School of Accountancy
* Graduate faculty
*H. Pourjalali, PhD (Director)—managerial accounting, financial accounting, international accounting
Degrees Offered: BBA in accounting, MAcc, PhD in business administration (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 the knowledge and skills forming an educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting-related careers and enables students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education.
The MAcc program provides advanced accounting education with optional concentrations in taxation, financial reporting and assurance, and data analytics. Students receive the education 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 excel in accounting-related careers. Some students study accounting even if their primary interest resides in another business area because an accounting education enables them to have valuable knowledge and skills for easy entry into a wide variety businesses.
We are an academic community with the Shidler College of Business, whose mission is:
To provide students with the knowledge and skills forming 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 are available in private industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. Private industry employment may involve all or part of the various areas of accounting, financial, managerial, accounting information systems, and taxation, but emphasis differs depending on the type of employment: such as a comptroller, chief financial officer, internal auditor, forensic investigator, or credit analyst. In government, accounting graduates work in all the branches of federal, state, or local governments.
BBA in Accounting
Major Requirements (19 credits)
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 of Accountancy 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
Required Accounting courses (15 credits)
Elective Accounting courses, three of the following (9 credits)
Complete 15 credit hours of electives, at least 9 credits which are in any 400-600 level accounting course.
Financial Reporting and Assurance courses
Data Analytics courses
Accounting Internship (up to 3 credits)
CPA Review Courses (1 credit each)
Other Elective courses may include:
Students may take any two of the following:
Students may not count ACC 460 or courses used to fulfill MAcc deficiency or core requirements, nor MBA core classes BUS 621-632, 696. There is maximum 6 credits from the 400-level, and maximum 6 credits from outside of accounting. If a course is waived, another course in the same area of study and of the same or higher level must be substituted. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits to earn the Master of Accounting degree.
Optional Concentrations in the MAcc
Students have the option to pursue any concentration (taxation, financial reporting and assurance, or data analytics.)
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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