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Mississippi College School of Business Launches Online Master’s in Accountancy

Professor Billy Morehead

America’s three hottest job markets for accountants are in Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Jose, California, “Forbes” magazine says.

Across the USA, the demand for accountants looks bright with 11 percent growth through 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Mississippi College’s School of Business is helping meet needs in the region and nationwide through its new master of accountancy degree in 2018.

“Our program will be the first 100 percent online master’s in accountancy in the State of Mississippi,” says MC business professor Billy Morehead.

The 30-hour program at the Baptist-affiliated university will include 24 hours of required accounting classes and six others in general graduate electives.

The Mississippi College program will be offered in an accelerated format to appeal to full-time students as well as professionals busy balancing careers and families.

MC’s new academic initiative can be completed within an intense 12 months, but is really designed for students to finish in 18 to 24 months.

At his office at Self Hall on the Clinton campus, and across the South, Morehead is spreading the word as 2017 draws to a close. The first students will enroll in August 2018. Some have recently made inquiries.

What’s the program’s chief focus?

The online master’s in accountancy will offer the latest in accounting and auditing standards, taxation, data analytics, and fraud examination. It will serve students seeking to prepare for the CPA exam, Morehead noted. “The accounting faculty are excited about this program. We look forward to expanding our course offerings and the delivery format.”

Accountants and auditors are needed to assess financial operations and ensure that organizations nationwide operate efficiently. These professionals prepare and evaluate financial records. They make sure taxes are paid properly and on time. From the government to the private sector, accountants do much more than crunch a sea of numbers.

Salaries for new accountants are attractive.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median pay for American accountants stood at $68,150 in 2016 or $32.76 per-hour. In Atlanta, there are 11,775 accounting jobs per one million positions in the region in 2017.

Why sign up for classes at MC’s School of Business?

Founded in 1946, it’s a program with a growing national and international reputation. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in 2017 granted accreditation to the MC School of Business. Only 25 percent of business schools in the United States and less than five percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this recognition.

“The legacy of quality built by the faculty and leadership of the school over the years made this possible,” says Marcelo Eduardo, the MC business dean.

The new online master of accountancy just adds to a sterling record of accomplishments for the School of Business and its more than 6,000 graduates over the years.

The MC School of Business will continue to offer the MBA in accountancy for students who wish to blend graduate accounting with more of a management track.

For additional information, contact accountancy professor Billy Morehead at 601-925-7742 or