The University of Texas-Pan American's Department of Accounting offers two new programs - the Master of Science in accounting (MSA) and the Master of Accountancy (MACC) - both programs are accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The MSA program, a combined bachelor's and master's program, was designed for students who do not have their bachelor's degree. The MACC program is a master's program that requires students to meet the UTPA requirements for admission to graduate school.
"The unique thing about this program (MACC) is that it is offered online," said Dr. Wig De Moville, chair and professor of the Department of Accounting and Business Law. "Anyone from around the world can log on and take these courses."
That is actually what the College of Business Administration is hoping will happen. Persons interested in obtaining a master's or needing hours for continuing education or for meeting the education prerequisites to sit for the Uniformed Certified Public Accountant examination can take classes from their own home making accessibility easier than ever. De Moville is hopeful that the online program will attract students not only from Texas, but also from Mexico where advanced degrees in accounting are not available.
"We will be using the Center for Distance Learning to put the program online. They use a great piece of software called WEB CT that allows students to download a professor's lectures, up-load presentations and engage in online class discussions," De Moville said. "What makes our online program so great is all of our classes are taught entirely by our own Ph.D. qualified faculty. It provides for a higher quality program. All of the graduate courses are offered online or in the classroom."
Although the idea for the programs began in 1992, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the master degree proposals November 7 allowing for this newest addition of courses to be added to UTPA's inventory of programs.
For more information on the programs contact 956/381-2406 or visit www.panam.edu/accounting/