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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems

Accounting (MS) and Management Information Systems (MS) (Dual Degree MBA/MS, Accelerated BS/MS in Accounting, Master of Accounting Practice (MAP).

Telephone: (302) 831-2961

Faculty Listing: http://lerner.udel.edu/directory/accounting-mis

Program Overview

The Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems offers programs leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Accounting, including an accelerated BS/MS option, a Master of Accounting Practice, and a Master of Science degree with a major in Information Systems & Technology Management (IS &TM). The objective of the MS in Accounting is to extend the education of qualified students into advanced study in the field of accounting. In taking the student beyond the level of study offered by an undergraduate program in accounting, the MS provides additional preparation for careers in public accounting, industry, and government. The MS in Accounting may also be used to establish a foundation for further study at the PhD level in preparation for an academic career.

The Accelerated MS option provides qualified University of Delaware undergraduate majors in Accounting the ability to concurrently pursue the BS and MS in Accounting degrees. The Accelerated MS option provides an efficient means to obtain, through advanced study of Accounting, the necessary 150 credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam and/or become certified as a CPA in most states.

The Master of Accounting Practice is designed for those students who did not major in accounting as an undergraduate but who want to pursue the professional practice of accountancy through graduate study and prepare to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination.

The objective of the MS in IS &TM is to produce students who possess the combination of management and technical skills needed to bring about the effective deployment and administration of information technology to achieve business success in today’s highly competitive global environment. Because of the combination, the MS in IS &TM is primarily designed for two types of students: those with a background in business who want to move into a more technology oriented role in their organization, and those with a background in a technical field who want to move into an IT/management role in their organization. Examples of the type of students with technical background we attract include engineers, scientists, and those involved in biotechnology.

Students in the MS in Accounting may pursue either a full-time or a part-time course of study. Full-time students with an undergraduate accounting major from an accredited AACSB college should be able to complete the program within one calendar year. Students in the Master of Accounting Practice may pursue the degree full-time or part-time, the program is designed to be completed full-time in one calendar year.  Students in the MS in IS &TM may pursue a full time or a part-time course of study.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must supply all information stated in the Graduate Admissions section.

Admission to these graduate programs is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Candidates for admission are invited to correspond with the Director of the MS program. Detailed brochures on these MS programs, including the Accelerated option, are available. As part of the admissions process for the MS in IS &TM, each student will meet with a faculty advisor who will evaluate the student’s background in both business and programming (including prior coursework and experience). Foundation course requirements will be based on this evaluation.