5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Department of Commerce
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Accounting   Candidates may complete either 24 graduate course credits and write a thesis for six credits (thesis option), or complete 30 graduate course credits (non-thesis option). Twelve credits of core courses are required in both cases leaving up to 18 credits to be elected by the student.

The objective of the program is to prepare candidates for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and public accounting practice. The core courses extend the breadth and depth of candidates' basic conceptual accounting and general business knowledge through advanced work in financial and managerial accounting theory, quantitative methods, and organizational behavior. The electives afford candidates the flexibility to design a program to meet their individual objectives, including the ability to pursue a degree of specialization in one of four tracks -- financial accounting and auditing, taxation, information systems, and financial management. Electives may be selected from the offerings of other departments, with approval, in addition to Commerce. A pervasive element of the program is the cultivation in each candidate of a sense of professionalism, and an understanding of the dynamic environmental factors which influence the accounting profession.

There is no foreign language requirement. Each candidate's program must be approved by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies or a graduate advisor. Students entering without an undergraduate accounting background are required to do considerable preparatory work in accounting and general business subjects. These students will generally require two years to complete the program.

The M.S. in Accounting program is fully accredited under the Standards of Accreditation of Accountancy Programs approved by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Combined JD/MS in Accounting Degree Program Persons admitted to the School of Law can earn both the J.D. and M.S. in Accounting degrees. Individuals must apply for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the usual manner. Commerce studies usually begin after one year in the School of Law. Students must meet all of the requirements specified by the respective schools. A student may receive up to 12 of the 86 credits for the J.D. degree by successful completion of graduate-level work in the Department of Commerce. Similarly, a student may receive up to six of the 30 credits required for the M.S. degree for successful completion of coursework in the School of Law. Law students completing the M.S. program also have the option to write a thesis for six credits, reducing the coursework requirement to 24 credits, six in the School of Law and 18 in Commerce.

Master of Science in Management Information Systems   The MS/MIS program is a 30-credit curriculum building on undergraduate course experience in business and MIS. The curriculum consists of 15 credits of core courses, a set of electives, and a field research project. The core extends the breadth and depth of the candidate's basic conceptual MIS knowledge through advanced work in system design, database design, data communication and networking, and expert systems.

Electives allow candidates to tailor the program to meet their individual objectives. For example, candidates may pursue an area of specialization in the management of information systems, database design for small business, or structured design for building accounting information systems. Electives may be selected from the offerings of the graduate MIS and Accounting programs, the School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science, the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, or other departments, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

There is no foreign language requirement. Each candidate's program must be approved by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies or a graduate advisor. Students entering without an undergraduate business background are required to do considerable preparatory work in MIS and general business subjects. These students will generally require two years to complete the program.

The M.S. in MIS program is fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.


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