Within the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, three degree programs are offered: the bachelor of science in accounting, the masters of science in accounting and the Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in accounting.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting is designed to communicate, measure, and process financial information about an economic entity. To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics must fulfill University Studies requirements, the College pre-major and major requirements, and College core requirements. Students must complete the pre-major courses for accounting majors and at least 27 credit hours of upper-division coursework from the School of Accountancy. This degree requires a minimum 120 semester hours.
The Master of Science in Accounting (MSACC) program at the University of Kentucky has been redesigned to coordinate completion of the MSACC requirements with the Becker CPA exam review course to allow students the opportunity to take the CPA exam while earning the MSACC degree. The MSACC courses will be scheduled to facilitate this integration as presented here. The overall goal of the program is to prepare students for professional careers in public accounting and business. When coupled with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and satisfactory completion of prerequisite undergraduate courses in accounting and business, the MSACC offers students the ability to pursue an interdisciplinary study of accounting and business.
All students in the MSACC program must satisfactorily complete a general core of accounting courses and electives outside the accounting area. The MSACC provides an opportunity for undergraduate accounting majors and others with appropriate backgrounds and the required course prerequisites to obtain additional knowledge and skills in accounting and business.
The Von Allmen School of Accountancy Doctoral Program is designed to equip doctoral graduates for successful careers as educators and researchers at major colleges and universities. In addition to formal doctoral-level coursework and dissertation development, the program also gives students first-hand experiences as researchers and college teachers.
The PhD program is designed to offer a close mentoring relationship with faculty members. First- and second-year papers are completed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students and faculty members also meet weekly for an informal brown-bag lunch to discuss research, teaching, and academic life. Leading accounting academics from well-known schools present and discuss their research at weekly workshops. These scholars also meet with doctoral students to offer advice and information. University of Kentucky faculty members and doctoral students also present their research at these workshops.