JBU to Offer New Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Management Accounting
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Management accounting is gaining popularity throughout the country as corporate leaders desire a more extensive knowledge of accounting than a traditional business bachelor’s degree (which usually includes nine hours of accounting coursework) provides. In comparison to tax and financial accounting positions, management accounting often plays more of a predictive than a historical role in enterprise financial management, with management accountants frequently involved in strategic planning and forecasting.
The new degree program will add to the comprehensive business degree inventory in JBU’s Soderquist College of Business, which offers programs in all of JBU’s three academic schools: traditional undergraduate, degree completion, and the Graduate School.
“JBU has a long tradition of preparing students for successful careers in accounting,” Dr. Joe Walenciak, dean of the Soderquist College of Business, said. “Although our traditional focus has been public accounting, we are now excited to offer students the opportunity to prepare for the field of management accounting and to consider a certification in the field. Our new Management Accounting program is specifically designed to prepare accounting students with the skills they need to pursue such a career. With growing demand for accountants throughout the region and the nation, we believe this program is well aligned with the needs of our corporate and nonprofit stakeholders.”
JBU began offering online programs in the Degree Completion Program in 2011 with program development funding provided through a federal grant. The Business Administration degree was the first online program offered, with a Liberal Arts online program added in 2013.
"The management accounting program not only expands our online degree offerings, but it also creates an opportunity for students to pursue a deeper understanding of accounting principles from a management perspective, as well as certification as a management accountant," Susan DeWoody, associate vice president of Academic Operations and dean of Degree Completion, said.
While the program was designed to lead to a bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting, students who are currently pursuing or have already earned a Business Administration degree may benefit, too.
“Another potential market for the management accounting course offerings is for our business students seeking additional accountancy course credit on top of a business degree in pursuit of CPA licensure,” DeWoody said.
With the addition of the management accounting, JBU’s Degree Completion Program will offer the most degree programs in its history. “We at JBU are excited to expand our online offerings and our programs in accounting to include this new degree in management accounting,” Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, said. “This addition is part of the tremendous growth that JBU and all of northwest Arkansas has experienced in recent years, and we think that this will be an excellent program of study for anyone with interests in management and accounting.”
For more information about the online Management Accounting program, please visit www.jbu.edu/dcp or call 800-JBU-GRAD.