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Learning Outcomes: MACC

In keeping with the strategic thrust of Saint Louis University, the undergraduate and graduate accounting paths together seek to engage its students in five interrelated dimensions contributing to the development of the whole person: scholarship and knowledge, intellectual inquiry and communication, community building, spirituality and values, and leadership and service.


Overview

The Department of Accounting seeks to develop and maintain programs at the forefront of accounting education. The department’s educational mission is delivered by way of two paths: an undergraduate accounting concentration and a graduate accounting program, each with distinct but complementary goals. The undergraduate accounting concentration emphasizes fundamental technical competency, professional knowledge and skills designed to prepare students for careers in accounting, business, or graduate school. The overarching goal of the graduate (MACC) program is to further develop students’ professional knowledge, competency, skills and values for a career in accountancy. New advanced content is also introduced in the graduate program. However, the focus is on enhancing students’ technical competency, and critical thinking, interpersonal, communication, and judgment skills.


Course Map

While exploring the outcomes below for the Master of Accounting, we encourage you to review the course map.

A mapping of four of these dimensions into the MACC program and its learning goals (delineated below) is as follows:

  1. technical competency and professional knowledge reflects the scholarship and knowledge dimension of the Saint Louis University experience,
  2. critical thinking skills including the ability to gather, evaluate, analyze and apply relevant information to complex accounting-related issues and communicate the results effectively reflect the intellectual inquiry and communication dimension of the Saint Louis University experience, 
  3. the ability to work effectively in diverse teams and employment settings, and communicate effectively with others in solving complex problems reflects the community building dimension of the Saint Louis University experience, and 
  4. the spirituality and values dimension of the Saint Louis University experience is embedded in the expectation that our graduates will demonstrate understanding of appropriate professional conduct and ethical behavior. The fourth dimension of the Saint Louis University experience, leadership and service, is captured primarily in the undergraduate program by school-wide initiatives such as the Service Leadership Program.

Master of Accounting (MACC) Learning Goals

Consistent with the overarching goal of the MACC program, learning for MACC students will be at an appropriate, advanced level, designed to enhance the student’s undergraduate accounting preparation.

Technical Competency and Professional Knowledge

SLU MACC graduates will demonstrate technical competency and possess appropriate professional knowledge. Each student will:

Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

SLU MACC graduates will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills. Each student will:

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

SLU MACC graduates will demonstrate interpersonal skills. Each student will:

Professional Values and Ethics

SLU MACC graduates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and appropriately respond to ethical issues in the practice of accounting. Each student will:


Learning Goals Assessment by Course

Embedded assessment tools are employed in individual courses where the most intensive coverage occurs to assess the learning objectives that purport to meet the related program learning goals. However, because each student’s program of study reflects his or her career goals (i.e., some graduate accounting courses are taken only by some MACC students), learning objectives tied to program goals are, to the extent possible, spread across several courses.

Note that supplementary measures of program effectiveness including performance evaluation of interns, placement statistics, feedback from members of the advisory board, and performance on CPA examinations are also employed.

Technical Competency and Professional Knowledge

Each student will apply knowledge of relevant professional standards and the regulatory environment to resolve financial reporting issues of U.S. and multinational business entities.

Each student will apply knowledge of tax laws for planning (including financial planning) and compliance purposes.

Each student will recognize and evaluate areas of potential legal concern in the business environment and demonstrate understanding of the role of legal issues in risk assessment.

Each student will recognize and evaluate areas of potential risk in an entity’s business processes and information technology environment.

Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Each student will gather, interpret, evaluate, analyze and apply relevant professional standards to complex accounting-related issues, and come to well-reasoned conclusions.

Each student will apply analytical and quantitative techniques to evaluate financial statements within the context of risk assessment and firm valuation.

Each student will communicate complex ideas and thought effectively both orally and in writing.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Each student will work effectively in diverse teams and employment settings toward a common goal.

Professional Values and Ethics

Each student will identify ethical issues and decision alternatives by incorporating appropriate professional codes of conduct and social responsibility.

Each student will demonstrate professional conduct and demeanor in business settings.