by Teresa M. Araque

Accountants. That word alone conjures images of a studious and dedicated individual wearing a green eye shade while locked away in an office. However, as with most stereotypes, the reality is far different.

Accountants and auditors play a critical role in business, both the public and private sectors. They can serve as key decision makers, analysts, and executives and are a vital part of any organization.

In fact, the demand for accountants and auditors is projected to continue growing at an annual rate of over 10 percent. With a master’s degree in accounting, positions now range from an accountant, auditor, financial analyst, to corporate controller, chief financial officer, and vice president of finance. Add in successful completion of the requirements to become a CPA, and the additional value added is apparent.

Hodges University is responding to that demand with its newly redesigned master’s degree in accounting (MAcc) that can be completed in just 10 months. Classes will start in Fall 2019.

“We’ve listened to public and private sector businesses and have redesigned our master’s degree in accounting to provide the education and training needed in an accelerated time frame,” said Dr. John Meyer, president of Hodges University. “In this new cohort-based format, we’ve also included added benefits.”

Those benefits start with offering the degree 100% online. “This degree is all-inclusive, meaning that the total cost includes tuition, books, fees, and class materials,” added Dr. Meyer. “There is limited enrollment because we like to keep our class sizes small. Students benefit from the opportunity to have more personalized attention from our faculty. ”

And the biggest perk? “Students in this program will also get CPA exam review materials incorporated directly into the instruction,” said Dr. Meyer. “The total cost is $24,900, which is very competitive. And with the added bonus of solid preparation to sit for the CPA exam, we strongly believe that this degree will help fulfill a growing need for finance experts.”

MAcc, like all of the business related degrees in the Johnson School of Business, is also accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and is approved by the Florida Institute of CPAs. Hodges University has also been named one of the 50 Great Small Colleges for an Accounting and Finance Degree.

For more information about the master’s in accounting degree, visit Pathways.Hodges.edu.

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