Florida Southern To Offer Master of Accountancy Degree

Dec 11, 2013

by Cary McMullen | Publications Editor

The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College has announced it will offer a new graduate degree next year specializing in accounting.

The master of accountancy (MAcc) is an innovative 16-month degree program that will prepare students for the certified public accounting examination and a career in accounting. Tuition will include the cost of the Becker CPA review course, considered the gold standard for preparation for the CPA exam.

The program will follow a cohort model, with up to 20 students admitted per cohort, said Dr. Lynn Clements, Dorotha C. Tanner Professor of Ethics in Business and Economics and a professor of accounting at FSC. She described the classes as a hybrid of traditional and online coursework, with students meeting in a classroom on campus one Saturday per month.

Undergraduates in the Barnett School who qualify for early admission may be able to receive their bachelors and MAcc degrees in 4½ years, Clements said. However, the program is open to those holding a bachelor’s degree in business who want to complete a fifth year of specialized coursework in preparation for their CPA licensure. Some seats may be available to non-degree students, she said.

“We have been working on creating this program for almost a year. It represents a paradigm shift in accounting studies,” Clements said. “It’s very synergistic, especially for the early admissions students. They have to put more into their classes.”

The first cohort will begin classes in August 2014. Applications will be accepted beginning in mid-December.