AACSB MS in Accounting & Finance?

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  1. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

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    I really like the MS in accounting and finance offered by Southern New Hampshire University.....

    http://www.snhu.edu/7059.asp

    Completion of the MS gives a person 18 credit hours in both accounting and finance....perfect for adjunct teaching. However, I would prefer a AACSB accredited program. Does anyone know if such an animal exists?
     
  2. Fortunato

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    I believe you can earn an MS in Finance through IU's Kelley Direct, although it doesn't have the accounting component you are looking for. I would be willing to be that SNHU's program is a pretty unique animal. Good luck with the search, though!
     
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    Here's one...

    Sacramento State http://www.cba.csus.edu/graduate/accy/index.html It's only in accounting. As Fortunado attests, there aren't many like SNHU, and I haven't found any that are combined Fin/Acctg. If I had the time, I'd have done this then the certificate program (also AACSB) that Fortunato is doing.
     
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    Does East Carolina University sill offer the grad certificate in finance? I've never been able to find info on it on their web site.
     
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    I've been searching for something similar. I want to pursue a MAcc from an AACSB school. However, there are very few schools that offer AACSB accredited accounting programs.

    Although Sacramento State's business programs are AACSB, their accounting program doesn't have a separate accounting accreditation. As you can see here ( http://www.aacsb.edu/General/InstLists.asp?lid=5 ), it's not on the list.

    I'm not aware of any Accounting/Finance programs that have both business accreditation and accounting accreditation. The business accreditation alone is probably good enough for 98% of accountants. However, if you ever plan on working in a foreign country as an accountant, you may run into a snag without the international accounting accreditation.

    It's somewhat misleading because certain AACSB accredited business schools make it sound as if they also have AACSB-international accredited accounting programs as well. I wanted to pursue a MAcc at the University of West Florida when I'm finished with my BSBA from Troy. As you can see, they claim AACSB accreditation for their BSBA in Accounting and MAcc: http://uwf.edu/cob/accreditation/

    But after investigating it further, it appears that they only have the business accreditation.

    Maybe I'm just being picky.
     
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    Maybe Fortunato will help with this question. Although I thought that he said (back in the mists of my memory) that one would need an AACSB MBA to gain admittance, which would keep you and me out. But don't take my word for it.
     
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    You are correct - AACSB has plain "business" accreditation and also a separate "accounting" accreditation. You are not being (too) picky, but I'm unsure if the distinction is important for teaching, especially adjunct teaching which was AV8R's original question. However, if one wanted to teach at an R-1, tenure-track accounting it probably would make a difference but then again they'd want a PhD in accounting so it's a moot point. UWF or SC MAcc would most likely be fine for adjuncting or some Tier 3 or 4 universities. But that's just IMHO.

    UWF was the other program that I looked into... If I can't get my employer to pay for a doctorate, I'll go with either SacState or UWF. I don't ever intend to work as an accountant or work overseas as an accountant. I want it for teaching and consulting and to get a CPA because that's one thing I always regretted not doing as an undergrad.
     
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    Does this help?
    http://accounting.stetsononlinedegrees.com/
     
  10. AV8R

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    Stetson's Macc has accounting accreditation via AACSB. I'm pretty sure that the MSA offered by the University of Connecticut does too.
     
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    Yes, East Carolina still offers the graduate certificate in finance. The web link is in my signature, if you'd like more info. I'm starting my third of four courses in the program, I had to drop a course last spring due to an unexpected surge at work, but I'm expecting to be able to finish up next semester, just a little late. You do need to either be an ECU MBA student or hold an AACSB MBA to be eligible to earn the certificate, and to be quite honest, there are very few certificate-only students in the program - in fact, in three semesters so far, I've only run into one other one, and he was an ECU grad returned to add the certificate. The quality of the courses has been very good so far, and I'd recommend it to someone looking to add additional graduate hours in finance for the purposes of adjuncting. Just don't expect to be able to blow through the program quickly - most semesters, there are only one or two sections of certificate classes available, and they fill up fast with traditional MBA students (who get first crack at registration). All four terms I've enrolled, I've had to wait for students to have their schedules cancelled for non-payment, and then get in just before the drop/add deadline. ECU's administrative staff have been awesome, and for those of you who dread procotored exams, ECU makes getting proctors approved a breeze - they have an entire team dedicated to distance learning. I highly recommend ECU, especially to NC residents.
     
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    I'm not sure how selective they are for the Macc program. They are advertising the program heavily on every accounting discussion board in existence.
     
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    Actually, I'm interested in their on-campus program. They have a small extension campus near my home that offers Saturday only courses. The courses are five weeks in duration (five Saturdays for 8 hours). It seems that they only allow 8-10 students into each course.
     
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    You ARE being too picky.

    An accounting degree from an AACSB "business" accredited institution is sufficient for any purpose. I teach in a program that has the separate accounting accreditation. We would never require a faculty candidate to have a degree from a school with the separate accounting accreditation and I have never heard of any institution or employer using this as a factor in a hiring decision.

    The separate accounting accreditation is only available to an accounting program within an AACSB-accredited business school - the program would enjoy accreditation at both levels. In fact, a separately accredited accounting program has to undergo the AACSB accreditation review process for both the "business school" accreditation and for their own separate accounting accreditation.

    The only place I've ever seen a distinction made for graduates of AACSB-accounting accredited programs is in the CPA licensing requirements of a few states. Even in these cases, an AACSB-accounting accredited degree is not required for licensing - the education requirement is deemed met without a course-by-course transcript review.
     
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    Good info, Foobar. Thanks.
     

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