Andrew Douglass ‘15
Merrimack established additional year-long graduate program in Accounting which began this past fall. Director of Business Programs, Leticia Porter, stated that the Girard School of Business is working towards offering a full menu of graduate programs in the near future. The first program offered was the Master of Science in Management, which was designed to be taken alongside other graduate programs offered outside of the Business School. Accounting was then added to give students a broader choice of classes while being able to reap the benefits from the management courses as well. Students enrolled in the accounting program must take management courses as a requirement to obtain their degree. These courses give Merrimack graduates a competitive advantage in the workforce by supplying them with courses that focus on real world applications outside of the classroom.
According to the Merrimack website, the Master of Science in accounting program is designed so that students can obtain additional semester hours required for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Program content has been designed around the CPA exam to provide a solid foundation in accounting practices, as well as management skills that aim to prepare students for their careers. New Master of Science in Finance programs are in discussion for the fall of 2015.