UA adds three business graduate degree programs

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Master’s degrees in professional accounting, applied business analytics and supply chain management will be offered this fall in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

In a news release Monday (May 18) UA officials said the programs were created to meet industry demand.

“The business world needs professionals who can analyze substantial amounts of data and deliver accounting and supply chain solutions at a sophisticated and global level,” said Matt Waller, dean of the Walton College. “Industry demands it, and we are stepping up to meet the demand.”

The Master of Professional Accounting degree program provides a one-year preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in one of three concentrations for targeted future professional career paths. The concentrations include: assurance and analytics, corporate accounting and taxation. Each concentration can lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

The Master of Applied Business Analytics, a 30-credit hour program, focuses on business analytics, data visualization, data handling and management, machine learning methods and business problem solving. It is a STEM-designated degree and is offered as a full-time or part-time program.

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, offered as a flexible 30-hour part-time program, is geared toward early career professionals who desire advanced supply chain management expertise. Students may focus on specialized tracks, including business analytics, enterprise resource planning, retail supply chain management, finance or blockchain enterprise systems.

“Business leaders need more quantitative skills in highly analytical positions,” said Alan Ellstrand, associate dean for academic programs and research in the Walton College. “Many of these companies are data rich, but information poor. They need professionals to create and deliver insights to drive their business.”

There’s more information about the graduate degree programs at this link.