Grove City College’s new master’s degree in accounting program is designed to give working professionals and career-minded students the knowledge and skills to expand their opportunities for success in public, private, corporate, non-profit, and governmental accounting. The college has in-person and online learning, with a campus located in western Pennsylvania.
Through the online Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, students will develop the knowledge to sit for the CPA, CMA, and CFE exams while also strengthening their leadership, technical, and analytical skills. As accounting serves the public trust in today’s business environment, students, will deepen knowledge of accounting principles while delving into the domains of tax compliance and reporting, information systems and controls, and business analysis and reporting.
“The master’s in accounting program will help students position themselves for a strong career trajectory. Students will be solidly prepared for not only the CPA exam, but also for leadership positions, additional professional certifications, and higher levels of responsibility within the organizations they serve,” said Dr. Michelle McFeaters, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting.
The MAcc degree is offered as a stand-alone course of study for professionals or as a +1 program for current and future Grove City College undergraduates.
A MAcc degree from Grove City College affords graduates a wide variety of opportunities in public and private companies of all sizes as well as non-profit organizations, and in government, including senior and executive positions in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, consulting, and management. Based on student interest, certification tracks are available in tax compliance and reporting, information systems and controls, and business analysis and reporting.
The addition of the MAcc strengthens the college’s accounting program offerings and provides another avenue to obtain 150 credit hours for licensure for the CPA exam. Grove City College accounting alumni have maintained CPA pass rates that outpace the national averages, ranking on average in the top 6 percent of medium-sized schools nationally for first-time test takers, according to NASBA’s most recent five years of data. In addition, multiple accounting alumni have received the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for passing all four parts of the CPA exam on their first attempt with a cumulative score above 95.5.
The new program is the latest offering from Grove City College’s growing Department of Graduate and Online Programs. The college’s graduate programs are designed for career-focused adult learners who want to improve their positions and undergraduates who want to jump start their early career with an advanced degree.
As one of America’s best private Christian liberal arts and sciences colleges for undergraduates, Grove City College continues to build on its academic and institutional strengths to deliver an outstanding graduate program.
In addition to the MAcc degree, the College offers online Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Analytics degrees in addition to an innovative 3+1 program from the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies that allows some student to earn their B.A. and an M.A. in ministry in the time it usually takes to earn a four-year degree.
Graduate programs include in-person residency events that bring students together with established professionals and experts, many of whom are alumni or represent alumni-owned businesses or companies aligned with the college.
The degree programs are designed around Grove City College’s firm educational foundation and legacy of exceptional student outcomes. All graduate programs professors possess extensive academic and professional expertise, while more than 80 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their field. The College’s Christ-centered approach integrates faith and learning, fostering a moral and ethical approach to the profession that values service along with success.
An impressive 97 percent of business program alumni are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation and many recognize a substantial return on tuition investment enjoying above average salaries that put the college in the top 13 percent in the nation for alumni earnings.
Access to the College’s nationally ranked career services Office and 38,000-strong alumni network deliver additional value to the benefit of an advanced degree from Grove City College.