Accounting, MAcct

Anderson School of Management

Program Description:

The Master of Accounting degree offers four concentrations. All concentrations are a 33 credit hour program of study.

Advanced Accounting

The Advanced Accounting concentration is designed for individuals who have already earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting. This concentration consists of five core accounting courses, a minimum of four additional accounting courses and two approved accounting or business electives.

Requirements: Students must take the following 15 credit hours of accounting course work: MGMT 546, 554, 555, 635 and one from the following tax courses: MGMT 547, 590, 591, 592, 593. At least 12 additional credit hours of accounting course work can come from the following: MGMT 548, 553, 559, 594 (special topics in accounting only), 640, 643.

The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have an undergraduate major in accounting from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in both upper-division classes and accounting classes. Students must fulfill all other admission requirements.

Information Assurance

The Information Assurance concentration is designed for individuals who have already earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting, and who wish to pursue advanced studies in attesting to and ensuring the integrity of financial information. This concentration consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of accounting course work with 12 credit hours in information assurance accounting, and 9 credit hours of non-accounting accounting course work, with a minimum of 3 credit hours in information assurance.

Requirements: Students must complete the following information assurance accounting courses: MGMT 546, 554, 635 or 641, 642, one from the following tax courses: MGMT 547, 590, 591, 592, 593, and complete the following information assurance course: MGMT 636. At least 6 credit hours of accounting course work must be completed from the following courses: MGMT 551 or 552, 553, 555, 594 (special topics in accounting only), 641.  Six credit hours of non-accounting course work must be completed from the following courses: MGMT 637, 646, 647, 648, 649. Students not meeting the overall concentration requirements with the above classes can do so with additional accounting and non-accounting courses in consultation with the concentration advisor.

The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have an undergraduate major in accounting from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in both upper-division classes and accounting classes. Students must fulfill all other admission requirements.

Professional Accounting

The Professional Accounting concentration is designed for individuals who have a non-accounting undergraduate degree and wish to enter public accounting as a certified professional. The concentration requires the successful completion of two introductory courses consisting of a preliminary financial accounting course and a preliminary managerial accounting course taken prior to or after admission to the program and consists of 27 credit hours of specified accounting course work, plus 6 credit hours of specified non-accounting course work.

Requirements: Students may complete the two introductory courses by taking MGMT 502 and 503 at Anderson School of Management.  Students not completing the introductory courses at ASM should consult with the accounting faculty advisor about other course work that will fulfill the introductory course requirements prior to taking any courses. Students must complete the following courses: MGMT 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 546, 549, 550 or 554, 559, 640 or 643, 626.

Students must consult with the accounting faculty advisor and request written approval for alternate graduate course work that may satisfy the MGMT 626 requirement. Students who have completed MGMT 326 at Anderson School of Management should not take MGMT 626 and must visit with the accounting faculty advisor about which graduate course to take instead of MGMT 626.

The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have a B.B.A. from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum of 3.25 GPA in all upper-division course work. Students granted the waiver must also attend the Anderson School of Management Writing Workshop. Students must fulfill all other admission requirements.

Tax Accounting

The Tax Accounting concentration is designed for individuals who have already earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting wishing to pursue advanced studies in taxation. The concentration consists of five core accounting courses, a minimum of four tax accounting courses and two approved accounting or business electives.

Requirements: Students must take the following 15 credit hours of accounting course work: MGMT 546, 554, 555, 635 and one from the following tax courses: MGMT 547, 590, 591, 592, 593. At least 12 additional credit hours of tax accounting course work can come from the following: MGMT 542, 547, 590, 591, 592, 593.

MGMT 542 may not count towards the concentration, if the student has taken the undergraduate equivalent.

The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have an undergraduate major in accounting from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in both upper-division classes and accounting classes. Students must fulfill all other admission requirements.



Admission Requirements:

M.Acct. (Advanced and Tax Concentrations)
The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Accounting Program are (1) a bachelor's degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited school, (2) a grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of college coursework including any post-baccalaureate work as well as an average of 3.0 for all accounting courses, and (3) a score equal to or greater than 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or (4) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score that is deemed to be greater than or equivalent to 500 on the GMAT using a conversion tool available from the Anderson School advisement office. The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have an undergraduate major in accounting from an AACSB accredited school with a minimum of 3.25 GPA in both upper-division and accounting classes.

M.Acct. (Professional Concentration)
The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Accounting Program are (1) a grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of college coursework including any post baccalaureate work, and (2) a score equal to or greater than 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or (3) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score that is deemed to be greater than or equivalent to 500 on the GMAT using a conversion tool available from the Anderson School advisement office. The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have a B.B.A. from an AACSB accredited school with a minimum of 3.25 GPA in all upper-division coursework. Students granted the waiver must also attend the Anderson School Writing workshop.

The professional concentration accepts applications for Fall, Spring, or Summer admission. However, the professional concentration primarily admits students to begin the program in the Fall Semester because of course scheduling. If you are applying for admission to the professional concentration of the Master of Accounting in the Spring or Summer, please email ProfMACCT@mgt.unm.edu prior to submission of your application to determine if you meet the course requirements necessary for consideration of a Spring or Summer admission.

A formal application, plus all additional admission requirements, must be submitted by all students, including graduates of the Anderson School of Management. Applications for admission are available online at http://mba.mgt.unm.edu. A nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 must accompany the application.



Career Opportunities:

The basic purpose of accounting is to provide relevant information to management, investors, creditors, government and sometimes the general public. Accounting is an indispensable to running a business. Accountants participate in planning, analyzing and steering the activities of firms and individuals; providing tax advice and preparation services; and preparing statistics for private and government surveys. However, accounting is not simply number-crunching. Accounting provides information to make investment decisions, extend or withhold credit, and develop or refine corporate strategy. A degree in accounting can be the first step towards earning a CPA, being a tax attorney, or becoming the CFO of a company.  


Contact Information:

Richard Brody: Professor
(505) 277-7258
brody@unm.edu

Craig White: Professor
(505) 277-8777
white@mgt.unm.edu