Carroll College announced Thursday it will offer a master’s degree in accounting starting in summer 2018.
The master of accountancy program will take a year to complete, with 90 percent of classes online and several in-person courses. It’s the first graduate program to be offered at Carroll.
“The market and need for strong certified public accountants cannot be understated. As an internationally recognized and respected credential, high-quality CPAs are in heavy demand in the workforce in both the state of Montana and throughout the nation,” said Dr. Ashley Hope, assistant professor of accounting.
According to data from the Montana Department of Labor, 3,140 accountants were employed in 2016 at an average wage of $65,000 a year.
The degree program is open to both part-time and full-time students and is flexible to students in various locations. The curriculum will prepare students to specialize in not-for-profit accounting to “assist future Certified Public Accountants in the increasingly complex and dynamic not-for-profit world.” Students will also complete a certification in ethical leadership from the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy.
The program was started with support from Anderson ZurMuehlen and Wipfli LLP.
“The Carroll College accounting department has been strong historically in preparing students for the accounting profession and we are excited to see Carroll taking the next step of investing in these students through the Masters of Accountancy program. This program will provide further knowledge and training that will benefit the Carroll accounting graduates throughout their careers,” said Nate McCarthy, CPA and partner with Wipfli LLP.