Accounting Program Receives National Rank with U.S. News

Published: February 11, 2015 | Author: Alex Homer | Read Time: 2 minutes

Taking online classes can be taxing, but for Southern Utah University students graduating with their master’s of accountancy (MAcc) they know getting their degree online is adding up with the program's recent recognition from U.S. News as a Best Online Graduate Business Degree.

Currently celebrating its 10th birthday, the graduate accounting program is adding up numbers that can’t be seen at any other online graduate program in the state, according to David Christensen, accounting department chair.

Christensen went on to say, “It’s an advantage to get your education online because if you can work during the day and make a salary and fit your education around that, everyone is better off.”

Program administrators recently gained information from a survey taken by accounting professionals stating that the number one attribute they are looking for in MAcc graduates is communication skills, something Christensen states SUU focuses on.

With an employment rate near 100 percent, the MAcc program excels in giving students an advantage to prepare themselves for the business world, something that Bryan Cameron, an accounting graduate student, attributes to his success in getting a job at Deloitte, one of the top four largest accounting firms in the world, as soon as he graduates.

“The MAcc at SUU helped me network with Deloitte and provided me the opportunity to apply for many internships,” Cameron said. “I have been able to intern with the Leavitt Group as a regional controllers assistant as well as Hinton Burdick as a tax preparer and Deloitte as an external auditor. All of these experiences came through the dedicated staff at SUU.”

Cameron has an emphasis in public accounting to go along with his MAcc and has signed with Deloitte in San Jose starting fall of 2015 and believes that the MAcc has also been a great tool in helping him prepare for the certified public accountant exam, a test many MAcc students will look to pass.

US News ranks university programs based on faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, and admissions selectivity. This ranking does not include MBA programs.

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