Overview of Master of Science in Accounting in Putra Business School Malaysia
Students will be exposed to the relevant theories and critical research issues in their respective areas of specialization. Each student is required to conduct a research study and complete a thesis detailing the research objectives, literature reviewed, the research design, data analysis and findings of the research. The student has to prepare and defend his/her research proposal before being allowed to continue his/her research and completion of his/her thesis.
To qualify for each of the Master of Science (Accounting), applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:
- A recognised Bachelor’s Degree with a CGPA of at least 2.75 or its equivalent in the relevant field; or
- A recognised Bachelor’s Degree with a CGPA of less than 2.75 but not lower than 2.50 or its equivalent in the relevant field, may be accepted subject to having relevant working or research experience, or
- Other qualifications approved by the PBS Senate.
All international candidates graduated from degree programmes whereby English is not the medium of instruction must have obtained a minimum of 550 for the TOEFL Paper-based test or 80 for the Internet-based test, or IELTS Band 6.0, or MUET Band 5.0.
PHASE I – COURSEWORK (6 credit hours)
The coursework is mandatory. Each student must attain an overall CGPA of 3.00 before he/she is allowed to proceed with his/her research in Phase II.
Two core courses (6 credit hours)
- Research Methodology
- Research Analysis
PHASE II – PROPOSAL DEFENCE (PD)
Each student must publicly present and defend his/her MSc research proposal. The assessment at the PD stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge of the extant literature in his/her area of research, his ability to integrate the theories pertinent to the research in formulating the appropriate research framework and his/her ability to adopt the appropriate research design.
The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase III upon passing of the defence of his/her proposal.
PHASE III – THESIS PREPARATION
The student proceeds to continue with his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing.
PHASE IV – VIVA VOCE
After submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a viva-voce to orally defend his/her thesis.
The assessment at the viva voce stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge and ability to complete his/her research study to the satisfaction of the panel of two independent examiners.