Friends University’s Graduate School will offer a Master of Business Administration in Accounting (MBAA) degree starting in August 2010. This degree is designed for students wishing to continue accounting courses past the bachelor’s degree level. The program’s purpose is to increase students’ skills in the functional areas of profit and non-profit organizations as well as prepare students for leadership positions in business.
The program will be offered every Wednesday night from 6 to 10 p.m. starting Aug. 18 for approximately two years. Using the cohort model, students will take one class for eight weeks before starting the next class, and students will continue to go through the program together. The model allows for consistency and convenience for working adults continuing their education.
“The idea behind the cohort model is that these learners become more engaged with each other to build a learning community that creates new knowledge as a new subject is introduced,” said Dr. Jay Johnson, MBAA program director and assistant professor of business. “The working adult likes a cohort model for its consistency and its group approach to learning.”
While not a preparatory class for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the courses in the program were inspired by materials found on the exam.
“Paired with a bachelor’s in accounting, the MBA in Accounting should complete all academic requirements for students wanting to take the CPA exam,” Dr. Johnson said.
Throughout the past 20 years, the Friends University Graduate School has offered academic programs designed to prepare students for professional career opportunities. Starting with quality faculty who have extensive industry experience in their discipline, and relevant curriculum, students receive the most up-to-date and practical educational experience available.