Why online in 2003?
Quality. Flexibility. Relevance.
When the program transitioned online it was specifically designed to shift the focus of learning from the faculty member to the student who would identify needed information and was able to apply a process of acquiring that information.
In response to student and business community requests for flexibility, the MSA transitioned to an online asychronous delivery format in 2003 giving students the ability to balance work full-time work while simultaneously pursuing the MSA. Students were able to travel for business or even relocate and seamlessly continue in the program.
Research showed that online delivery format was representative of what to expect in the professional work environment. Not only the MSA content but its online delivery format was relevant to what professionals in our program could expect to encounter in the work environment.
This year the MSA program turns 20! The first class began in 1999 making the MSA the 2nd masters program introduced by UConn's School of Business.
In 1992, the CT State Board of Accountancy passed legislation requiring anyone seeking to sit for the CPA, from January 2000 on, to have obtained 150 educational credits (previously requiring Bachelors degree of 120 credits, 24 of which being accounting) with 36 of them specific accounting credits.
This announced legislation gave UConn Accounting department a little bit of time to figure out what to do to ensure their undergrad accounting students were prepared with a way to continue on the path in pursuit of a CPA license.
Accounting Department Head, Professor Dick Kochanek and Professor Andrew Rosman spent the next 6 years working tirelessly with department faculty on developing and gaining university and state approval for the masters program.
SUCCESS! In 1999, the program accepted its first class of students.
Professor Andrew Rosman, a.k.a MSA Program Director, worked closely with the business community and students. He heard the need for FLEXIBILITY loud and clear and had the foresight to move the program to an online format in 2003 where students could participate either FT or PT.