Penn State Harrisburg MBA program introduces accounting track

April 02, 2012

An addition to Penn State Harrisburg’s MBA program will help accounting professionals meet new certified public accountant (CPA) education requirements that became effective in January 2012. A new track within the program will permit students to simultaneously take course work to earn the M.B.A. and to meet the education requirements to become certified and licensed as a CPA in Pennsylvania.

Penn State Harrisburg’s MBA is one of only two accredited programs in the capital region and is the top-rated MBA program in the area. Accounting becomes the program’s seventh track, a set of elective courses organized around a common theme to provide students with specialized skills. The campus will offer accounting track courses beginning with the fall 2012 semester.

“This is a timely addition that gives accounting students an innovative way to meet the new educational requirements to be certified as a CPA in Pennsylvania,” said  Stephen Schappe, director of the School of Business Administration. “Although students can meet these new accounting requirements several different ways, we are confident that having an M.B.A. in hand will give our graduates a distinct competitive advantage.”

As of Jan. 1, CPA candidates must have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and completed at least 150 credit hours, with 36 of these in accounting subjects such as accounting and auditing, business law, finance, and taxes. Accounting-related credits may be earned through undergraduate, graduate or a combination of both levels of study. Previously, candidates for the CPA exam needed only 120 credit hours with 24 credit hours in accounting subjects.

“We are enthusiastic about offering students the ability to achieve two valuable credentials: the CPA and an M.B.A. For the accounting student, the new program addition will seek to blend in-depth functional knowledge with an exposure to a range of business issues and topics that will make them more valuable to their clients and employers,” said Richard Young, the MBA program director. “It should prove to be a win-win for everyone in our program.”

Other tracks within the Penn State Harrisburg MBA program include e-business, financial analysis, general business, human resource management, information systems and supply chain management.

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Last Updated April 03, 2012