Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    Jun 07, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Combined Master of Professional Accounting, MPAcc and Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.


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The University of West Georgia now offers a path for students to earn their MPAcc and MBA degrees concurrently. This option develops the proficiencies students need to succeed in today’s competitive job market.
 
Graduates qualify to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the state of Georgia and earn sufficient graduate-level accounting hours to teach as a full-time lecturer or part-time adjunct faculty at the University level.
 
The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The undergraduate accounting, MPAcc, and combined MPAcc-MBA programs also carry the distinction of individual, specialized AACSB accreditation.

Learning Outcomes

MPAcc Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing.
  • Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment.
  • Recognize the importance of ethical decision making.
  • Understand the major forms of accounting and be able to apply these principles and practices in a professionally responsible manner to accounting and business processes and systems.

MBA Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing.
  • Work effectively with others and lead in organizational situations.
  • Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment.
  • Recognize the importance of ethical decision making.
  • Integrate analytical and problem solving skills with concepts and theories from all functional areas of business.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the combined MPAcc-MBA program must be admitted into both the MPAcc and MBA programs. Applicants should review the “Admissions” tab on the following web pages for program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission:

  • MPAcc program   https://www.westga.edu/academics/business/program_page.php?program_id=77
  • MBA program      https://www.westga.edu/academics/business/program_page.php?program_id=59

 

Course Requirements

The combined MPAcc/MBA degrees require successful completion of 45 graduate course hours. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree must complete 15 additional upper division undergraduate accounting hours. Students without an undergraduate business degree must also fulfill a five business course core requirement, which may be taken in a face-to-face classroom setting or as self-study modules. 

*Select either ECON 2105 or ECON 2106

Business Core Courses


  • ACCT 2101   Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2102   Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON 2105* Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106* Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 3402  Statistics for Business I
  • FINC 3511    Corporate Finance

Basic Accounting Courses


  • ACCT 3212  Financial Reporting I
  • ACCT 3213  Financial Reporting II
  • ACCT 3232  Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 3251  Income Tax Accounting for Individuals
  • ACCT 4241  Accounting Information Systems

Additional Requirements


A minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 is required for all combined MPAcc-MBA students. Only courses in which a student previously earned a grade lower than a “B” may be repeated. Students may repeat no more than two graduate courses. Only one repeat per course is allowed. The new grade will not replace the previously earned grade; instead, the grade received in the second attempt will be averaged into the student’s overall GPA calculation.  If a student’s cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0, the University’s policies on academic probation, suspension, and dismissal apply (see Academic Standards in the General Academic Policies section of the catalog).

All requirements must be completed within six (6) years from the date of matriculation as a graduate student.

Any combined MPAcc-MBA student earning a grade of “F” or “WF” during the course of his or her program of study will be subject to dismissal from the program.

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