This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The purpose of the Master of Accountancy program is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to be future leaders in the professional business community and the public sector for students who wish to specialize in the areas of accounting/information systems, auditing, financial reporting and accounting/other fields of business.
Student learning outcomes
- Students demonstrate current knowledge of financial accounting standards and other professional guidance that affects the profession, and they are able to apply that knowledge in a variety of professional contexts.
- Students demonstrate the ability to analyze accounting data, propose recommendations and design appropriate methods to communicate their recommendations.
- Students demonstrate the ability to distinguish ethical dilemmas and apply the appropriate ethical principles in a variety of accounting contexts and circumstances. Students evaluate information in a manner free of distortion, personal bias or conflicts of interest; recognize situations where professional ethical standards apply; respect confidentiality.
VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.
Degree candidacy requirements
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.
School of Business policies and procedures for graduate students are available on the school’s website.
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu
|Degree:||Semester(s) of entry:||Deadline dates:||Test requirements:|
|M.Acc.||Fall||Jul 1||GMAT or GRE*|
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants to the Master of Accountancy degree program who do not hold an undergraduate degree in accounting or business may be required to take up to 24 credit hours of business prerequisite courses and 27 credit hours of accounting prerequisite courses. These prerequisite courses may be waived for students who have successfully completed an equivalent course.
Students may not be concurrently enrolled in the Master of Accountancy program and the post-baccalaureate undergraduate Certificate in Accounting program.
Test requirements may be waived. Waiver request information can be found on the Graduate Studies in Business webpage.
Prerequisite undergraduate and foundation courses
Prerequisite and/or foundation courses may be waived for students who present satisfactory equivalent preparation at either the undergraduate or graduate level. This determination is made by the faculty adviser at the time of admission.
|Prerequisite undergraduate courses|
|Select eight from:|
& ACCT 204
|Introduction to Accounting I|
and Introduction to Accounting II
|or ACCT 205||Introductory Accounting Survey|
|ACCT 301||Federal Income Taxation for Individuals||3|
|ACCT 303||Intermediate Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 304||Intermediate Accounting II||3|
|ACCT 305||Intermediate Accounting III||3|
|ACCT 306||Cost Accounting||3|
|ACCT 307||Accounting Systems||3|
|SCMA 524||Statistical Fundamentals for Business Management||3|
In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students in the Master of Accountancy program must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work.
|ACCT 604||Advanced Auditing||3|
|ACCT 610||Forensic Accounting||3|
|ACCT 662||Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems||3|
|ACCT 680||Tax Research and Planning||3|
|SCMA 648||Business Data Analytics||3|
|Data analytics concentration electives|
|Select 12 credits from the following:||12|
|Data-centric Re-engineering Analysis/Planning|
|Information Systems Management|
or INFO 661
|Information Systems for Managers|
|Information Systems for Business Intelligence|
|SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management|
|Statistical Analysis and Modeling|
|Applied Multivariate Methods|
|Advanced Decision Analytics|
|Developing and Implementing Forecasting Methods for Business|
|Select one course from the following:||3|
|Financial Management of Financial Institutions|
|Investments and Security Analysis|
|Short-term Financial Management|
|Leading People and Organizations|
|Supply Chain Innovation|
The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for this degree is 30.
Graduate Studies in Business
Program website: business.vcu.edu/graduate-studies/master-of-accountancy