Online, On-Campus Courses Offer Flexibility
By Dan Cook
The Manning School’s newly launched Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program has gotten off to a strong start, with first semester enrollment exceeding expectations.
Instead of the projected enrollment of 12, there are now 20 students in the 30-credit program, which is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the accounting field and to sit for the CPA exam.
“The curriculum is tailored in such a way that students with a wide variety of business skills can be successful,” says Prof. Khondkar Karim, coordinator of the program.
Six countries are represented in the student body, another sign of the University’s growing international population. Nearly half of the students in the program earned their undergraduate degrees at UMass Lowell. The average GMAT score of the class was 590 and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.45, Karim says.
“These numbers will definitely be on the rise,” he says. “Having a diverse curriculum and committed staff will help to bring in more applicants.”
MSA student Jagdish Dave sees the program in a similar light.
“I did my research and I saw such a great depth of knowledge from the professors and within the class work that I knew it would help me to reach my goals,” he says.
After moving to the U.S. from India seven years ago, Dave was searching for a master’s program that would allow him to realize his dream of becoming a professor without interrupting his full-time work schedule. UMass Lowell was a perfect fit.
Due to the large number of MSA students juggling full or part-time employment with their courses, every class is offered online in addition to the blended versions including both classroom and online learning.
“I have two blended courses this semester and I really enjoy them,” said Dave. “I’m getting knowledge from many different angles.”