Master of Science-Accounting
The Business Division in collaboration with the Accounting Department at La Roche College, have developed a Master of Science in Accounting. The program is tailored to meet the needs of the Accounting professional who is becoming more and more critical in businesses, both small and large. The 30-credit masters level Accounting Program will offer one of the few comprehensive, non-MBA, graduate Accounting programs in Western Pennsylvania.
It is our desire that students enrolled in the graduate program at La Roche will develop advanced accounting skills and techniques that can be put to use immediately to enhance their career and their competitiveness.
The graduate program will prepare the accounting student for the challenges and issues within the complex and changing field of accounting. The program will prepare students to succeed by exploring advance topics such as international accounting, updates in SEC reporting and contemporary topics in taxation. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their coursework, accounting principles and techniques to a real organization in the Applied Research in Accounting course.
Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Accounting, graduates will be prepared for successful careers in the accounting field, as well as provide the necessary preparation for CPA licensure.
- To provide students with sound theoretical background in the accounting field and develop professional competencies in advanced accounting, taxation, forensic accounting and advanced auditing.
- To provide students with the requisite specialized knowledge of advanced accounting principles and to do so in an ethical and responsible manner.
- To contribute to the profession of Accounting by preparing students for the CPA exam and/or requirements for licensure.
- A baccalaureate degree in business, accounting or finance from an accredited college or university.
- Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.25, who show extreme promise through other achievements, may be granted provisional admission with permission from the program chair. After six credits of graduate level coursework, these students will be reviewed and may be eligible for full admission after attaining a GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Prerequisite undergraduate courses include:
- Intermediate Accounting (LRC equivalent AC311 and AC312)
- Taxation I (LRC equivalent of AC301)
- Auditing (LRC equivalent of AC402)
A grade of a “C” or better is expected in these undergraduate prerequisites, otherwise the applicant will need to retake the prerequisite course(s) until their grade improves to a “C” or better. Applicants will not receive full acceptance into the program until prerequisite courses have been satisfactorily completed.
- Proficiency in written and oral communications, college level math, and computer usage including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and the Internet are required.
- Official transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended, submitted in a sealed envelope by the degree-granting institution
- Students whose official transcripts are not in English will be required to submit translated transcripts. If this applies to you, please ask your university to provide two original transcripts. The first set of transcripts must remain in the sealed envelope. The second set of transcripts should be sent to an official translation agency for translation.
- Two letters of recommendation/reference
- Personal essay of Professional and Academic Goals
- Completed and signed application form
- Payment of a non-refundable $50 application fee
- Participation in a personal interview once your complete application is received
- If you fail to meet one or more of the above criteria, or feel your earned GPA or standardized test scores are not indicative of your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program, please submit additional documentation to augment your application portfolio. For example the Graduate Admissions Office may consider a professional certification such as the CPA, CMA or other comparable accounting certifications as part of your admissions application.
- Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered for admittance into the Master of Science Accounting Program at La Roche College.