News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy

Online Success

Adrian Ramos was able to move from Natchez to Houston, TX, without interruption to his graduate studies.

The online master’s programs, now in their second academic year, are proving to be a strong addition to the Adkerson School of Accountancy’s offerings.

“The online programs are exceeding our expectations – we’re thrilled with the bright students who are enrolling,” says Trina Pollan, Online Graduate Coordinator for Accountancy. “Our online graduate accounting programs are meeting a real need, especially for students who are employed or want to enhance their capabilities and career prospects.”

The programs’ appeal, she notes, lies not only in its quality but also in the flexibility it offers. Students take the same courses from the same professors as their on-campus counterparts. But they can fit it into their daily schedules as needed, around existing jobs or other life commitments. The programs can be started during any semester.

Student Adrian Ramos finds the programs’ flexibility particularly beneficial. In mid-February, he moved from an accounting position with Delta Fuel in Natchez to one with in Houston, TX.

“Getting my MPA online made it possible to be open to new opportunities in other places,” he states. “And being able to do school while working full time is very, very helpful.”

When Ramos began looking for online MBA programs, a deciding factor in his selection of MSU was the option to include an Accounting Data Analytics minor. He believes that knowledge enhances his success in his new position, which entails a fair amount of reporting.

“I feel like I’m getting the same education as if I were on campus,” says Ramos, whose undergraduate accounting degree is from Northwestern State University’s online program. “The professors record their in-person classes, and when I email them, I get fast responses. I also like that you get to meet new people – working on group projects is a good way to make connections. I still keep up with people I worked with on a project last semester.”

Tracy Morgan was one of the first to enroll in the online MTX program and one of the first to complete it. At the time, she was an Accounting Instructor at Mississippi College (MC) and Holmes Community College; she already held an undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA from MC. She was pleased to learn MSU was going to offer the same quality curriculum online as in the classroom, so that she would not have to interrupt her own teaching to earn a master’s in accounting.

She has since joined the accounting faculty at Louisiana State University, teaching Managerial Accounting and serving as the advisor for the Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

“The MTX online program allowed me to keep working full-time while pursuing a second master’s degree,” she remarks. “I enjoyed all of the professors, and the program was interesting and challenging.”

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