Gary Peters
Department Chair and S. Robson Walton Chair in Accounting
Business Building
gpeters@uark.edu

Cory Cassell
Ph.D. Program Director
Business Building
ccassell@walton.uark.edu

Program Directors
JaLynn Thomas
Business Building
jthomas@walton.uark.edu

Jonathan Shipman
Business Building
jshipman@walton.uark.edu

Degrees Conferred:
Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.)
Ph.D. in Business Administration (BADMPH)

Program Descriptions: The William T. Dillard Department of Accounting offers four graduate degree options, a Master of Accountancy, an integrated program combining the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the Master of Accountancy, a Master of Professional Accounting and the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with an area of study in Accounting. The programs are designed to provide professional preparation at the graduate level for students wishing to pursue accounting-oriented careers in public practice, industry, and government.

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) Program

Master of Accountancy Program Website

The Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting.

The Master of Accountancy program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen career path in public practice, industry, or government. Students entering the program are expected to have an undergraduate degree or significant background in accounting. Building on the knowledge developed as an undergraduate, the M.Acc. courses broaden, extend, and integrate the student’s knowledge.

Students completing the M.Acc. program develop the following skills:

  • Research: Students will be able to access, assess, and apply the appropriate standards, regulations, or other information needed to address accounting and business problems.
  • Risk Analysis: Students will understand business risk, how it affects decisions and how to create strategies to mitigate risk.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Students will be able to identify problems, consider alternative solutions, analyze the pros and cons of each alternative and support their conclusions.

The M.Acc. program is a full-time program designed to be completed in one year.

Admission Requirements: The M.Acc. program is open to students who have an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, an acceptable Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, and (international students only) an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score. Students entering the program are expected to have completed undergraduate coursework in statistics, mathematics, information systems, accounting, and business. Prior courses must either have been successfully completed within the five years prior to entry to the M.Acc. program, or the student must provide other evidence of current knowledge in these areas. Otherwise, applicants may be required to repeat or complete selected courses, in addition to their degree coursework.

Requirements for the Master of Accountancy Degree: Students with appropriate backgrounds in business administration and economics and with an undergraduate concentration in accounting will be required to complete 30 semester hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Ordinarily, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours during consecutive fall/spring semesters.

Eighteen semester hours of accounting are required, 12 hours of which are specified:

ACCT 5413Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACCT 5953Auditing Standards3
ACCT 5463Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 5873Advanced Taxation3
Total Hours12

A minimum of six semester hours of the student’s program must be non-accounting electives. Six semester hours may be either accounting or non-accounting electives.

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the M.Acc. program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the M.Acc. program prior to graduation. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete an accounting internship for academic credit, ACCT 535V. The M.Acc. program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum that allows for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in accounting courses.


A student may transfer to the M.Acc. program not more than six hours of graduate level credit from an AACSB-accredited graduate program, provided that each course has a grade of “B” or better, and the courses are acceptable to the departmental M.Acc. committee. Students contemplating transfer of credit should consult in advance with both the M.Acc. Adviser and the Graduate School of Business.

A cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 is required on 1) graduate work taken for the degree and 2) all accounting courses (both undergraduate and graduate) taken for the degree. At least 75 percent of the graduate credit hours submitted for the degree must be “A” or “B” grades. The M.Acc. degree program does not require a thesis. Successful completion of a Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of Arkansas will qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

For further information, contact the Graduate School of Business: gsb@walton.uark.edu.

Requirements for Master of Professional Accounting with Assurance and Analytics Concentration

Master of Professional Accountancy Website

The Master of Professional Accounting program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen professional accounting career path in public practice, industry, or government. The core includes coursework related to accounting professionalism, analytic skillsets, and advanced financial accounting. Students may concentrate in one of three areas: Analytics and Assurance, Taxation, or Corporate Accounting. All concentrations provide opportunity for professional internship credit and lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

Admission Requirements: The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic accounting concepts or, demonstrated, with an official GMAT test score, the ability to master accounting concepts taught in the program.  International applicants must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis. Students entering the program are expected to have completed undergraduate business and accounting coursework. Prior courses must either have been successfully completed within the five years prior to entry to the program, or the student must provide other evidence of current knowledge in these areas. Otherwise, applicants may be required to repeat or complete selected courses, in addition to their degree coursework. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting Degree: Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and accounting will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in accounting includes introductory taxation, intermediate financial accounting, audit, and accounting information systems. The degree program does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam. Successful completion of a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Arkansas will qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

Core Courses
ACCT 5123Corporate Governance and Professionalism3
ACCT 5413Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACCT 5523Advanced Accounting Information Systems3
Areas of Concentration18
ACCT 535V Professional Accounting Internship or General Graduate Business Elective3
Total Hours30

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the Master of Professional Accounting program prior to graduation. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete an accounting internship for academic credit, ACCT 535V . The program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum that allows for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in accounting courses. If students do not participate in an internship experience, they can utilize three credit hours of general graduate business electives. Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the Program Director in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Electives in the concentrations are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits.

After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all accounting coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

ISYS credits may apply toward the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems. Students should consult the director of the certificate program for eligibility.

Additional Requirements for the Assurance and Analytics Concentration 

The Assurance & Analytics Concentration provides students with a foundation for applying technology and analytical methodologies to data-centric accounting environments. Students will be able to navigate data environments, employ analytical tools, and apply them to business decisions and risk analysis.

Assurance and Analytics Concentration
ACCT 5433Fraud Prevention and Detection3
ACCT 5463Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 5953Auditing Standards3
Select 9 hours from the following: *9
ERP Fundamentals
ERP Configuration and Implementation
Seminar in ERP Development
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Decision Support and Analytics
Data Management Systems
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours18

*ISYS credits may apply toward the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems.  Students should consult with the director of the certificate program for eligibility.

Requirements for Master of Professional Accounting with Corporate Accounting Concentration

Master of Professional Accountancy Website

The Master of Professional Accounting program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen professional accounting career path in public practice, industry, or government. The core includes coursework related to accounting professionalism, analytic skillsets, and advanced financial accounting. Students may concentrate in one of three areas: Analytics and Assurance, Taxation, or Corporate Accounting. All concentrations provide opportunity for professional internship credit and lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

Admission Requirements: The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic accounting concepts or, demonstrated, with an official GMAT test score, the ability to master accounting concepts taught in the program.  International applicants must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis. Students entering the program are expected to have completed undergraduate business and accounting coursework. Prior courses must either have been successfully completed within the five years prior to entry to the program, or the student must provide other evidence of current knowledge in these areas. Otherwise, applicants may be required to repeat or complete selected courses, in addition to their degree coursework. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting Degree: Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and accounting will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in accounting includes introductory taxation, intermediate financial accounting, audit, and accounting information systems. The degree program does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam. Successful completion of a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Arkansas will qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

Core Courses
ACCT 5123Corporate Governance and Professionalism3
ACCT 5413Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACCT 5523Advanced Accounting Information Systems3
Areas of Concentration18
ACCT 535V Professional Accounting Internship or General Graduate Business Elective3
Total Hours30

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the Master of Professional Accounting program prior to graduation. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete an accounting internship for academic credit, ACCT 535V . The program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum that allows for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in accounting courses. If students do not participate in an internship experience, they can utilize three credit hours of general graduate business electives. Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the Program Director in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Electives in the concentrations are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits.

After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all accounting coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

ISYS credits may apply toward the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems. Students should consult the director of the certificate program for eligibility.

Additional Requirements for the Corporate Accounting Concentration

The Corporate Accounting Concentration provides students a broad foundation for understanding the production and use of accounting information in corporate business environments. Students in this concentration will acquire skills to navigate public reporting environments, internal business operations, and financial decision making.

Corporate Accounting Concentration
ACCT 5433Fraud Prevention and Detection3
ACCT 5463Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 5873Advanced Taxation3
Select 9 hours from the following (at least 3 hours must include FINN courses): 9
Asset Management
Auditing Standards
Commercial Transactions
Financial Markets & Valuation
Advanced Corporate Financial Management
Advanced Commercial Banking
ERP Fundamentals
Foundations for New Product Launch and Integrated Demand-Driven Value Networks
Graduate Business Elective (ACCT 535V or other as approved by the ACCTMP Director)
Total Hours18

Requirements for Master of Professional Accounting with Taxation Concentration

Master of Professional Accountancy Website

The Master of Professional Accounting program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen professional accounting career path in public practice, industry, or government. The core includes coursework related to accounting professionalism, analytic skillsets, and advanced financial accounting. Students may concentrate in one of three areas: Analytics and Assurance, Taxation, or Corporate Accounting. All concentrations provide opportunity for professional internship credit and lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

Admission Requirements: The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic accounting concepts or, demonstrated, with an official GMAT test score, the ability to master accounting concepts taught in the program.  International applicants must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis. Students entering the program are expected to have completed undergraduate business and accounting coursework. Prior courses must either have been successfully completed within the five years prior to entry to the program, or the student must provide other evidence of current knowledge in these areas. Otherwise, applicants may be required to repeat or complete selected courses, in addition to their degree coursework. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting Degree: Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and accounting will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in accounting includes introductory taxation, intermediate financial accounting, audit, and accounting information systems. The degree program does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam. Successful completion of a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Arkansas will qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

Core Courses
ACCT 5123Corporate Governance and Professionalism3
ACCT 5413Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACCT 5523Advanced Accounting Information Systems3
Areas of Concentration18
ACCT 535V Professional Accounting Internship or General Graduate Business Elective3
Total Hours30

To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the Master of Professional Accounting program prior to graduation. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete an accounting internship for academic credit, ACCT 535V . The program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum that allows for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in accounting courses. If students do not participate in an internship experience, they can utilize three credit hours of general graduate business electives. Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the Program Director in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Electives in the concentrations are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program in the Department of Accounting. With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000-plus) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits.

After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all accounting coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

ISYS credits may apply toward the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems. Students should consult the director of the certificate program for eligibility.

Additional Requirements for the Taxation Concentration 

The Tax Concentration provides students a broad foundation for understanding the taxation of entities and the relationship of taxes to the overall business decision process. Students will be able to analyze tax problems, interpret the relevant tax code, and identify tax strategies for complex tax situations and business scenarios.

Taxation Concentration
ACCT 5853State and Local Taxation3
ACCT 5863Taxation of Flow-Through Entities3
ACCT 5873Advanced Taxation3
ACCT 5883Tax Planning3
ACCT 5893Multi-jurisdictional Tax Issues3
BLAW 5003Commercial Transactions3
Total Hours18

B.S.B.A./M.Acc./M.P.Ac. Integrated Program

Integrated B.S.B.A./M.Acc./M.P.Ac Program Website

The integrated program to the Master of Accountancy is a five-year program of undergraduate and graduate coursework that allows outstanding students to earn the B.S.B.A. and the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) or Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Ac.) degrees at the same time. The professional curriculum, which usually begins in the student’s junior year, includes specially designed accounting courses taught in relatively small classes by full-time faculty members. Students accepted into the integrated degree program may concurrently enroll in undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Because M.Acc./M.Pac. graduates are expected to become leaders in the accounting profession, highly motivated students with the personal qualities and intellectual capacity to establish successful careers in public accounting, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and higher education are encouraged to apply.

Admission

Students are admitted to the integrated program according to the following requirements. Admission is granted only for the fall semester; Feb. 15 of the Junior year is the application deadline for those who wish to begin the integrated program the following fall. Students interested in this program must have completed 90 credit hours of study towards the baccalaureate degree (including ACCT 2013, ACCT 3723 and ACCT 3843) by the Feb. 15 deadline.

Acceptance into the integrated program is based upon the discretion of the admissions committee. The committee considers the overall quality of the applications, including the overall grade point average and the grades in ACCT 2013, ACCT 3723 and ACCT 3843.  In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic accounting concepts or, demonstrated, with and official, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, as well as other relevant examples of academic ability and leadership. To receive serious consideration by the admissions committee, a student should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the applicant’s overall university and accounting coursework. Due to the demand for seats in the program, the admissions committee selectively restricts admission into the program based upon the availability of instructional resources. Students must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence in the Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Accountancy program.

Transfer students will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are expected to make continuous progress toward the degree by completing required accounting coursework each semester. Students who fail to meet the requirements for the M.P.Ac. or M.Acc. program must choose another major of study or finalize their B.S.B.A. in Accounting. Students will be notified before this action is taken and should meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office upon notification.

Probation

A student is placed on probation if his or her grade point average in core undergraduate accounting courses falls below 3.00. Except with the consent of the M.Acc./M.P.Ac. Program Director a student on probation may not take graduate accounting courses.

Graduation

To receive an integrated B.S.B.A/M.Acc./M.P.Ac. degree, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all coursework taken as part of the minimum 30-hour M.Acc. or M.P.Ac. degree. He or she must also have a grade point average in graduate accounting coursework of at least 3.00.

Degree Requirements

The requirements of B.S.B.A./M.Acc./M.P.Ac. Integrated program are:

  1. Undergraduate coursework
    1. Complete the B.S.B.A. degree requirements and Accounting Major Requirements detailed above.
    2. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in an accounting internship, ACCT 310V, ACCT 310VH, or ACCT 535V.
  2. Graduate coursework

Students with appropriate backgrounds in business administration and economics and with an undergraduate concentration in accounting will be required to complete 30 semester hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, at least 21 semester hours of which must be in courses reserved exclusively for graduate students..

All students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 hours during consecutive fall/spring semesters during their graduate year. The student must be in residence a minimum of 24 weeks (see residency requirements of the Master of Arts/Master of Science).

Students must complete the specified graduate coursework of the M.Acc. or M.P.Ac. degrees as described in the Graduate Catalog.

The M.Acc./M.P.Ac. degree programs do not require a thesis. Successful completion of the integrated B.S.B.A/M.Acc./M.P.Ac. program from the University of Arkansas will qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

For further information, write to the M.Acc./M.P.Ac. Adviser, Department of Accounting, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or contact the Graduate School of Business at gsb@walton.uark.edu.

Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting)

Accounting Ph.D. Program Website

Admission Requirements: Applicants for graduate study in Accounting must meet the requirements of the Graduate School of Business and be accepted by the Department of Accounting. The requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade-point average and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).   

Program of Study: The nature of the program of study will vary somewhat depending upon the objective of the prospective candidate, but it will consist of a minimum of 72 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and 42 graduate-only semester hours beyond the master's degree.  Program requirements must balance credit hours for required coursework, research, and dissertation preparation.

The doctoral program in accounting consists of the following elements: course work, two summer papers, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation. The latter involves an oral defense of both the dissertation proposal as well as the final dissertation. It is anticipated that all required course work, including required and supporting courses, will be completed in two and a half years (a total of 67 hours including 18 hours of dissertation credit). Students must recognize a joint responsibility in their preparation to perform research and, in some cases, may wish to take courses beyond those specified to strengthen their skills and abilities in fields that will contribute to successful completion of their dissertation.

Required Courses:
ACCT 6013Graduate Colloquium3
ACCT 6033Accounting Research Seminar I3
ACCT 6133Accounting Research Seminar II3
ACCT 6233Accounting Research Seminar III3
ACCT 636VSpecial Problems in Accounting (students complete two, three hour courses)6
ACCT 6633Accounting Research Seminar V3
ECON 6133Mathematics for Economic Analysis3
ECON 6613Econometrics I3
ECON 6623Econometrics II3
ECON 6213Microeconomic Theory I3
WCOB 6111Seminar in Business Administration Teaching I1
Supporting Courses 15
Dissertation
ACCT 700VDoctoral Dissertation18
Total Hours67

Supporting Courses: Fifteen  hours of supporting courses are selected by the student in consultation with the accounting doctoral program coordinator. Generally, such courses should be  selected to meet the objectives of the student’s program and may be concentrated in a specific field in business or outside business (e.g. economics, finance, psychology, statistics, etc.).  

Summer Papers: Students are required to complete summer papers during the first and second summers of their residence.  The summer paper requirements are formalized in the set of required courses, students enroll in ACCT 636V Special Problems in Accounting during the first and second summers of their residence (see required courses above). The summer papers represent an opportunity to practice the development and execution of a complete research project under the guidance of an experienced faculty member or members. The resulting paper may be co-authored by the doctoral student and the faculty member or members.

Candidacy Examination: After satisfactory completion of all required course work, each Ph.D. student must pass a written candidacy examination prepared by the Doctoral Program Committee of the Department of Accounting and administered on a date selected by the Doctoral Program Committee. Each student is expected to take the written comprehensive exam within 36 months after starting coursework. If the written comprehensive examination is failed, it should be retaken within 6 months after the failure on a date selected by the Doctoral Program Committee of the Department of Accounting. If the written exam is failed a second time, and if the Doctoral Program Committee allows a third sitting, the examination must be retaken within 6 months after the second failure. Failure to satisfactorily complete the written comprehensive examination results in termination from the program.

Students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and 42 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree.  For students who apply to the degree program without a master’s degree, a minimum of 5 additional credit hours (selected in consultation with the Ph.D. coordinator) will be required to fulfill the full degree requirements to include approved graduate courses.  Additional hours may be assessed in individual cases to meet specific coursework deficiencies.  

Go to the Graduate School's objectives page for a complete list of degree requirements.

Graduate Faculty

Allee, Kristian, Ph.D., M.B.A. (Indiana University), B.S. (Brigham Young University), Associate Professor, Garrison/Wilson Chair in Accounting, 2016.
Atwood, T. J., Ph.D. (University of Illinois), M.B.A. (University of Texas at Austin), B.S. (Western Kentucky University), Associate Professor, 2014.
Bryan, Barry J., Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), M.B.A., B.S.B.A. (University of Arkansas), Teaching Professor, 2020.
Cassell, Cory A., Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), M.S., B.S. (Trinity University), Professor, Ralph McQueen Distinguished Chair in Accounting, 2009, 2020.
Crawley, Michael, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), M.B.A., B.S. (Indiana University), Teaching Assistant Professor, 2016.
Curry, Sharon, M.A. (Western Illinois University), Lecturer, 2019.
Fowler, Jason, M.B.A. (John Brown University), B.S.B.A. (University of Arkansas), Lecturer, 2012.
Greenhaw, William Karl, J.D. (University of Arkansas), B.A. (Westminster College), Instructor, 2001.
Hayes, Thomas P., Ph.D. (University of North Texas), M.Acc. (University of Missouri), B.A. (Westminster College), Clinical Associate Professor, 2019.
Henry, Erin E., Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), M.S. (University of Memphis), B.Acc. (Mississippi State University), Assistant Professor, 2019.
Jarnagin, Robyn, LL.M. (New York University), J.D., B.S. (University of Montana), Clinical Associate Professor, 2016, 2020.
Peters, Gary F., Ph.D. (University of Oregon), M.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia), B.S. (Arkansas Tech University), Professor, S. Robson Walton Chair in Accounting, 2003, 2012.
Petrone, Kim, J.D. (Northwestern University), B.A. (Southern Methodist University), Teaching Assistant Professor, 2012, 2020.
Richardson, Vernon J., Ph.D. (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign), M.B.A., B.S. (Brigham Young University), Distinguished Professor, G. William Glezen Jr. Endowed Chair in Accounting, 2005, 2016.
Rowe, Stephen, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), M.S. (Loyola University Chicago), B.A. (Covenant College), Associate Professor, 2016, 2020.
Shipman, Jonathan, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee), B.S. (University of Central Arkansas), Associate Professor, 2015, 2019.
Terrell, Katie, M.B.A. (University of Arkansas), B.A. (University of Central Arkansas), Instructor, 2012.
Thomas, JaLynn D., B.S. (Louisiana Tech College Ruston Campus), Instructor, 2011.

Courses

ACCT 510V. Special Topics in Accounting. 1-3 Hour.

(Formerly ACCT 410V.) Explore current events, concepts and new developments relevant to Accounting not available in other courses. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ACCT 410V and ACCT 510V. Prerequisite: ACCT 3723 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for degree credit.

ACCT 5123. Corporate Governance and Professionalism. 3 Hours.

Aspects of corporate governance related to establishing an ethical corporate culture are addressed. The course examines various aspects of accounting and business ethics including frameworks for ethical reasoning; professional values - including integrity, objectivity, accounting independence, and professional skepticism; and other core values relevant for accountants. Accounting professional ethics codes and rules are also addressed. Corporate governance structures are examined. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Masters of Accountancy program. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5223. MBA Accounting Analysis. 3 Hours.

Highlights the role played by accounting information in managing supply chains and retail operations. Provides tools for managing cost flows, including activity-based costing, retail accounting, and operational budgeting. Focuses on improving decision making processes, and linking the impact of retail/supply chain decisions to financial statements and shareholder value. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ACCT 5263. Financial Statement Analysis for Executives. 3 Hours.

This course provides a framework for understanding the intersection between business strategy, accounting, economics, and finance. Using historical financial statements as the primary information input, you will employ tools that enable you to better understand the drivers of current performance and risk, forecast future performance, and construct a value estimate. These tools can be applied in a number of contexts including equity valuation, project selection, and managerial evaluation. Not eligible for MAcc program students. Prerequisite: MBA Director consent. (Typically offered: Summer)

ACCT 535V. Professional Accounting Internship. 1-3 Hour.

This course allows a student to experience an internship within a business and benefit from the applied experience. The internship may be designed to offer a wide range of professional accounting experiences in Industry or Public Accounting. The internship must be supervised by a faculty member as well as a member of the firm. MACC Director approval required. Prerequisite: MAcc Director consent. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ACCT 5413. Advanced Financial Accounting. 3 Hours.

Integrated course which examines the financial reporting, tax, managerial, systems and auditing aspects of major corporate restructurings arising from events such as mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, reorganizations and downsizing. Prerequisite: ACCT 3753 or equivalent with a grade of C or better or MAcc Director consent. (Typically offered: Spring)

ACCT 5433. Fraud Prevention and Detection. 3 Hours.

An examination of various aspects of fraud prevention and detection, including the sociology of fraud, elements of fraud, types of fraud involving accounting information, costs of fraud, use of controls to prevent fraud, and methods of fraud detection. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5443. Asset Management. 3 Hours.

Managing assets to achieve corporate strategy. Included are issues such as strategy formulation, acquisition processes, internal controls, system requirements, accounting measurements, inventory models, re-engineering, capital budgeting, tax issues, and discussion of current business events that have ethical implications. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5463. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course provides a framework for understanding the current economic position and future prospects of firms using corporate financial statements. Specifically, the student will study financial statements and their related footnotes in order to understand the drivers of current performance and risk, forecast future performance, and estimate the intrinsic value implied by those forecasts. These tools can be applied in a number of contexts including equity valuation, project selection, managerial evaluation, and corporate financial statement audits. Prerequisite: ACCT 3723 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5483. Financial Accounting Research and Theory. 3 Hours.

This course explores our contemporary understanding of financial reporting incentives and outcomes. The course draws upon existing research on the determinants and consequences of financial reporting and examines the roles of various constituents including investors, lenders, financial analysts, managers, regulators, and auditors within the financial reporting environment. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and MAcc Director consent. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 549V. Special Topics in Accounting. 1-3 Hour.

Seminar in current topics not covered in other courses. Students may enroll in one or more units. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

ACCT 5523. Advanced Accounting Information Systems. 3 Hours.

This course describes accounting systems in technologically advanced environments. Controls and other technical design considerations are described for the input, processing, storage, and reporting of accounting information. Special topics, such as expert systems and artificial intelligence applications in financial accounting, auditing, and tax also receive considerable attention. Prerequisite: MAcc Director consent. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5673. Product, Project and Service Costing. 3 Hours.

(Formerly ACCT 4673.) Cost systems with emphasis on information generation for cost management of products, projects and services. The course includes spreadsheet and other computer program analysis. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ACCT 4673 and ACCT 5673. Prerequisite: ACCT 2023 and ACCT 3723 each with grades of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

ACCT 5703. Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting. 3 Hours.

The course will critically examine current issues in governmental and non-profit accounting, financial statement compliance and control for governmental and non-profit entities, and auditing for government and other non-profit organizations. Topics will include examination of state and local government accounting and reporting; sources and applications of taxes and program resources; not-for-profit organization accounting including taxation, regulatory, performance, and compliance issues; industry specific issues in accounting for health care organizations and colleges and universities; and federal governmental accounting. The course will also examine the application processes and compliance procedures for not-for-profit organizations and grants, and will provide a brief introduction to urban planning and economics. Prerequisite: MAcc Director consent. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 5853. State and Local Taxation. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of the basic principles of state and local taxation and the federal constitutional limits for state and local taxing authorities. Emphasis will be on the impact on individuals and multistate entities of income tax, sales tax, property taxes and hybrid tax systems. Prerequisite: ACCT 4203 or graduate standing. (Typically offered: Spring)

ACCT 5863. Taxation of Flow-Through Entities. 3 Hours.

In-depth coverage of the federal tax treatment of pass-through entities and their owners, including Partnerships, LLCs, and S Corporations. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and MACC Director Consent, including completion of ACCT 4203. (Typically offered: Spring)

ACCT 5873. Advanced Taxation. 3 Hours.

In-depth coverage of the tax treatment of corporations including advanced tax issues. Introduction to tax research including the organization and authority of tax law; accessing and using the tax law; and, applying tax law to taxpayer scenarios. Prerequisite: ACCT 4203 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

ACCT 5883. Tax Planning. 3 Hours.

In-depth coverage of the tax treatment of passthrough business entities including advanced tax issues. Overview of the income tax treatment of estates and trusts. Overview of the essentials of estate and gift taxation. Prerequisite: ACCT 3843 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Spring)

ACCT 5893. Multi-jurisdictional Tax Issues. 3 Hours.

This course provides an in-depth examination of multi-jurisdictional tax issues including U.S. federal income taxation of inbound and outbound transactions, state and local taxation, and multi-jurisdictional tax policy issues. Pre- or Corequisite: ACCT 5873. (Typically offered: Spring)

ACCT 5953. Auditing Standards. 3 Hours.

Professional aspects of financial statement auditing and registered auditors. Including ethics and legal responsibilities; internal control testing; critical evaluation of evidence; application of sampling; and reporting problems. Prerequisite: ACCT 4963 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall)

ACCT 5963. Audit and Assurance Services. 3 Hours.

(Formerly ACCT 4963.) Professional standards and procedures as applied to external and internal assurance engagements. Including coverage of the economic role of assurance providers, engagement planning, risk assessment, evidence gathering, and reporting. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ACCT 4963 and ACCT 5963. Prerequisite: ACCT 3723 with a grade of C or better. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ACCT 5993. Energy Accounting. 3 Hours.

(Formerly ACCT 4883.) This course covers the basic issues of accounting and financial reporting for energy issues including hydrocarbon production, processing and sales as well as accounting for wind, solar and other alternative energy sources. Covers national and international energy policy, relevant public policy, environmental and geological issues,and considers environmental law, climate and economic topics relevant to energy topics. Graduate degree credit will not be given for both ACCT 4883 and ACCT 5993. Prerequisite: ACCT 3723 and ACCT 3753 each with a grade of B or better, and admission to the MAcc program. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 6013. Graduate Colloquium. 3 Hours.

Presentation and critique of research papers and proposals. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

ACCT 6033. Accounting Research Seminar I. 3 Hours.

First course in the accounting research seminar sequence which explores and evaluates current accounting literature. Course content reflects recent developments in the literature and specific interests of participants. Examples of potential topics include research methods in accounting, managerial accounting and behavioral accounting. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 6133. Accounting Research Seminar II. 3 Hours.

Second course in the accounting research seminar sequence which explores and evaluates current accounting literature. Course content reflects recent developments in the literature and specific interests of participants. Examples of potential topics include research methods in accounting, financial accounting, managerial accounting, behavioral accounting, tax, audit, international accounting, and education. Prerequisite: ACCT 6033. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 6233. Accounting Research Seminar III. 3 Hours.

Third course in the accounting research seminar sequence which explores and evaluates current accounting literature. Course content reflects recent developments in the literature and specific interests of participants. Examples of potential topics include research methods in accounting, financial accounting, managerial accounting, behavioral accounting, tax, audit, international accounting, and education. Prerequisite: ACCT 6033. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 636V. Special Problems in Accounting. 1-6 Hour.

Special research project under supervision of a graduate faculty member. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ACCT 6633. Accounting Research Seminar V. 3 Hours.

Fifth course in the accounting research seminar sequence which explores and evaluates current accounting literature. Course content reflects recent developments in the literature and specific interests of participants. Examples of potential topics include research methods in accounting, financial accounting, managerial accounting, behavioral accounting, tax, audit, international accounting, and education. Prerequisite: ACCT 6033. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ACCT 700V. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-18 Hour.

Doctoral dissertation. Prerequisite: Candidacy. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for degree credit.