Accounting services are becoming both broader and more specialized. The major changes that have occurred in the accounting profession dictate expanded and updated educational programs. The minimum education necessary for the professional accountant cannot be achieved in four years of undergraduate study. Although one may sit for the Uniform CPA Exam with only 120 hours of college credit, the Virginia Board of Accountancy requires one to have 150 semester hours of education to obtain the CPA License. Additionally, the number of fields open to accounting majors has increased dramatically in recent years requiring graduates to complete specialized courses in operational auditing, fraud examination, managerial accounting, taxation, etc. Therefore, the ideal model for a professional accounting education embodies a Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program that augments a broad undergraduate education. The MS in Accounting program at Old Dominion University is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students with courses offered in the evenings.
The early-entry / linked program is designed for exemplary ODU undergraduate students to begin the MBA program prior to their completion of the undergraduate degree. Early-entry undergraduate students may take MBA-level courses as early as three semesters prior to their graduation and count up to 10 graduate credit hours toward their undergraduate degree. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete for the graduate degree) and should carefully consider their undergraduate degree program requirements when planning their course of study.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate management degree that provides theoretical and practical training to help graduates gain a better understanding of general business management functions. Online or on-campus, part-time or full-time; the 40-credit hour, modular program offers unique opportunities to give you an edge and accelerate your career in an ever-changing and increasingly global business environment on your own terms.
The Master of Arts in Economics at Old Dominion University exposes students to modern economics and the analytical skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. The program is flexible —full-time and part-time— and delivers a solid foundation in economic theory coupled with cutting edge statistics and analytical methods.
The Master of Maritime Trade and Supply Chain Management is a graduate program that provides managers and supply chain professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge, update their skill sets, and enhance their work with supply chain partners, transportation carriers, shippers, sourcing agents, warehouse managers, as well as third parties and governments directly or indirectly involved in the movement of cargo and material flow. This master program educates professionals from the corporate and military sectors to advance their careers. The 30-credit hour curriculum requires critical thinking and investigation in maritime and supply chain industries, including analyses of worldwide port networks and supply chains that contribute to enhanced productivity.
The MPA program prepares students for careers as professionals in public service and provides students who have considerable experience in the public sector an opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, skills and abilities, enables them to advance their careers. The MPA develops individuals' competencies in public sector management, public policy analysis, and public decision-making processes. Our graduates hold positions as city managers, program planners, policy analysts, and managers in federal, state, and local agencies, as well as non-profit agencies.
The Early Start MPA (4+1) is a fast-tracked program designed for highly motivated students to continue their education immediately after their bachelor's degree. It is especially beneficial to individuals seeking work or advancement in the government or non-profit sectors. After receiving their undergraduate degree, students will continue with the Master of Public Administration program, taking courses until completing the required 39 credit hours for the degree. Students can choose to pursue a traditional MPA or concentrations in Multisector Public Service or Non-Profit Management and Governance. The MPA program also offers certificates in Public Procurement and Contract Management and Public Administration & Public Policy. Students can complete the Early Start MPA (4+1) in an intensive year of work. A potential course of study may include • Up to 9 credit hours* in the final undergraduate year • 1-3 classes in the Summer • 3-4 courses in the Fall • and 3-4 courses in the Spring The MPA program is flexible and will extend the expected completion time for a student if this proves difficult.
The Ph.D. Program in Business Administration requires all applicants to identify an area of specialization from Finance, Information Technology/Supply Chain Management, Marketing, & Strategic Management. After admittance and upon arrival on campus, the new student will meet with the Program Director for the Ph.D. in Business Administration. During the student's first semester in the program the Ph.D. Director, in consultation with the student, will assign a program advisor or advisory committee.
The Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy program develops expert leaders and scholars in public and nonprofit administration and policy who are capable of creating and disseminating knowledge that advances public service in a multi-sector environment. Today, effective public administration and policy-making often requires collaborative decisions and problem solving. We take a multi-sector approach, focusing the challenges that arise where governments, nonprofits, businesses, community groups, and individuals intersect. Our program is compatible with most previous academic areas and careers, such as political science, criminal justice, social work, engineering, business, fine arts, environmental sciences, education, etc.
Graduate Certificate Programs
As entrepreneurs come from a variety of different backgrounds and launch businesses in different sectors of the economy, the ODU undergraduate Entrepreneurship Certificate is open to all ODU students. If you are interested in starting a new venture in public, private, or non-profit sector, the certificate program will offer you the skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for your career aspirations.
This certificate program is designed to help working maritime and port professionals develop and sharpen their maritime and port management skills. This online Graduate Certificate can give you the ability to develop logistics solutions for your organization as you gain an understanding of how companies use international shipping and supply chain networks to acquire and deliver goods and services domestically and worldwide. The program consists of four graduate level courses that expose students to international shipping, port management, maritime law, port operations an planning.
Upgrade your skills in the areas of policy analysis and public management, by developing analytical and management knowledge and capabilities. The core three courses in this certificate cover administrative theory, ethics, public policy and evaluation. You'll choose an elective for the fourth course, from topics such as leadership, collaboration, public-private partnerships, human services administration, negotiation and dispute resolution, and financial management.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement and Contract Management can provide knowledgeable individuals with excellent job opportunities and career growth. Whether you're a student choosing a career path or you're a manager who wants to expand your skillset and leverage procurement and contract management to achieve your strategic goals, this graduate certificate can help open new doors and opportunities.
This certificate program is designed to help working supply chain professionals advance their careers by developing and enhancing their supply chain management and leadership/planning skills. The program consists of four graduate courses that expose students to supply chain management and logistics, transportation management, strategic sourcing and supply management, and distribution center management.