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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Accounting (MS)


The mission of the Master of Science in Accounting Degree Program (MSA), the graduate program of the Department of Accounting and Finance, is to provide an opportunity for students to pursue intensive studies in accounting and related subjects. The program also provides students with a foundation for successful careers in public accounting, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations and serves as the department's primary vehicle for preparing students to seek qualifications such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Learning Outcomes

Decision Modeling
Students will be able to identify and solve problems in accounting using professional literature, technical knowledge, and ethical guidelines.
1.1 Able to identify and frame problems involving issues in any area of accounting or auditing.
1.2 Use relevant guidance from the professional literature to respond appropriately to specific issues/problems.
1.3 Apply a working technical knowledge to provide solutions to specific issues and problems (technical competence).
1.4 Incorporate professional codes of conduct and broad ethical guidelines in potential solutions to the problem.

Risk Analysis
MSA students will be able to identify factors affecting business and audit risk in various scenarios and suggest preventive and/or detective controls to mitigate those risks. Students will be able to:
2.1 Able to identify the risks of negative outcomes (including fraud) in a given scenario.
2.2 Suggest and evaluate controls that mitigate risk of negative outcomes through prevention or detection and correction.

Communication and Teamwork
MSA students will have effective communication (both written and oral) and team work skills.
3.1 Deliver an organized and persuasive oral presentation that demonstrates focus, time management, and effective visuals.
3.2 Organizes and effectively display information in a written format which is meaningful to the reader.
3.3 Collaborate effectively in a team environment on a course project.

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