What will I learn in the Prep Track that I won't learn elsewhere?

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Introduction

Many students who enter the Ph.D. Prep Track choose not to pursue doctoral studies for many reasons following completion of the MAcc Program at BYU. For that reason, some may wonder about the benefits of the Ph.D. Prep Track, which is an integral part of the Professional and Tax Routes at BYU, as compared with the more general approach taken by most students in the MAcc Program.

Learning Outcomes

BYU has published the expected learning outcomes for both the professional and tax stems.

Course Comparison

The official list of courses can be found on the Marriott School website. The class requirements differ for the professional (auditing) stem students (requirements listed here) and tax stem students (requirements listed here).

The following table displays required courses for completion of the MAcc Program and compares each specific option to the other available options in the program. This schedule is flexible and can be customized based on feedback from the Prep track coordinator and individual students. To help you determine what classes will help with each research methodology, some recommendations are offered on what classes to take beyond the basic Prep Track requirements. See the Ph.D. prep track program coordinator to discuss specifics about courses.

Course Comparison between the Tax and Professional Routes

Course Credits Pro Route Ph.D. Prof Tax Route Ph.D. Tax
MSM Graduate Core
FinanceBUS M 520
3.0
x
x
x
x
Operations ManagementBUS M 530
3.0
x
x
x
x
Organizational BehaviorBUS M 540
3.0
x
x
x
x
Marketing ManagementBUS M 550
3.0
x
x
x
x
12.0
12.0
12.0
12.0
Course Credits Pro Route Ph.D. Prof Tax Route Ph.D. Tax
General SOA/Management
Money, Banking, & BusinessACC 453
3.0
x
x
Strategic ManagementBUS M 581
3.0
x
x
x
x
Ethics, Business, & SocietyBUS M 582
3.0
x
x
x
x
9.0
6.0
9.0
6.0
Course Credits Pro Route Ph.D. Prof Tax Route Ph.D. Tax
General Accounting - Professional
Research SeminarACC 515
3.0
x
Advanced TaxationACC 522
3.0
x
Accounting Information Systems Risk and ControlACC 525
3.0
x
x
Advanced Financial Statement AuditingACC 530
3.0
x
x
Advanced Managerial AccountingACC 531
1.5
x
x
Advanced Professional Financial AccountingACC 540
3.0
x
x
Financial Statement AnalysisACC 541
1.5
x
x
Professional Accounting Elective 1
3.0
x
Professional Accounting Elective 2
3.0
x
Finance ElectiveMBA 621-628
3.0
x
Elective 1
3.0
x
Elective 2
3.0
x
33.0
12.0
-
-
Course Credits Pro Route Ph.D. Prof Tax Route Ph.D. Tax
General Accounting - Tax
Advanced Financial AccountingACC 503
3.0
x
Advanced Taxation ORACC 522
3.0
x
Tax Research MethodologyACC 523
3.0
x
x
Special Problems in Federal TaxationACC 560
3.0
x
Corporate Taxation IACC 561
3.0
x
Corporate Taxation IIACC 562
3.0
x
Taxation of PartnershipsACC 563
3.0
x
Accounting Methods and Accounting for Income TaxesACC 566
3.0
x
Federal Income TaxationMBA 602
3.0
x
Tax Elective 1ACC 5xx
3.0
x
x
Tax Elective 2ACC 5xx
3.0
x
Elective 1
3.0
x
Elective 2
3.0
x
Elective 3
3.0
x
-
-
33.0
12.0
Course Credits Pro Route Ph.D. Prof Tax Route Ph.D. Tax
General Ph.D. Prep Courses
Introduction to Academic ResearchACC 516
3.0
x
x
Academic Research ApplicationsACC 517
1.0
x
x
Readings & ConferenceACC 591R
2.0
x
x
Statistical Methods for Research ISTAT 511
3.0
x
x
Statistical Methods for Research II ORSTAT 512
3.0
x
x
Advanced EconometricsECON 588
3.0
x
x
Statistics for EconomistsECON 378
3.0
x
x
Intermediate Price Theory IECON 380
3.0
x
x
Intermediate MacroeconomicsECON 381
3.0
x
x
Introduction to EconometricsECON 388
3.0
x
x
-
24.0
-
24.0
Total Credits
54.0
54.0
54.0
54.0

A couple notes about the table:

  • Make sure to review the updated course list from the accounting department before adding classes to your schedule.
  • The Ph.D. Prep Track is an integral part of each of the Professional and Tax Routes. The major differences as shown in the table are the substitution of certain professional and tax electives for additional courses in economics and statistics.
  • Tax students may also choose between taking Advanced Taxation (Acc 522) and Tax Research Methodology (Acc 523).

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