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Catalog 2020-2021

The Program for the Master of Arts in Accounting

The purpose of this program is to provide outstanding, liberally educated students with the technical, theoretical, and interpersonal skills required for successful careers in industry, public accounting, not-for-profit organizations, financial institutions, governmental organizations, education, and consulting. Successful completion of this program will assist students in qualifying to sit for the CPA examination in Arkansas or other states and may enable them to waive certain courses in MBA and other graduate programs. This program has a broad perspective, including traditional accounting as well as topics in economics, statistics, finance, and law. These requirements develop and enhance quantitative problem-solving and decision-making skills. Extensive use of modern techniques using computer applications and real-world data enables students to be prepared for the rigorous requirements of the business world.  Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio make possible individualized and specialized instruction.  Students are able to complete this degree in one year (two semesters) of coursework. 

Students with majors in Accounting, Economics, or Economics and Business may apply for admission to the program during the final year of their bachelor's degree work.  Accepted students receive a letter of acceptance and are allowed to register for courses.  However, the bachelor's degree must be completed before classes begin in the first semester of the program. Interested students should contact the department chair for details and admission information. The Economics and Business section of this Catalog contains detailed requirements and options for the required 8 courses in business and economics. Other general requirements for the major include the following: 

  • An average of 2.0 or better must be obtained on all courses counted toward the degree. 
  • No more than 2 courses can be transferred in from other programs. 
  • Hendrix students may take up to 2 graduate courses in their senior year and transfer them into the graduate program. However, the students cannot also use these two courses to meet undergraduate requirements.