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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 General Catalog

Graduate Business Studies


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School Information

Dean: Carl R. Templin
Business 303 ~ (435) 586-5401

Program Directors:

MAcc:  Robin Boneck
Business 324 ~ (435) 586-7773

MBA:  R. Kim Craft
Business 319 ~ (435) 586-5414

Graduate Program Coordinator:  Patricia Palmer
Business 322 ~ (435) 586-5462

Graduate Faculty: Professors: Gerald Calvasina, David Christensen, Kim Craft, Roy Johnson, Tim Lewis, Carl Templin, David Tufte;
Associate Professors: Robin Boneck, Bruce Haslem, Michael Kroff, Tyler Stillman
Assistant Professors: Bryan Graden
Professional in Residence: Jeff Orton

Degrees Offered 

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)    
Degree Requirements for Managerial Accounting Emphasis  
Degree Requirements for Public Accounting Emphasis  
Degree Requirements for Taxation Emphasis  

    
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)  For Degree Requirements Click Here              

**graduate business programs accredited by AACSB.

Overview of Programs

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
The MAcc degree was established to satisfy Utah’s requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam - 150 semester credit hours with 30 credit hours of post graduate course work. The MAcc program provides greater breadth and depth to further develop the knowledge and skills to enter professional accountancy. With nearly 100 percent placement rate, most MAcc graduates are employed by accounting firms or government agencies in Utah, Nevada, and California. Typical jobs include positions in taxation, auditing, and controllership.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The SUU Master of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. In our accelerated program, full-time students can complete the MBA in one year if they have previously satisfied a set of foundation-course requirements typically attained with a bachelor’s degree in a business field. A comprehensive program, which can be completed in two years of full-time study, is also available for those without prior business training. MBA courses are offered in both face-to-face and online formats, and the entire degree can be completed online if desired

Mission

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
The mission of the Accountancy Program in the School of Business at Southern Utah University is to achieve excellence in accounting education through teaching, research, and service. The program endeavors to provide high-quality accounting preparation for professional careers to students, to make intellectual contributions to the field of accounting through the dissemination of research, and to provide service.

The primary mission is to provide high-quality accounting preparation for professional careers in public accounting, industry, and other organizations. The undergraduate program is devoted to providing basic accounting and business knowledge and skills, along with general education, needed for career development. The graduate program provides greater breadth and depth in accounting and other business disciplines to further develop the knowledge and skills to enter professional accountancy and related business careers. The fostering of an active student accounting organization is fundamental to the career development process.

Intellectual contributions to the field of accounting are secondary, but fundamental to the mission of the program. These include the dissemination of the results of accounting and pedagogical research, and the development and use of relevant accounting textbooks, case studies, and other instructional materials. The program seeks to address contemporary problems faced by the accounting profession, accounting education, or management primarily to enrich the educational experience of students in the classroom, and to advance knowledge.

Tertiary, but also fundamental to the mission of the program, is service to the University, the accounting profession, and society in general. Service is provided through participation in university committees, professional organization and seminars, sponsoring student organizations, and consulting activities. In addition to assisting others, service experiences develop the knowledge and skills of those who serve, and provide relevant, practical examples for use in the classroom.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Southern Utah University MBA program produces capable business leaders who are prepared with the necessary management and research skills to make high quality business decisions in either an entrepreneurial or staff capacity.

While we provide our MBA students with a solid foundation of human and technical management knowledge and skills, a hallmark of our program is the opportunity for students to pursue projects and mentored study on issues of their own interest. Our commitment to this process of active learning is driven by our desire to produce confident leaders who can think critically, engage in a process of discovery, and implement appropriate policies.

The MBA further supports the vision and mission of the School of Business by increasing the level of academic opportunity for the region, while enhancing the visibility and reputation of the School and University.

Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

  1. Use quantitative analysis and information technology to support decision making.
  2. Effectively communicate information relevant to accounting.
  3. Develop resolve to have moral courage in accounting.
  4. Prepare for a professional career in accounting.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  1. Develop effective written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Develop an understanding of the global, ethical, and socio-political context of business.
  3. Use and integrate knowledge from core areas of business.
  4. Effectively use strategic analysis and decision-making skills, supported by appropriate quantitative methods and information technology.

Other Information

Requirements for Admission to the School of Business Graduate Programs

Admission to the MAcc program is based on the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in a business-related field or completion of the entire MAcc foundation core: (https://www.suu.edu/business/pdf/worksheets/1516/macc.pdf)
  3. Minimum GPA of at least 3.0, based on the greater of the following calculations: 1) cumulative GPA, 2) GPA for the last 60 credit hours or 3) GPA from all foundation coursework.
  4. Index score of at least 1400 computed as follows: Index Score = 200 x (GPA, per item 3 above) + 1.5 x (Total GMAT score)
  • The GRE may be used in lieu of the GMAT. A GMAT comparison tool for score conversion can be found here:  http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited business program with a GPA of at least to 3.7, per item 3 above, are not required to submit a GMAT test score. Students who do not qualify for this GMAT waiver must submit GMAT/GRE scores with the student application file for consideration.
  1. Three letters of academic recommendation (requirement waived for SUU business graduates).
  2. Students with a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the U.S. must provide an international evaluation and course syllabi for content review prior to acceptance to the program. Please see:  https://www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf

Admission to the accelerated (1-year) MBA program is based on the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of at least 24 credit hours of the MBA foundation coursework:
  1. Attainment of either of the following:
  • A GPA and total GMAT score that jointly yield an Index Score of at least 1400, where Index Score = 200 x (GPA on last 60 undergraduate credit hours) + 1.5 x (Total GMAT score)

Note: The GRE may be used in lieu of the GMAT. A GMAT comparison tool for score conversion can be found here:  http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool

  • Undergraduate coursework that meets the following conditions: (1) an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; (2) completion of the foundation-coursework requirement from an AACSB-accredited business program; and (3) a cumulative GPA in the foundation coursework of at least 3.3
  1. Three letters of academic recommendation (requirement waived for SUU business graduates).
  2. Students with a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the U.S. must provide an international evaluation and course syllabi for content review prior to acceptance to the program. Please see:  https://www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf

Admission to the comprehensive (2-year) MBA program is based on the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Demonstrated math proficiency at the level of College Algebra (satisfied with a grade of B- or better in a standard course in College Algebra).
  4. Three letters of academic recommendation.
  5. Students with a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the U.S. must provide an international evaluation prior to acceptance to the program. Please see: https://www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf

Conditional Admission

Under certain circumstances, and at the discretion of the graduate committee, prospective students who do not strictly meet all acceptance requirements may be admitted to the MBA or MAcc programs conditionally. For those admitted conditionally, continuation in the program is contingent on meeting requirements specified by the graduate committee.

Professional work experience is the primary consideration for conditional admission. Prospective students seeking conditional admission must include a detailed resume with their application demonstrating at least three years of significant experience in the field of accounting for the MAcc program, or significant managerial experience for the MBA program.

Application Process

For first consideration, students are encouraged to submit applications by July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester, or March 1 for summer semester. Applications may be considered after these dates, until one week prior to the start of classes each semester, if space is available and all application materials are in order. Please note that applications for graduate assistantships, tuition waivers and other forms of financial aid may be due prior to these dates. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed Graduate Application form.
  2. A non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the SUU Admissions Office.
  4. Official GMAT or GRE test score, if applicable.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, if applicable.
  6. Students with a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the U.S. must provide the additional materials described here: https://www.suu.edu/graduatestudies/prospective/international-req.html

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students must complete their program within 6 years of matriculation. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate courses to graduate. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 average GPA may be dismissed from the program. No grade below a “C” will be counted toward graduation. Graduate courses cannot be repeated more than once.

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