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Accounting (M.S.)

 Accounting services are becoming both broader and more specialized. The major changes that have occurred in the accounting profession dictate expanded and updated educational programs. The minimum education necessary for the professional accountant cannot be achieved in four years of undergraduate study. Although one may sit for the Uniform CPA Exam with only 120 hours of college credit, the Virginia Board of Accountancy requires one to have 150 semester hours of education to obtain the CPA License. Additionally, the number of fields open to accounting majors has increased dramatically in recent years requiring graduates to complete specialized courses in operational auditing, fraud examination, managerial accounting, taxation, etc. Therefore, the ideal model for a professional accounting education embodies a Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program that augments a broad undergraduate education. The MS in Accounting program at Old Dominion University is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students with courses offered in the evenings.

Accounting (M.S.)


Description


What is Accounting at ODU like?

 Accounting services are becoming both broader and more specialized. The major changes that have occurred in the accounting profession dictate expanded and updated educational programs. The minimum education necessary for the professional accountant cannot be achieved in four years of undergraduate study. Although one may sit for the Uniform CPA Exam with only 120 hours of college credit, the Virginia Board of Accountancy requires one to have 150 semester hours of education to obtain the CPA License. Additionally, the number of fields open to accounting majors has increased dramatically in recent years requiring graduates to complete specialized courses in operational auditing, fraud examination, managerial accounting, taxation, etc. Therefore, the ideal model for a professional accounting education embodies a Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program that augments a broad undergraduate education. The MS in Accounting program at Old Dominion University is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students with courses offered in the evenings.

Program Highlights


What makes Accounting at ODU unique?

  • You will be able to identify and solve ethical issues in accounting

  • You will be able to write clearly using proper grammar and spelling

  • You will be able to use things you learned in your business courses to answer accounting and business problems

  • You will understand how information technology can influence accounting decisions

  • You will be able to recognize and resolve accounting and business issues in a global setting

  • You will be able to identify and work out accounting issues in financial and management accounting, tax, and accounting information systems

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Accountants

$77,920

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Budget Analysts

$78,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Accounting at ODU?

ACCT 511:
Financial Auditing


This course is part of the IncludED All Access program; you should not purchase any course materials denoted by the IncludED logo as they are part of your course registration. In the event you drop this course from your schedule on or prior to the last day of DROP/ADD period, your account will be fully refunded automatically if you received a digital textbook. If you received a physical textbook you will need to return the textbook to the store and your account will be refunded at that time.

ACCT 630:
Financial Statement Analysis


This course covers the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, including the significant accounting issues involved in performing an effective evaluation of a company. Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Strome College of Business master's program and a B- in ACCT 301 and ACCT 302 or the equivalent.

ACCT 727:
Strategic Cost Management


This course focuses on advanced costing concepts, current management accounting practices, and analytical techniques employed by controllers in supporting their organizations' strategic planning processes. Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Strome College of Business master's program and a B- or better in ACCT 301 and ACCT 302 or equivalent.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Accounting at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Accounting should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Lecturer


Name:

Frank Holman CPA, MBA, MSA


Location:

2157 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4716


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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