Faculty: Professor Schwarzbach, director of graduate studies. Professors Beckman, Hazera, Jervis, and Schwarzbach; Associate Professors Blanthorne, Boyle and Jelinek; Assistant Professors Dill and Triki.
MASTER OF SCIENCE
The Master of Science in accounting program is designed for students with a variety of educational backgrounds and professional experience who want to enter the field of accounting. The program provides a strong accounting and business foundation for the student with an undergraduate degree in an area other than accounting. These students graduate with a theoretical understanding of accounting along with the necessary technical background. They are equipped to perform exceedingly well as professionals in public and corporate accounting. The objective for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting is to provide a fifth year of conceptual, theoretical, and technical education in accounting, finance, analytics, and other areas where the student can gain the most toward achieving his or her educational objectives. The Master of Science in accounting program has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) since 1972.
An applicant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited institution can complete the program of study in one year. Applicants with no prior education in business will need to spend eighteen months or two years in full-time study or longer if studying part-time. The course of study is divided into two parts. Part one is a common body of knowledge in business and accounting courses that are required for all students without a bachelor’s degree in business. The student’s undergraduate record is evaluated, and common body of knowledge courses are waived when a student has undergraduate or MBA equivalents. The second phase of the program allows the students to build on their accounting foundation and develop a high level of theoretical knowledge and a sound understanding of accounting principles and techniques. During the second part of the program, the student selects an area of specialization. Two areas are available: 1) financial reporting and auditing, or 2) taxation.
Admission requirements: An undergraduate grade point average of approximately 3.2 or above and a score at the 50th percentile or above on the GMAT or GRE examination are expected. Students with a major in accounting and 3.5/4 or better GPA, from an AACSB accredited institution are exempt from the GMAT/GRE requirement. The GMAT/GRE score and the undergraduate grade point average are not the sole criteria for admission. However, those with undergraduate grade point averages of less than 3.2 or with lower than 50th percentile scores on the GMAT have a reduced probability of admission. Applicants for whom English is not the native language will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communications. The Master of Science in Accounting program follows the Graduate School Guidelines which can be found at uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/.
Program requirements: From 30 to 60 credits, depending on undergraduate program. A course requiring a major paper involving independent study is required in the nonthesis option. All graduate-level courses offered by the College of Business Administration are open to matriculated graduate students only.