The Master of Accounting and Information Systems (MACIS) program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. Entering students who have not already done so must complete the following prerequisite courses: one course each in fundamentals of accounting, principles of macro- and microeconomics, business statistics, business law, principles of management, principles of marketing, principles of finance, fundamentals of management science, and business policy. There are several other prerequisite courses that are unique to the option chosen.
Students without prior collegiate studies in accounting and business administration can expect to spend at least two years in the program. For those who have fulfilled the background requirements - ie., students who studied business, accounting, or information systems as undergraduates - the program can normally be completed in 12-15 months.
The Master of Accounting and Information Systems program requires the completion of 30 semester hours. It is designed to provide graduates with specialized knowledge in one of four program options: information systems, financial reporting and assurance services, financial services, or tax accounting. Students choose an option upon entering the program.
Financial Reporting and Assurance Services
The curriculum in this option is designed to prepare students to effectively practice as public or managerial accountants and auditors in the current and future business environments. It is designed to give students a base of knowledge that will qualify them to take the CPA and CMA examinations.
The curriculum in this option is designed to provide students with an analytical perspective from which they can effectively examine key business decisions related to financial markets and institutions and advise clients accordingly. This option also provides students with a base of knowledge that qualifies them to take the CPA and CMA examinations.
Those who wish to practice as systems consultants and developers in the current and future business environments will be interested in this option's curriculum. It includes education in the latest database management techniques and system modelling approaches and provides the Internet implementation experience necessary to practice systems development in today's technological environment. This option prepares students for information systems careers with consulting firms, information systems departments and organizations, and software houses that are geared toward application systems development. Additionally, students preparing for careers in public accounting can use this option to develop skills in information systems. A background in information systems at the undergraduate level is desirable but not required.
This option is designed for students interested in a successful career in tax consulting or corporate tax practice. Students will receive an education in the latest systems technologies that are necessary for tax consulting and corporate and governmental tax planning in today's technological environment.
For students who enrolled as undergraduates and who are interested in becoming certified public accountants, we have a special 152-Hour Programme that combines undergraduate and graduate coursework. The program allows undergraduates to take all the courses necessary to take the CPA examination and to receive both the Bachelor's degree and the Master's degree in Accounting and Information Systems upon completion in five years.
Admission & Application Information
The deadline for applying to the Department is March 1 for Fall Semester and October 1 for Spring Semester.
All applicants to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applications for admission to the Master's of Accounting and Information Systems program are evaluated on the basis of previous academic work, scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), two letters of reference, and other factors having a bearing on the applicant's potential for success in the Master's program.
Prospective applicants should take the GMAT as early as possible in order that their scores are available when the application for admission is made. Students are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a GMAT score of at least 520.
TOEFL Requirement for International Students
If English is not the prospective student's principal language, the student must obtain a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 620 paper-based, 260 computer- based or 105 Internet-based; and at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). This ensures adequate comprehension skills. The Educational Testing Service offers both of these last examinations.
The Department requires a copy of the TOEFL score even if you have a degree from an accredited anglophone university.
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