2155 Constant Hall
Royce Burnett, Chair
Master of Science, Accounting
Frank Holman, Graduate Program Director
Accounting services are becoming both broader and more specialized. The major changes that have occurred in the accounting profession dictate expanded and updated educational programs. An ideal model for a professional accounting education embodies a Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program that augments a broad undergraduate education. The MS in Accounting program at Old Dominion University is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students with courses offered in the evenings.
Master of Science Program
Linked BSBA/MS in Accounting
Undergraduate students pursuing a BSBA in accounting at Old Dominion University may complete up to nine hours toward a Master of Science, Accounting (MS) degree by choosing from ACCT 623, ACCT 626, ACCT 627, ACCT 630, and ACCT 662 while enrolled as an undergraduate BSBA student. Students in the linked BSBA/MS program must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree).
A student may apply to the linked BSBA/MS program after completing ACCT 305 and 12 hours from ACCT 306, ACCT 307, ACCT 311, ACCT 425, or ACCT 426 with a C or better. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 in all course work taken at Old Dominion University to be admitted to the linked program. Students must apply for admission to the MS program after completion of the undergraduate degree. Students should note that being in the undergraduate accounting major does not guarantee acceptance to the MS program.
Once admitted to the linked program, a student will take 600-level core graduate accounting courses, and these courses will be applied to the MS course requirements as long as the student already has 120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree. By completing these nine hours, students will only have 21 hours to complete in the MS program during an additional year of study after graduating from the undergraduate program as long as the student earns 120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree for a total of 150 credit hours.
The application of accounting principles to governmental funds and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is placed on budgeting and control as well as auditing concerns for such entities.
Current financial auditing processes are emphasized, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are used to evaluate the fairness of financial statements. Additionally, standards and ethics of the public accounting profession, generally accepted auditing standards, and public reporting are covered.
An analysis of federal income tax law and its application to personal and business tax situations. Reconciliation of tax and accounting concepts.
An intensive course in taxation. Focuses on the choice of business entity by covering taxation of corporations (both C and S corporations), partnerships and sole proprietorships. The course emphasizes research skills and professional ethics.
The study of accounting for international operations and business combinations.
A study of the concepts of financial and managerial accounting. Covers the financial reporting process and the development of financial statements for external users while exposing students to internally generated accounting information. The overall objective of the course is to provide students with sufficient knowledge and competency to be intelligent users of accounting information.
A study of concepts of managerial accounting. This course focuses on the techniques and approaches to organizing and understanding internally generated accounting information. The objective of the course is to provide students with a set of tools that utilize managerial accounting information for solving business problems.
A study of the concepts of financial accounting. This course covers the financial reporting process and the development of financial statements for external users. The overall objective of the course is to provide students with a sufficient fluency to be intelligent readers of financial accounting information.
Accounting analytics appropriate for professional accountants, whether in public accounting, industry, or government/non-profit. Much of the course involves hands-on learning focusing on decision, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics using the latest analytics/data visualization software.
Standards, ethics, and practice of information technology assurance services particularly as it concerns the governance and control of information systems.
Standards, ethics, and practice of fraud examination and forensic accounting particularly as it concerns the accounting profession.
This course covers current financial accounting standards and the problems faced by national and multinational corporations in reporting financial information to external users in a global economy. There will be a discussion of the various techniques for presenting and analyzing financial statements and the ethical issues related to those presentations.
Covers cost concepts and analysis in both a manufacturing and service operational environment. Provides an introduction to activity based costing and standard cost systems, methodology for measuring productivity changes and cost of quality and measurement and control of operating performance.
This course covers the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, including the significant accounting issues involved in performing an effective valuation of a company.
Advanced concepts associated with the public accounting profession, generally accepted auditing standards, public accounting reporting, and recent developments, such as Sarbanes-Oxley/Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, are emphasized.
An intensive course covering ethical and legal issues confronted by practicing accountants. The course emphasizes rigorous analysis of complex situations leading to appropriate solutions.
An intensive course in taxation. Focuses on the choice of business entity by covering taxation of corporations (both C and S corporations), partnerships and sole proprietor-ships. The course emphasizes research skills and professional ethics.
Covers federal income taxation of corporations and shareholders. Includes organizing a corporation; establishing capital structure; determining tax liability; dividends and other non-liquidating distributions; stock redemptions; and liquidations.
Taxation of partners and partnerships: formation, termination, distributions and liquidations, and sales of partnership interests. Limited partnerships in conjunction with their use as tax shelters, and the multifaceted attributes of family partnerships.
Examines transfers under federal estate and gift tax laws. Includes property owned by the decedent; retained life estates; transfers taking effect at death; transfers with retained powers; concurrent property interest; powers of appointment; valuation problems; expenses, debts, and taxes; charitable bequests; marital deduction; taxable inter vivos gifts; gift splitting and credits; consideration of Chapter 14 and asset freezing techniques; and transfer taxation of life insurance.
Examines simple, complex, and revocable trusts; trusts accumulation distributions; income in respect of decedents; trust accounting income; distributable net income; terminations; excess deductions; basis rules; and the decedent's final income tax return.
Analyzes the different types of taxable and tax-free acquisitions and reorganizations. Includes determining tax consequences for corporations and shareholders involved in an acquisition or reorganization and analyzing necessary requirements for a tax-free corporate division (spin-off). Covers aspects of filing consolidated federal income tax returns.
Discusses federal income taxation of deferred compensation plans with emphasis on qualified retirement plans. Reviews plan qualification requirements, reporting and disclosure requirements, and distribution rules. Includes discussion of specific types of plans such as Sec. 401(K) and ESOPs.
Examines state levying of individual income, corporate income, property, sales, and excise taxes.
Taxation of foreign persons conducting business in the U.S. including FIRPTA, source of income rules, and residency requirements; taxation of U.S. individuals and businesses doing business abroad including FSCs, CFCs, FHP Co's and possessions corporations.
Covers determination of realized and recognized gains and losses and their tax treatment on property dispositions. Includes consequences of property transactions, such as depreciation, depletion, basis and capital gains problems.
Covers federal income taxation of S corporations including election eligibility; termination of status; treatment of income and deduction items; distributions; and basis of stock and debt. Also discusses compensation arrangements in closely held corporations; fiscal year issues; personal service corporations; the advantages of C corporations versus S corporations; corporation liquidation and redemption rules; and the S corporations' built-in gains tax.
Discusses procedures for dealing with the IRS. Includes sources of IRS policy; processing returns; auditing returns; rulings and determination letters; assessments and collections; and interest and civil penalties.
Student participation in a full-time professional work experience.
The course is a practicum in the profession of accounting where theories, concepts, and financial management techniques are applied in a business environment.
Study designed for students who have had one of the required courses waived or for students desiring additional work in an area of particular interest in accounting.
Individually supervised research projects in selected tax areas. Approval of supervising professor as to topic and evaluation of project required at time of registration.
This course focuses on advanced costing concepts, current management accounting practices, and analytical techniques employed by controllers in supporting their organizations' strategic planning processes.
This course provides an overview of the role of financial accounting in internal and external decision making. Financial modeling with an emphasis on assessing and valuing economic return will be included.
This course is the capstone course for the study of management accounting. It includes a review of management accounting practices and analytical techniques employed by controllers in supporting their organization's strategic decision-making process.
This course is a pass/fall course for master's students in their final semester. It may be taken to fulfill the registration requirement necessary for graduation. All master's students are required to be registered for at least one graduate credit hour in the semester of graduation.
This course is a pass/fail course doctoral students may take to maintain active status after successfully passing the candidacy examination. All doctoral students are required to be registered for at least one graduate credit hour every semester until their graduation.