Inspiring Professors Inspire Students

An article by University of Scranton accounting professors has won a prestigious Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Gold Medal as the “outstanding article of the year” for 2019, marking the fourth medal, and second gold medal, to be awarded to professors at Scranton in just six years. The manuscript recognized was “Beyond Internal Controls: The Need for Behavioral Assessment and Modification in Fraud Mitigation Efforts,” by professors Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., James Boyle, D.B.A., and Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., which was published in the fall 2018 edition of Management Accounting Quarterly.

The Lybrand Competition considers for awards all manuscripts published during the year in the Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA)Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Quarterly journals, both of which are rated among the top five practitioner journals.

In 2016, the article “The Continuing Saga of Goodwill Accounting,” by Dr. Douglas Boyle, Dr. Mahoney and Brian Carpenter, Ph.D., received IMA’s Lybrand Gold Medal. In 2014, the article “New Rules for Lessee Accounting: A Summary of the Lessee Provisions of Accounting Standards Update” by the three professors received IMA’s Lybrand Bronze Medal, and in 2015, the manuscript “Operation Broken Gate: The SEC Holding Gatekeepers Accountable” by Drs. Douglas and James Boyle, Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Mahoney received the IMA’s Lybrand Silver Medal.

In addition to the medals, manuscripts entitled “The SEC Whistleblower Program Expands Focus: Retaliatory Behavior, Confidentiality Agreements, and Compliance Personnel” by Drs. Douglas and James Boyle and Dr. Carpenter and “Goodwill Impairment Adequacy: Perspectives of Accounting Professionals” by Dr. Douglas Boyle, Dr. Carpenter, and Dr. Daniel Mahoney received 2016 Lybrand Certificates of Merit. Finally, manuscripts titled “Avoiding the Fraud Mind-set” by Drs. Douglas Boyle and James Boyle and Dr. Mahoney and “Goodwill Accounting: A Closer Examination of the Matter of Nonimpairments” by Dr. Douglas Boyle, Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Mahoney received Lybrand Certificates in 2015 and 2012, respectively.

Dr. Douglas Boyle currently serves as chair of the Accounting Department at Scranton, director of the University’s internationally recognized DBA program and the founder and director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program. In addition, he, along with Dr. James Boyle and Dr. Mahoney, led the University’s effort to establish a Business High School Scholars Program.

A Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Management Accountant, Dr. Boyle has more than 25 years of industry executive experience. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Boyle was profiled in 2019 as one of just six “Professors to Know in Business Programs Based in the Northeast” selected by Bschools.org, an online resource for entrepreneurs. Dr. Boyle earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, an MBA from Columbia University and a doctorate from Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Boyle’s research has been published in numerous academic and practitioner journals, such as The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP), Accounting Horizons, Current Issues in Auditing, The Journal of Accounting Education, The Accounting Educators’ Journal, The Journal of Accountancy, Strategic Finance, Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor, Management Accounting Quarterly, The CPA Journal, Internal Auditing, The Journal of Applied Business Research and The Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Mahoney earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from The University of Scranton as well as a doctorate in accounting from Syracuse University. A Certified Public Accountant, he was named Kania School of Management’s Professor of the Year five times and has won numerous other awards for teaching.

Dr. Mahoney’s research has been published in numerous professional journals, such as The CPA JournalInternal Auditor, Management Accounting Quarterly and Journal of Business and Economics Research, Accounting and Financial Management.

Dr. James Boyle holds a bachelor’s and MBA from The University of Scranton and a DBA from Kennesaw State University. He has taught part-time at the University since 2009 and full-time since 2012 and also served as an internal auditor for the University for more than a decade. He has published articles in multiple academic journals, including The CPA Journal, Strategic Finance, The Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting and Internal Auditing.


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Helping Our Students Succeed

Graduate Academic & Student Services

The goal of the Office of Graduate Academic and Student Services is to assist graduate students (current and prospective), in achieving goals by way of providing resources and services.
We are housed in O’Hara Hall, 5th Floor. Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Fall 2019 New Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 5:00pm in the DeNaples Center, 4th Floor

For more information, contact Lisa LoBasso, Director of Graduate Academic and Student Services @ lisa.lobasso@scranton.edu

Resources available include:

  • Academic Centers & Services
  • Career Services
  • Financial Resources
  • Housing and Dining
  • International Student Resources
  • Community Relations
  • Study Abroad
    and more!

Visit this website for helpful links!

The Graduate Student Experience


Our Campus

Our 58-acre campus is located in the heart of Scranton, a community of 75,000 within a greater metropolitan area of 750,000 people.

The Electric City – a nickname the city of Scranton earned as the first city in the United States to have electric street cars – is as much a part of the University as any of our student residences, dining halls or athletic venues.

Graduate Housing

Graduate Housing is currently offered in the Quincy Avenue Apartments, which opened in August of 2015. Graduate housing is based on full-time graduate student status and position on our wait list.

The former junior high school at 528 Quincy Avenue in Scranton’s Historic Hill Section, only a block and a half from The DeNaples Center, has gotten new life through a unique, collaborative project that has revitalized the long-vacant, newly-renovated structure into an early childhood learning center and graduate student housing facility.

The 2nd and 3rd floors of the building have been converted into 24 University-operated graduate apartments that are comparable in design to those in Montrone & Pilarz Halls. Each apartment has a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Most apartments have double occupancy with a limited number of singles and triples, all with private bedrooms.

Learn more about graduate housing.

Dining on Campus

When you’re looking for a bite to eat on campus, we know you want options, which is why we offer nearly a half-dozen dining locations from which to choose. From signature sandwiches and paninis to stone-baked pizzas and grilled Montreal salmon, if you crave it, it’s likely available. That goes for our vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free students as well.

Don’t confuse our multiple dining and meal options for quantity over quality. Students praise our options because we offer “good healthy food” as inexpensively as “fast food, which encourages healthy eating.” These same students rank our quality of food as “very high.”

Learn more about dining options on campus.

Advising

Upon enrolling at the University, you will be assigned a faculty mentor that will work with you throughout your program. The mentor will assist you with course planning and we encourage you to work closely with your mentor and utilize them as a resource!

The Panuska College of Professional Studies and the Kania School of Management also have Advising Centers to assist with academic advising, course registration, and to develop an overall understanding of your educational needs. For additional information on the PCPSor KSOM Advising Centers, visit their websites.

 

 

 


What can you expect as a graduate student at The University of Scranton?

Becoming a CPA: It’s Worth it!

As well as taking into account other people’s finances, accountants like to find themselves in the black. Knowing a CPA can improve your salary by at least 33 percent is an important number.

The infographic below gives a clear statistical depiction that earning a CPA translates into earning more money. Different jobs are possible as a Certified Public Accountant and qualification provides a springboard to jumping further up the ladder. The demand for CPAs for accounting firms remains high, and the CPA job outlook strong.

The University of Scranton Master of Accountancy program is structured to build up ALL the skills accountants need. Learnings go beyond proficiency with the bottom line and a company’s books. These soft skills for accountants include better communication, ethical components, and management techniques for leading a team.

One equally important goal of Scranton’s MAcc degree is to provide a wide knowledge foundation for CPA exam preparation. Passing the CPA exam allows you to be a part of the growing accountancy industry, which is developing more rapidly than the national average for careers. Prepare yourself – to make more money and enjoy the benefits of being a CPA.

Learn more about the Master of Accountancy program at The University of Scranton.

Why Choose Scranton for a Graduate Program?

Nationally Recognized Programs & Points of Pride

The University of Scranton is committed to providing excellent and rigorous graduate education through programs that will prepare you for careers. Students focus on their fields of specialization under the guidance of our top-notch faculty and benefit from our state-of-the-art technology and other resources.

Many of our graduate programs are nationally recognized for their quality and affordability:

  • U.S. News & World Report’sBest Colleges” has ranked The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North for 25 consecutive years.
  • Our MBA program was ranked among the top 15 in the nation for general management by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
  • Our master’s in health administration (MHA) program ranked No. 1 in the nation for full-time enrolled students in a list published by Modern Healthcare, a health care business weekly magazine.
  • In its 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” guidebook, U.S. News & World Report ranked several of The University of Scranton’s master’s degree programs among the best in the nation:
    Operations Management (15) Rehabilitation Counseling (24)
    Information Systems (20) Health Administration (42)
    Finance (23) Physical Therapy (53)
    Accounting (28) Occupational Therapy (58)
    Part-time MBA (74) Nurse Anesthesia (65)
  • Scranton’s online Master’s in Accountancy program was named Best in the Nation by Best Colleges, an independent online higher education resource.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Online Programs” ranked the University’s online MBA program No. 91 in the nation. The University’s graduate program in Education ranked No. 113.
  • Our MBA in Health Care Management program is ranked #25 by AffordableColleges.com in a list of the most affordable online master’s in healthcare management programs in the nation.  Scranton’s program stood out in both quality and affordability.
  • Scranton’s graduate Nursing program was recently ranked #98 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

To learn more about our graduate programs, click here.