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Accountancy and Taxation

The Graduate Certificate Programs in Accountancy and in Taxation (ACCT-GC and TAXN-GC) each consists of 12 graduate credits. The ACCT-GC is designed for accountants seeking to expand their professional knowledge and/or meet the academic requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam. The TAXN-GC is designed for either accountants or attorneys. Courses taken in these programs may be used to fulfill Continuing Professional (or Legal) Education requirements. Credits earned in these certificate programs may also be applied towards the MACC or MST. Students interested in these certificate programs should contact the Accounting Department at (501) 569-3351.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicant must meet one of the following admissions criteria:

  1. Overall GPA (based on 4.0-point scale) greater than or equal to 2.80,
  2. GPA in last 60 semester hours (or equivalent) greater than or equal to 3.00, or
  3. GPA in last 30 semester hours (or equivalent) greater than or equal to 3.20.

Courses taken in fulfillment of a Graduate Certificate in Accountancy may be used as MBA, MACC, or MST electives. Concurrent enrollment in the Graduate Certificate and the MBA, MACC, or MST programs are permitted. Certificate students who are not concurrently enrolled in the MBA, MACC, or MST programs are limited to the courses in their respective certificate programs. Also, concurrent enrollment in a masters program requires meeting all admission standards in said masters program.

Graduate Certificate in Accountancy

Program Requirements

Required Core Course (3 credits)
    ACCT 7363 Accounting Theory and Research
Elective Courses (Select 9 credits)
    ACCT 7320 Tax Planning for Business Decisions
    ACCT 7340 International Accounting
    ACCT 7355 Research in Federal Taxation
    ACCT 7356 Federal Corporate Taxation
    ACCT 7360 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
    ACCT 7361 Advanced Topics in Auditing
    ACCT 7362 Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems
    ACCT 7364 Advanced Topics in Managerial Accounting
    ACCT 7365 State and Local Taxation
    ACCT 7368 Advanced Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
    ACCT 7369 International Taxation
    ACCT 7370 Estate and Gift Taxation
    ACCT 7371 Federal Tax Accounting
    ACCT 7372 Federal Tax Practice and Procedure
    ACCT 7199, 7299, or 7399 Independent Study
    ACCT 8300 Seminar in Current Topics

Graduate Certificate in Taxation

Program Requirements

Required Core Course (3 credits)
    ACCT 7355 Research in Federal Taxation

Note: Students with prior credit for ACCT 4323 Federal Research in Taxation will substitute an additional tax elective

Elective Courses (Select 9 credits)
    ACCT 7320 Tax Planning for Business Decisions
    ACCT 7356 Federal Corporate Taxation
    ACCT 7360 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
    ACCT 7365 State and Local Taxation
    ACCT 7369 International Taxation
    ACCT 7370 Estate and Gift Taxation
    ACCT 7371 Federal Tax Accounting
    ACCT 7372 Federal Tax Practice and Procedure
    ACCT 7199, 7299, or 7399 Independent Study (Tax Topics Only)
    ACCT 8300 Seminar in Current Topics (Tax Topics Only)

Graduate Certificate in Management and Management Information Systems

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree with either an overall GPA of at least 2.8, a 3.0 in the last 60 hours, or a 3.2 in the last 30 hours.
Exceptions:

Passage of select rigorous professional certification exams such as the Project Management Professional, MCSE, and MCSD exams. In this case, a résumé and personal interview required. Decision of the Management or Business Information Systems Department Admission Committee and/or Program Coordinator is final.

At least 5 years of substantial relevant professional experience. In this case, a résumé and personal interview required. Decision of the Management or Business Information Systems Department Admission Committee and/or Program Coordinator is final.

Graduate Certificate in Management Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Management consists of 12 hours of course work from the following courses:

Required Core Courses (6 hours)
    MGMT 7310 Management of Human Capital
    MGMT 7341 Strategic Human Resource Management
Elective Courses (6 hours)
    MGMT 7308 Advanced Business Communication
    MGMT 7311 Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Management
    MGMT 7312 Team Development
    MGMT 7313 Commercializing Innovations
    MGMT 7335 International Management
    MGMT 7371 Production/Operations Management
    MGMT 7398 Seminar in Special Topics
    One 5000-level course

Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in MIS consists of 12 hours of course work in the following courses as well as competency in Object-Oriented programming, which can be met with prior coursework or experience:

Two Courses from the Following Technical Courses (6 hours)
    MGMT 7303 Systems Development and Database Design
    or MGMT 5350 Database Management Systems
    MGMT 7304 Integrated Business Applications for Decision Making
    MGMT 7305 Advanced Database Management Systems
    MGMT 7307 Systems Analysis and Design Methods
    MGMT 5310 Network Technologies
Two Courses from the Following Managerial Courses(6 hours)
    MGMT 7308 Advanced Business Communication
    MGMT 7310 Management of Human Capital
    or MGMT 7313 Commercializing Innovations
    MGMT 7312 Team Development
    MGMT 7350 Information Systems Management
    or MGMT 7101 Developing Leadership Skills 1
    and MGMT 7250 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Technology
    MGMT 7352 Emerging Technologies and Strategic Issues

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