking Principles and Theory

FIN6500 - Banking Principles and Theory - 3 Credits

A review of the concepts of banking principles and theory. This course offers an in-depth analysis of theory and the principles related to retail, business, and lending relations in banking today.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, FIN6406, or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6605 International Financial Management

FIN6605 - International Financial Management - 3 Credit

A course in the current practices of international business finance. Key areas of study include multi-national business finance, the impact of monetary exchange rates, international money markets, foreign investment, economic systems, and import-export financing.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, FIN6406, or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6816 Investment Management

FIN6816 - Investment Management - 3 Credits

In depth study of marketable securities investment, including stock and bond markets, security price movements, portfolio selection, risk analysis of alternative investments, and current trends in the investment community.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, FIN6406, or permission of the Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6900 Business Valuations

FIN6900 - Business Valuations - 3 Credits

This course introduces business valuation concepts, theory and application. Using several small business case studies, students apply actual valuation concepts.

Prerequisite: FIN6800 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3


Fraud and Financial Forensics (choose three)
FIN6800 Fraud Examination

FIN6800 - Fraud Examination - 3 Credits

This course utilizes case studies to explore fraud fundamentals, broad categories of fraud, sub-schemes and the complex social factors behind fraudulent behavior.

Prerequisites: GEB5300 for MBA students, ACG3121, FIN3403 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6910 Occupational Fraud and Abuse

FIN6910 - Occupational Fraud and Abuse - 3 Credits

Using case studies, this course, explores occupational frauds - schemes perpetrated by individuals using their occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse of their employing organization’s resources.

Prerequisite: FIN6800 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6920 Financial Statement Fraud

FIN6920 - Financial Statement Fraud - 3 Credits

The typical goal of fraudulent financial statement schemes is to mislead financial statement users about the profitability or viability of an organization. However, the methods of perpetuation and reasons for the schemes are different for commercial enterprises and nonprofit organizations. This course explores and differentiates the motives and methods of both types.

Prerequisite: FIN6800 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6930 Fraud and Forensic Accounting and the Digital Environment

FIN6930 - Fraud and Forensic Accounting and the Digital Environment - 3 Credits

Desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, even watches and GPS devises can all be used to assist a fraud effort and all leave behind a digital trail. This course introduces essential knowledge needed when investigations turn up electronic evidence. It covers best practices in gathering and preserving electronic evidence including evidence collection, chain of custody, expert designation and analysis.

Prerequisite: FIN6800 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3
FIN6940 Fraud Investigative Methods

FIN6940 - Fraud Investigative Methods - 3 Credits

This course is a Fraud Investigation special situation survey course. The course focuses on trends and techniques in fraud investigation efforts. The course specifically addresses current specialized fraud investigation issues and techniques. For example: Investigating Money Laundering may be covered one term and Tracing Concealed Assets another term. Specific topics addressed may vary from term to term.

Prerequisite: FIN6800 or permission of Program Director or Dean.

3

Minimum Elective/Concentration Component
6-9

Total Semester Hours Required to Graduate

30-39

Benefits

How is Hodges MAcc Different?

Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.

Our Cutting Edge Accelerated Curriculum

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) at Hodges University is an accelerated program of study which can be completed in one year, offering rigorous specialized instruction designed to prepare students to enter the profession and succeed. In addition to acquiring specialized expertise in accounting theories and topics, students develop the quantitative, analytical, communication, and research skills demanded of accounting professionals in business, public accountancy, and industry today.

Your Choice

The MAcc program is suitable for either full-time or part-time study. The curriculum consists of 7 ½ week courses offered in a blended in-class/online format as well as semester-length online courses. The 7 ½ week blended in-class/online format requires extensive outside study and preparation for comprehensive in-class development of the material in addition to an online meeting each week. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in one year depending on course availability.

Our Faculty

Our Johnson School of Business faculty are experienced in the field, providing real-world, applied knowledge to their students. The MAcc faculty are experienced accounting, business and finance practitioners, and have outstanding academic and professional credentials, certifications and professional designations. Faculty are sensitive to the unique needs of adult learners as well as traditional and online learners. Faculty provide a learning environment that both excites and motivates students to succeed. Faculty and staff also hold regular office hours, meeting with students either in person or by phone, by e-mail and through Blackboard virtual office.

Convenient Schedules

The convenient schedule and the applicability of the learning to the workplace attract full-time working professionals who are interested in graduate education without interruption to their careers. The learning is current, streamlined, accelerated, and designed to facilitate success in a rapidly changing and increasingly global work environment.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Graduate Bulletin.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I plan to take the CPA exam, and this school is preparing me to pass that exam (hopefully in one try) and fulfill my dream to open my own firm." - Gina Mauro, Accounting Major

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Aysegul Timur

Program Chair of Business/Public Administration, Professor : Business Administration and Public Administration

I love Hodges University because I enjoy making a beneficial difference in the lives of our students, personally and professionally, via quality education in an effective learning environment that makes use of advanced educational technology.

 
 

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