Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Business, Accounting and Information Systems
Pamplin College of Business
Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
3007, Mail Code:0101 Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MACIS
MACIS Degree in Business, Accounting and Information Systems
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Business, Accounting and Information Systems
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
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Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-6592
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Apr 15
Spring: Oct 01
Summer I: Mar 01
Summer II: Mar 01
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Department Head : John Maher
Graduate Program Director(s) : Reza Barkhi (Professor), Nadia Rogers (Associate Professor of Practice)
Professors: Reza Barkhi; France Belanger; Sudip Bhattacharjee (National Capital Region); John Maher; Steven Sheetz
Associate Professors: Ling Lisic; David Tegarden; Linda Wallace
Assistant Professors: Andrew Acito; Matthew Cobabe; Robert Davidson; Cintia Easterwood; Matthew Erickson; Dana Garner; Michelle Harding; Sean Hillison; Jingjing Huang; Eugene Johnson; Michelle Lowry; Sarah Stein; Liang Tan; Marshall Vance; Michael Wolfe
Visiting Faculty: Jeffrey Pittman
R. B. Pamplin Professor: France Belanger
KPMG Professor: Reza Barkhi
Thomas M. Wells and Kathy Dargo Professor: Sudip Bhattacharjee (National Capital Region)
John F. Carroll, Jr. Professor: John Maher
Associate Professor of Practice: Nadia Rogers

Accounting and Information Systems Introduction

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Accounting and Information Systems and Ph.D. in Business with concentration in Accounting and Information Systems.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • IBT
      • 105.0
      • 0.0
    • Computer
      • 260.0
    • iBT
      • 105.0
  • GMAT
      • Total : 520.0

  • Master of Accounting and Information Systems Program

    The Master of Accounting and Information Systems Program (MACIS Program or Program) provides graduate level education for professional careers in accounting and information systems. It is especially appropriate for those individuals planning to become a CPA and enter professional accounting.  For those planning to enter a Ph.D. program, the Program offers the necessary foundation.

    The MACIS Program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. For those who have fulfilled the background requirements, the Program consists of 30 semester hours and can normally be completed in 12 months of coursework.  Students without prior collegiate studies in accounting, information systems, and/or business administration can expect to spend additional time in the Program completing prerequisites.

    No more than one grade of C and no grades less than C may be earned by candidates for graduate degrees (this excludes undergraduate prerequisites). A second grade of C or lower, will result in dismissal from the Program, absent extenuating circumstances approved by the student's Advisor and the Department Head.

    The MACIS Program offers five Options designed to prepare students for different types of careers:  Accounting Analytics, Audit, Tax, Financial Services and Information Systems. Accounting Analytics provides students with a degree grounded in applying state-of-the-art analytics concepts, techniques, and software to help solve accounting and assurance problems.
     Audit prepares students to effectively practice as accountants or auditors within a company or public accounting firm, ranging in size from small to Fortune 500 companies and other large entities.  Tax prepares students to provide tax return preparation and consultation services in the tax department of companies or large public accounting firms. It also prepares students to perform these services in smaller public accounting firms where they are likely to perform both audit and tax services. Financial Services provides students with an analytical perspective from which he/she can effectively examine key business decisions related to financial markets and institutions and advise clients accordingly.  Finally, Information Systems prepares students to work within the Advisory Practice of a large professional services firm or in the information technology department within a company.

    Courses generally offered include: 

      • ACIS 5014 Information Systems Audit and Control

      • ACIS 5104 Fundamentals of Accounting

      • ACIS 5124 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

      • ACIS 5194 Financial Statement Analysis*

      • ACIS 5214 Advanced Strategic Cost Management

      • ACIS 5314 Tax Concepts and Research

      • ACIS 5324 Taxation of Business Entities*

      • ACIS 5334 Advanced Corporate Tax

      • ACIS 5364 Multi-jurisdictional Tax Concepts

      • ACIS 5414 Auditing Theory*

      • ACIS 5424 Research and Analysis in Accounting*

      • ACIS 5444 Forensic & Investigative Accounting
      • ACIS 5504 Sys/Database Concepts

      • ACIS 5524 Advanced Database Management Systems

      • ACIS 5534 Information Systems Development

      • ACIS 5584 Information Systems Security and Assurance
      • ACIS 5654G Advanced Accounting Analytics*
      • ACIS 5754 Accounting Internship
      • BIT 5424 Advanced Business Info Viz/Analytics

      • BIT 5534 Applied Business Analytics and Intel II

      • FIN 4264 Managing Risk with Derivatives

      • FIN 4274/5124 Investment Analysis/Portfolio Management

      • FIN 5194 Commercial Law

      • MGT 5384 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership
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        *Course required under all Options

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • GMAT
      • Total : 650.0
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 650.0
    • iBT
      • 115.0

The program leading to the Ph.D. in business with a concentration in accounting and information systems (ACIS) permits the student to pursue advanced graduate studies in preparation for a career in university teaching and research.

The first two to three years of the Ph.D. program are devoted to course work. The program's basic requirements include core course work in accounting and research methods, as well as course work in a supporting area and statistics. The remainder of the time is devoted to the dissertation and development of coauthored research papers. There is no foreign language requirement, although computer proficiency is expected.

The following specific courses are required in the major field: ACIS 5974, 6004, and two of the following: 6014, 6024, and 6504. Depending on a student's background and research method interest, additional ACIS courses will be required. Each candidate for the Ph.D. in business with a major in accounting and information systems must pass the first and second year research paper requirements, a written examination at or near the completion of course work, defend a dissertation proposal before the accounting and information systems faculty, and pass a final oral examination after the dissertation is completed.

Accounting and Information Systems Facilities Introduction

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