Faculty: Professor Schwarzbach, director of graduate studies. Professors Beckman, Martin, and Matoney; Associate Professors Boyle and Hazera; Assistant Professors Graham, Jervins, and Blanthorne.
Master of Science
The Master of Science in accounting program is appropriate for students with a variety of educational backgrounds and professional interests. The program’s objective is to provide an accounting and business foundation for the student with an undergraduate degree in an area other than accounting. These students graduate with a strong theoretical understanding of accounting along with the necessary technical background. They are equipped to perform exceedingly well in entry-level positions in accounting. An objective for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting is to provide a fifth year of conceptual, theoretical, and technical education in accounting, finance, management science, and other areas where the student and program director feel the student can gain the most toward achieving his or her educational objectives.
An applicant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited institution can complete the program of study in one year. Applicants with no prior education in business will need to spend 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 that is 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 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 B or above and a score at the 50th percentile or above on the GMAT examination are expected. The GMAT score and the undergraduate grade point average are not the sole criteria for admission. However, those with undergraduate grade point averages of less than B or with lower than 50th percentile scores on the GMAT have a reduced probability of admission. The GRE may be used in lieu of the GMAT at the discretion of the director of graduate studies. Applicants for whom English is not the native language will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communications (TOEFL score of 91 or above), or they may be required to correct deficiencies by taking selected courses for no program credit. The University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the TOEFL; see uri.edu/gsadmis/gs_apply_int.
Program requirements: From 30 to 63 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.