PLYMOUTH — Graduate business students at Plymouth State University have new programs to choose from this fall. The school has launched a Master of Science in Accounting, and has added to its Master’s of Business Administration with expanded programs in Healthcare Administration and International Business.
All three programs, says Director of Graduate Business Programs Jennifer Pinckney, can be completed through online instruction, though some individual courses are offered in Plymouth or at PSU’s Concord site.
The three new graduate programs are available starting with the fall, 2014, term, which begins Sept. 1. In addition, registrations for fall admission into PSU’s undergraduate degree programs are being accepted through Sept. 3. Some openings remain for undergraduate first-year and transfer students.
Pinckney says the MS in Accounting program offers specialized content to prepare students for licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She adds that PSU’s program starts at a time when New Hampshire has changed requirements for obtaining the CPA license. While 120 college credit hours are required to take the CPA exam, equal to most undergraduate programs, licensure requires an additional credit 30 hours, similar to a master’s degree.
“Given the change in state requirements for licensure, we wanted to provide professionals a unique program to explore accounting topics in more detail,” Pinckney said.
The programs in Healthcare Administration and International Business both grew out of PSU’s popular Masters of Business Administration program. Pinckney says the MBA in Healthcare Administration program is already the largest of PSU’s graduate programs. The program attracts students from throughout the United States and from around the world.
“We see hospital administrators, doctors, allied health professionals and careers changers all entering this program,” she says, to better understand the business side of health care. The convenience of online instruction is a draw but Pinckney adds students note courses in ethics, finance and management as especially valuable in launching or furthering their careers.
In the International Business program, students dig deep into topics such as global finance, multinational marketing, and managing operations on a global level. Pinckney says PSU is leveraging its current international experience – including faculty members from throughout the world – to help equip employees at New Hampshire and New England firms to better compete in the global marketplace.
For more information about PSU graduate programs, visit plymouth.edu/graduate. To learn about applying for admission to the PSU undergraduate programs, visit plymouth.edu/admissions.