(Posted March 25, 2020)

HUNTINGDON, Pa.—Juniata College will launch its Master of Accounting degree program fully online in the fall 2020 semester. This is in addition to the successful face-to-face program. Students may now take courses online, on campus, or both. 

Courses will be offered in five eight-week terms throughout the year. On a full-time basis, the degree can be completed in one year. Part-time options are also available. 

Juniata’s master of accounting program is designed to prepare students for a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for which candidates must have a diversified sphere of knowledge including accounting, management, economics, and data analysis with the capacity to apply that knowledge in problem-solving and decision making. The program is designed to meet the 150-hour requirement for obtaining a CPA license.  Graduates of the program have a 100 percent placement rate. 

The master of accounting faculty have considerable experience in both professional and academic work environments. Course requirements are unique in that the program includes data science and economics, as accounting professionals should understand the complexity of both data analysis and market transactions in order to present transparent financial statements and to analyze the financial condition of various organizations. The requirement for a course in accounting research is also a distinction of the College’s program. 

Goals of the master of accounting program are for students to interpret the professional standards of financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax practices, and attestation; explain and utilize complex accounting theory and practices in a business environment; analyze information to recommend business decisions; generate professional verbal and written communication; evaluate the economic, ethical, social, political, legal, regulatory, and global environment of complex accounting problems; and by working in teams, propose solutions to relevant accounting issues. 

Juniata’s master of accounting program emphasizes the development of skills necessary for a productive long-term career, along with a firm understanding of accounting theories and concepts. This understanding and development of skills will give students the knowledge they need to do well on the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Examination and to achieve their career goals. Additionally, accounting skills are highly valued in the marketplace and can lead to career possibilities in corporate, non-profit sector, and government work. 

For more information on Juniata’s graduate degree programs or for assistance with the expedited application process, contact Nicole Bopp, assistant director of graduate admissions, at (814)641-3672 or boppn@juniata.edu. More information on programs can also be found at www.juniata.edu/academics/graduate-programs/

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.