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With the demand for accountants and auditors projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, changes in Stetson University’s Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program will position Stetson to better meet these demands.

The School of Business Administration’s M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy is implementing two significant changes, including a new tax track and alternative delivery formats, for the M.Acc. program, starting this fall.

Students who plan to focus on taxation, whether with a CPA firm, governmental agency, or corporation, may now select a tax-track specialization comprising three online courses. The courses will count toward the 30 credits to graduate and will include Tax Research, Taxation of U.S. Corporations, and Taxation of U.S. Partnerships.

“There is a demand in Central Florida for professionals with a specialization in tax, and Stetson’s new tax track will fulfill this,” explained Mike Bitter, Ph.D., director of the M.Acc. program.

Recognizing the unique needs of students in the age of technology, the M.Acc. program now offers two delivery formats for students to choose from: hybrid and online.

“The program formats now allow students to choose the option that works best for their schedule and learning style,” Bitter said. “The hybrid delivery keeps an important element for students who thrive on in-person interaction with faculty and fellow students, but also takes advantage of technology, while the online delivery allows working students to pursue a degree without having to travel to campus.”

The M.Acc. program can be completed in as little as one year and is designed to complement preparation for the CPA exam and/or meet the 150 credit hours required by many states for CPA licensure.

For more information, visit www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/master-of-accountancy.php.

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