The accelerated program is designed for working professionals.
Meaghan Haugh

With the states of New York and Pennsylvania now requiring an additional 30 credit hours of education for accountants to become licensed CPAs in their states, the regional demand for online programs is likely to increase. In order to meet those demands, Rider University has designed an online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program, which will launch in the fall of 2013.

The accelerated, 10-course program mirrors the requirements of the current MAcc program and will target working professionals, who have an accounting education and professional accounting experience. This program fulfills the education requirements for students to sit for the CPA examination in any state. The program will offer a concentration in Fraud and Forensic Accounting, as well as two accounting and skill development “in-person” seminars for professional development and networking.

Students will gain insight into accounting and business practices through courses taught by a team of full-time and adjunct faculty with experience in teaching online courses.

Dr. Betsy Haywood-Sullivan, associate professor of Accounting, and Dr. Nandini Chandar, assistant professor of Accounting, both currently teach online courses in the MAcc Program and plan to teach courses in the online program.

Haywood-Sullivan has taught MACC-664 - Issues in Managerial Accounting in class and online. The online class includes the film, Rogue Trader, a novel, weekly discussions, group cases and exams. She utilizes ShareStream’s video platform in order to guide her students through course materials online.

“The online discussion is more rigorous and dynamic. The format allows students to communicate and collaborate within groups,” she said. “Online classes give individuals more flexibility.”

Chandar, who teaches MACC-667 – Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory, said the online format benefits the students’ learning experience.

“It’s a very rich setting. It’s a collaborative setting. It’s a setting that enables me to seamlessly connect course material to the real world of business valuations,” she said.

For more information about the online MAcc Program, please contact Dr. Marge O’Reilly-Allen, Accounting department chair, at [email protected].