OC to offer Master of Accountancy degree

Elaine Kelly
Elaine Kelly

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will offer a new Master of Accountancy degree in the spring of 2014.

The MAcc degree program joins the successful Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in OC’s Graduate School of Business.

Elaine Kelly, chair of OC’s Department of Accounting and Finance, said Oklahoma Christian developed the degree in response to feedback from alumni and the accounting industry.

She said the growth in OC’s graduate enrollment also influenced the decision; OC set school records for overall enrollment (2,271 students) and graduate enrollment (361 students) last year. Oklahoma Christian’s MBA program has graduated more than 1,000 students since it began in 2000.

“We noticed in our MBA program, which has several tracks, that student and industry interest in accounting has been increasing,” Kelly said. “More companies are hiring graduates trained in accounting. Our chair of the Graduate School of Business, Ken Johnson, helped us see the advantages of our students earning a focused degree.”

Like OC’s MBA program, the Master of Accountancy will include one-year and two-year degree plans. Each course will last seven weeks, with all classes offered at night – and many online – to accommodate students who work during the business day.

Kelly said the MAcc degree will provide students the level of education needed for the CPA exam, and prepare students for a career in public or corporate accounting.

“One unique aspect of the degree is a business ethics course,” Kelly said. “Most accounting programs don’t have this kind of course. Our program requires students to examine basic ethics in the conduct of business from a biblical perspective and how that affects the decision-making process.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, now offers five graduate degrees: a Master of Accountancy; Master of Business Administration; Master of Arts in Ministry; Master of Divinity; and Master of Science in Engineering.

OC’s MBA program and School of Business Administration are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

“OC has had a strong accounting program for years and years. Experienced and insightful faculty, gifted students, and high-quality employers of our graduates have built our reputation for excellence and success,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “This new master’s program is a natural and ideal step forward.”

For more information, contact OC’s Graduate School of Business at (405) 425-5562 or macc@oc.edu.