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ONU College of Business Administration to launch its first graduate degree program

Jun 27, 2011

The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University has announced its first graduate degree program: the master of professional practice in accounting (MPPA). Set to begin in fall 2012, this program will enable accounting professionals to obtain enough credit hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in the professional practice of accounting.

“This new graduate program will be a distinctive addition to the college’s program offerings,” says Dr. James Fenton Jr., dean of the College of Business Administration. “We have developed a very different accounting graduate program compared to most on the market.”

Students enrolled in the program can choose between two track options: taxation (TaxTrack) or forensic accounting/audit services (FAASTrack).

FAASTrack, a blended online curriculum, will allow students to pursue the study of all facets of forensic accounting and internal/external auditing. The TaxTrack curriculum will be taught by ONU law and business professors in the areas of tax compliance, tax planning, tax research and tax litigation.

The program’s forensic accounting track will be delivered via distance education to attract students from a wide geographical area.

In addition to distance learners, ONU’s MPPA program will target a number of other potential, qualified students. Qualified high school students thinking about majoring in accounting will be able to move directly from ONU’s undergraduate accounting program into one of the two curriculum tracks. Transfer students who have completed a two-year program can finish their baccalaureate degree at ONU and then enter the MPPA program. Public accounting professionals can add the graduate accounting degree on a full- or part-time basis.

Current ONU students, such as undergraduate business students with accounting electives or ONU law students with accounting backgrounds, also may choose to add the graduate accounting degree.

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