MSA Learning Outcomes

As part of the assurance of learning, each program defines and collects data on learning outcomes; statements of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we want our graduates to possess. We use them for continuous improvement and they are the criteria on which organizations such as AACSB evaluate our accreditation.

The following are the current learning outcomes for the Master of Science in Accounting.

  • Apply critical thinking to accounting issues
  • Demonstrate Effective Written Business Communication
  • Demonstrate effective Verbal Communication  skills for Business
  • Apply professional knowledge skills of accounting.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to accounting/business issues
  • Analyze the international environment

Learning outcomes

For each goal the following are the measureable learning outcomes that are assessed on a regular cycle for assurance of learning. 

 

For the goal --- Apply critical thinking to accounting issues:

  • Identify the critical elements  of an accounting problem/issue
  • Analyze the data/information of the accounting problem/issue
  • Derive relevant conclusions about the accounting problem/issue

For the goal --- Demonstrate Effective Written Business Communication:

  • Organize the correct information for an accounting/business report
  • Develop the  appropriate content for  an accounting/business report
  • Use appropriate writing mechanics

For the goal --- Demonstrate effective Verbal Communication skills for Business:

  • Communicate effectively with business professionals
  • Deliver an organized accounting/business presentation
  • Speak in an organized manner on an accounting/business topic

For the goal --- Apply professional knowledge skills of accounting:

  • Demonstrate competence in fundamental skills in financial accounting
  • Demonstrate competence in fundamental skills in income tax accounting
  • Demonstrate competence in fundamental skills in auditing
  • Demonstrate competence in government accounting

For the goal --- Apply ethical reasoning to accounting/business issues:

  • Identify ethical issues in accounting/business context
  • Critically apply ethical reasoning to an accounting/business situation
  • Choose an appropriate course of action based on ethical standards
  • Evaluate multiple stakeholders perspective in the accounting/business situation

For the goal --- Analyze the international environment:

  • Identify international accounting standards essential to the preparation of international accounting reports
  • Differentiate US accounting, auditing and tax standards and international accounting, auditing and tax standards