Master of Science in Accounting

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Offered by the Department of Commerce and Business, the 32-credit M.S. in Accounting is a master’s degree designed to provide a mature understanding of accepted professional practices in accounting and to support entry and advancement in professional accounting.

Students who have taken Business 241 (Financial Accounting), 243 (Cost Accounting), 341-342 (Intermediate Accounting I and II), 345 (Federal Income Tax) 448 (Auditing) and Economics 100 (Introduction to Economics), can fulfill the requirements of the M.S. in Accounting degree in two additional semesters with four courses per semester. The College Catalogue provides a complete listing of courses and degree requirements in the M.S. in Accounting Program. All applicants must have an earned baccalaureate from an accredited institution before being admitted into the program. Additionally, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

To apply to the M.S. in Accounting Program, complete the APPLICATION and return it to Dr. Pam Church, Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway-313 Buckman Hall, Memphis, TN 38112 with a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee made out to "Rhodes College."

The M.S. in Accounting Program has proven to be extremely successful during its twenty-one years of existence. In fact, it boasts 100 percent job placement for students following graduation, whether at big four, regional, or local firms.

Dr. Pam Church, director of the M.S. in Accounting Program, explains that this incredible success rate is due to accounting students, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs, taking interdisciplinary courses. The program’s faculty members do not believe that accounting should be taught in isolation. This means that on top of a thorough accounting education, which Church says “emphasizes both theoretical and technical elements,” students also receive an interdisciplinary teaching of business.

The current success of the program also is fueled by the fact that Rhodes students “stand apart from other new hires,” says Church, “because they have a strong liberal arts background and can communicate in oral and written forms as well as think critically and analyze thoroughly.” The combination of all these attributes is what continues to attract employers to the program.

Church also points out that Rhodes’ Department of Commerce and Business in general has a very strong internship program, which further helps students become good candidates for post-graduate jobs. She cites that “more than 80 percent of business students have some type of work experience in conjunction with their undergraduate degree, whether paid or unpaid.” These internships allow students to get hands on experience in a field where they are interested in working, as well as integrate their classroom learning to a real world setting. They also allow employers to interact with Rhodes students which can lead employers to return to Rhodes for full-time hires.

The program is larger than ever this year with 21 students staying at Rhodes for a fifth year in order to pursue the M.S. in Accounting. Church says that this is in part due to the fact that “accounting is a stable career even in uncertain economic times,” as well as the program’s reputation and success rate.

But beyond job placement, Church says students develop a network with one another and faculty members that is just as fulfilling as the promise of getting hired. “Alumni often tell the faculty that they have developed supportive relationships in the program that continue for many years beyond graduation,” she says.

Early in the school year, the annual “Meet the Firms” Accounting Career Fair is held, with accounting firms and companies with accounting departments invited to meet M.S. students as well as accounting upperclassmen in preparation for interviews for internships and jobs. Eighteen firms attended this year. The next event will be held on September 8, 2015.

For more information, contact Dr. Pam Church at church@rhodes.edu or (901) 843-3920.