New Graduate Program Gives Accountants a Competitive Edge
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Cal Poly Pomona is accepting applications for a new graduate degree program that will address the ever-changing field of accounting.
The degree, Master of Science in Accountancy, or MSA, is an important component for accountants who want to advance their careers, either as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or as an accounting professor.
When classes begin in fall 2009, Cal Poly Pomona will be the fifth CSU in Southern California to offer an MSA program.
Those who work as accountants and auditors already enjoy being in one of the most in-demand career fields in the country. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that accountants will have the third most number of job openings from 2006 to 2016.
Accountants today, however, cannot solely rely on the information they learned 20, 10, or even five years ago.
“Accounting professionals these days are facing dynamic domestic and international accounting issues,” said MSA Program Director Dr. Hong Pak. He noted that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the upcoming adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards by the Securities and Exchange Commission as examples of dramatic changes in accounting standards.
“These issues demand that accounting professionals acquire more advanced accounting concepts,” Pak said. “We are certain that our MSA program will be an important tool in helping them adapt and satisfy their clients’ needs.”