DePaul University’s graduate tax and
accountancy programs are once again ranked among the top 10 in the nation by
TaxTalent in its 2016 Top in Tax Educational Survey of employers.
DePaul’s Master in Taxation (MST) degree program ranked No. 4 and the Master in Accountancy (MACC) placed No. 6. DePaul
was the only school from Chicago in both of these top 10 rankings. DePaul’s
undergraduate accountancy program also was recognized for its excellence,
placing No. 10 nationally.
“Having both undergraduate and graduate
programs ranked nationally proves that employers like what they see from DePaul
graduates,” says John Ahern, interim director of the School of
Accountancy and Management Information Systems. “We have been able to recruit
and retain the highest quality faculty, who provide a top-notch education that
appeals to employers. We also actively seek out employment opportunities for
students, providing them a wide variety of career opportunities and
TaxTalent’s rankings are sourced directly from
the employer perspective. Every year they poll over 150 hiring managers of
in-house corporate tax departments to get their expert opinion on national
accounting programs. The goal of TaxTalent’s survey is to bridge the gap between
academia and the professional world by aligning the needs and wants of
employers with how schools are preparing students for their future careers.
DePaul’s MACC and MST programs align with that goal as they bring real-world
education into the classroom.
“The MST program is taught not
out of textbooks, but from the original source material by practitioners—people
who are actually doing what is being taught,” says Ron Marcuson, director of
the MST program and a retired tax partner with 30 years of experience at Ernst
& Young. “What we do is give students the technical skills necessary to
succeed in their current jobs or to help them move to a better job.”
The MST curriculum is
constantly being reevaluated and new seminar courses are added regularly to
address new hot areas in tax according to employers. In addition, DePaul offers
flexibility to MST students by offering the exact same high-quality
instruction, outstanding faculty and content-rich curriculum entirely online.
The online format provides students the opportunity to gain
the necessary skills to advance in the taxation field during the
student’s own timeframe.
Also available in a high
quality online format, DePaul’s MACC degree prepares accounting
students for forensic and internal auditing roles that are in high demand by
employers. (Read more about his program).
master of accountancy program is very unique,” says Cindy Durtschi, associate
professor and director of MACC. “Most master in accountancy programs act like a
fifth year to make students eligible for the CPA exam. Our program prepares
students to succeed in an accounting career by teaching advanced skills that
are high in demand. Where we set ourselves apart is a curriculum that makes our
students better accountants by having real-world practice in the classroom
setting.” (Read a related story about the DePaul MACC program).
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