School of Accountancy
* Graduate faculty
*H. Pourjalali, PhD (Director)—accounting
Degrees Offered: BBA in accounting, MAcc, PhD in business administration, International Accounting concentration
The Academic Program
The School of Accountancy within the Shidler College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in accounting (ACC) and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degrees. The undergraduate accounting program provides students with an educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting careers and enables students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education. The MAcc program provides advanced education in taxation, financial accounting, and auditing necessary for students to pursue leading positions in public practice, business, not-for-profit organizations, government, and related fields.
An accounting background will provide a competitive edge for those aspiring to become chief executive officers. Students often study accounting even though their major interests may be in other areas of business. This enables these students to have a salable skill for easy entry into a business firm.
We are an academic community with the Shidler College of Business, whose mission is:
To provide students with an accounting education relevant to a technologically advanced global economy; to advance accounting knowledge through research; and to instill students with a sense of moral, ethical, and professional obligation to society.
The accounting profession may be divided into the following two major segments.
Specialties in this area include auditing, tax, and management advisory services. Some of the larger firms have reorganized these activities along industry lines. Students entering public accounting should prepare to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many students who graduate with an accounting degree are employed by national or international CPA firms, or by local CPA accounting firms. Some open their own independent practices after they become certified.
Other Accounting Jobs
Accounting positions in industry are available in firms engaged in manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, banking, transportation, insurance, and real estate, as well as in hotels, entertainment enterprises, and restaurants. Positions in these organizations can be found in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, internal auditing, tax accounting, and accounting information systems. Graduates also find employment as accountants in various branches of federal, state, or local governments or in not-for-profit organizations.
BBA in Accounting
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
In addition to the Shidler College of Business graduate admission requirements, students without an undergraduate degree in accounting are required to complete the following undergraduate deficiencies in accounting: ACC 201 and 202 prior to admission to the MAcc program, and ACC 321, 323, 401, 409, and 418 prior to graduation.
Admission to the MAcc program is competitive. The school seeks individuals who have the potential for outstanding achievement in accounting, auditing, or taxation. The admissions committee primarily considers the candidate’s academic record and GMAT score and places emphasis on strong communication skills
The MAcc degree requires 30 credits (10 courses)
Required Accounting courses (15 credits)
Elective Accounting courses, three of the following (9 credits)
Students can take any 400-600 level accounting course except ACC 460 and those courses used to fulfill deficiency or core requirements. No more than two elective courses may be from the 400-level. The following tracks are recommended:
Tax concentration(6 credits, must be one of the following)
Financial Reporting concentration (6 credits, must be one of the following)
Additional Elective courses (6 credit hours)
Students may take any two of the following:
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits to earn the Master of Accounting degree. If a course is waived, another course in the same area of study and of the same or higher level must be substituted.
In consultation with their advisor, a student may opt to do a research thesis in place of ACC 660 and three elective credits. Thesis students enroll in ACC 700 Thesis Research.
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