Where is the Master of Accountancy Program based?
Our graduate center is now located in Biltmore Park, 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 300, just off Exit 37 of Interstate 26 in south Asheville. Core classes and most elective classes are held there. Announcement: http://news-prod.wcu.edu/2012/02/asheville-area-programs-find-new-home/. Click here for map.
How long will it take to complete the Master of Accountancy Program?
That depends. Being a 30-hour program, full-time students who begin the program in the summer or fall semester can complete the entire program in one (1) calendar year by taking 12 hours each in the fall and spring semesters and 6 hours during the summer. Part-time students, and those requiring completion of prerequisites, will take longer.
Is there a time limit for completing my degree?
Yes. All courses taken at WCU and/or transferred in from another institution must be completed within six years.
What are the prerequisites to the Master of Accountancy Program?
Prerequisites are Intermediate Accounting I and II, Income Tax, Cost Accounting, Finance, Microeconomics, Management, and Statistics. These prerequisites can be completed at WCU or at other institutions. See table of prerequisite equivalences of area universities and community colleges.
Can I take classes at another institution and transfer them in to apply toward at degree at WCU?
Yes, with certain limitations. With advance approval of the Program Director, students may transfer in up to 6 hours of graduate level credit from another regionally accredited institution. Forms are available on the website of the graduate school.
Can I take just a class or two, or do I have to be enrolled as a degree-seeking student?
Individuals may be admitted as “non-degree seeking” by applying to the graduate school and providing official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Upon formal application and acceptance into the program, up to twelve hours of graduate courses (with a grade of “B” or better) may later be transferred to apply toward a degree.
What computer technology is required?
Although a computer lab is available at Biltmore Park, it is recommended that students have access to current technology (including high speed internet access) at home and/or at work (with consent of your employer, of course). Laptop computers equipped with wireless capability is useful, but not required.
What computer skills are necessary?
A solid working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is essential to getting the most out of your educational experience at WCU. We have found that most business organizations use the Microsoft suite of office products (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Do I have to wait until fall semester to start the program?
That depends. Students attending full time will need to start taking classes in the summer or fall semester, if they plan to complete the program in one calendar year. If taking classes full-time a student may start in spring semester, but due to course sequencing, it will take until the following spring semester to complete the program. Part-time students can begin in spring, summer, or fall by taking 1 or 2 classes each semester.
Is there a student organization for Master of Accountancy students?
Yes, there are several organizations to serve the personal and professional needs of our Master of Accountancy students:
- The Cullowhee-based Nu Delta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi is an internationally-recognized honors business fraternity for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals. Dr. Jane Livingstone serves as faculty advisor.
- The Western Carolina Chapter of the NCACPA (centered primarily in the greater Asheville area) offers student memberships, which are available for $20 per year, and include all benefits of regular membership, including monthly business luncheons and professional development materials and events.
What resources are available to assist students in finding suitable employment?
In addition to the networking opportunities provided by participation in student organizations, several formal activities occur each academic year:
- Accounting Career Day – During fall semester each year WCU hosts employers for an interview day. Employers from business, government, and not-for-profit organizations come to campus to interview both undergraduate and graduate students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
- Accountancy Fall Banquet – Sponsored by many of the companies that recruit our students, the Fall Banquet is an opportunity to recognize our scholarship and award recipients, meet fellow students, alumni, advisory board members, faculty and university administration, as well as just have some fun.
- Meet the Firms Night – During spring semester each year, WCU hosts an “information fair” in the greater Asheville area where students can informally chat with company representatives.
- Career Services office at WCU – The resources of the WCU Career Services office is fully available to all WCU students. These include resume preparation, interviewing skills, and job search assistance. The Director of Career Services is Ms. Mardy Ashe.
Is there financial assistance available?
Yes. Nearly half of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Full time students may qualify for graduate assistantships whereby they work 20 hours per week assisting WCU faculty with teaching, research, and administrative duties. The current stipend for a full assistantship for 2 semesters (fall and spring) is $8,000. Graduate assistants may not hold other employment and may not take more than 12 hours graduate coursework. Occasionally ½ time assistantships may be available.
Financial assistance in the form of student loans and grants may be obtained through the Financial Aid office. Students must be enrolled for 6 credit hours of graduate level courses to qualify for assistance at the higher graduate student level.
Other assistance in the form of awards and scholarships are as follows:
- Full and partial tuition waivers
- Fellowships and study grants
- Beegle Scholarship -- $500
- Swanger Scholarship -- $500
- Advisory Board Scholarships -- $500
- NCACPA (Western Carolina Chapter) Scholarship – amount varies
- Dixon Hughes Goodman Scholarship -- $1,000
- Gould Killian Scholarship -- $1,000
- NC State Board of CPA Examiners – amount varies
Last Updated: June 2013