Two master of business administration (MBA) degree options will be available to Columbia area residents in September through William Woods University. One is a regular MBA and the other is an MBA with an accounting emphasis.
The programs will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the university’s Columbia facility, 3100 Falling Leaf Ct.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MBA with accounting emphasis was created in response to accounting industry educational requirements adopted in recent years.
Until a few years ago, the accounting profession had not required post-baccalaureate education. A special commission of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recommended a comprehensive restructuring of professional standards. The AICPA membership then voted to require applicants for membership after the year 2000 to have 150 hours of education and a baccalaureate degree.
Each state is responsible for its own requirements and adoption date. In Missouri, anyone registering for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam since June 30,1999, has had to comply with the new 150-hour rule. The purpose of this new state requirement is to better prepare accountants to deal with the many facets of their jobs.
The MBA Accounting degree at William Woods is a 36-hour program designed to equip accounting professionals with a broad array of skills and knowledge for professional practice. The program provides a well-rounded preparation for business professionals who wish to sit for the CPA examination.
According to Betsy Tutt, WWU vice president of external initiatives, a combination of a CPA with an MBA is an increasingly more popular and marketable combination.
Prospective students targeted for this program are those who have an undergraduate accounting degree or heavy emphasis in accounting and want to pursue an MBA in an accelerated evening format. Admission requirements also include a minimum of two years full-time work experience.
“The emphasis in accounting fits beautifully into our existing MBA program,” Brian Lemons, director of business programs for WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies, said.
“We can easily modify it to appeal to people who want to continue working while pursuing an advanced degree. It’s a perfect fit for our program, which is practitioner based, accelerated and convenient.”
William Woods University has been offering graduate and adult studies programs to meet the educational needs of the full-time working adult since 1992. Programs are offered across the state for the convenience of interested students.
The MBA program is an 80-week, 36-credit-hour program designed to further prepare the working professional for a career in general management. Classroom activities are designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice, making for a true applications-oriented program.
According to Lemons, the MBA with accounting emphasis is unique to mid-Missouri. William Woods also offers a regular MBA, as well as MBAs with concentrations in human resources and health management.
William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu.