Two New Options for Business Students

Jul 10, 2019

Cal U adds Master of Accountancy and a concentration in corporate communication.

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Cal U is getting down to business with two new academic programs: an undergraduate concentration in corporate communication and a master’s degree in accounting.

Corporate communication is a specialized option within Cal U’s interdisciplinary studies in business and commerce major. It blends business and communication studies to position students for careers as communication professionals in corporate settings, government agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Students master basic principles in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and other business disciplines, then build skills in oral communication, business writing, public relations, digital media and more.

“Businesses and other organizations need professionals who are skilled in communicating using a wide range of platforms and media, and who are well versed in business disciplines,” says Dr. Paul Hettler, chair of the Department of Business and Economics.

“This concentration prepares students for these opportunities, and for the challenges of a digital media age in which technological change transforms work and life at the speed of light.”

The four-year, on-campus program begins this fall. It leads to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree.

The Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) degree program builds accounting knowledge and skills for individuals seeking higher-level positions as auditors or accountants. It also prepares students to sit for the rigorous, four-part exam required to become a certified public accountant, or CPA.

Program coordinator Dr. Joshua Chicarelli says it provides “the skills needed to thrive in the accounting profession, whether it be in public, private or governmental practice.”

Students in the M.Acc. program gain hands-on experience with the profession’s most current and relevant tools, including research software and workflow programs. Required courses help them obtain the 150 credit-hours required to become a CPA, and students may qualify for deep discounts on CPA exam-prep materials through Cal U’s partnerships with selected vendors.

The 30-credit M.Acc. degree can be completed in four semesters of full-time study, or on a part-time schedule. Students may enroll now; online classes begin in Summer 2020.

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