3/1/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University has launched an accelerated degree program that will allow accounting majors to complete both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in five years or less.
Dr. Kris Parsons, associate professor of accounting, said she believes this will be a great program for cost-conscious students because it allows them to earn both degrees in less time and for less money.
“This new program is designed to allow undergraduates to complete their coursework for a bachelor’s degree in accounting in a little over three years.” Parsons said. “Students combine bachelor’s- and master’s-level courses in their fourth year and then finish their MBA in their fifth year. As MBA students, they will have the option to take some of their graduate courses online or in a flexible hybrid format.”
Parsons also noted that the program’s flexibility creates the possibility of a student graduating from high school with sufficient college credits to finish the program in less than five years.
Dr. Dan Fox, chair of the accounting and information systems department, said the new accelerated degree program is geared to students who are comfortable with an academic challenge. The program is also designed to include a one-semester internship.
“The program is designed to provide the student with the necessary accounting courses and the 150-credit hours many states require before a candidate is qualified to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam,” Fox said.
Fox emphasized the importance of providing students with multiple career opportunities in accounting. While the curriculum prepares students for careers as CPAs, students can also choose to pursue the coursework that will prepare them for careers as Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), and Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs).
“Also, the program will build on the undergraduate accounting experience by using graduate courses to develop broader and deeper technical accounting knowledge and enhanced communication and problem-solving skills necessary for success in professional accountancy and business,” he said.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.