The Department of Accounting offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (BBA), Master of Accountancy (MACY) and Doctoral (Ph.D. in Business Administration) degrees. MACY students have the option of focusing on taxation, auditing or financial reporting. The Ph.D. is designed to prepare students for academic careers in research and teaching at the university level. The research agenda of the department focuses on archival based research in a number of areas. Much of the research effort in the department is directed toward issues of corporate governance and accounting decision making. A strong research group focuses on healthcare and not-for-profit accounting. We also have strong faculty in the area of international financial accounting and reporting standards (IFRS). The UTSA College of Business was recently selected as a participating university in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS) program administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation. UTSA accounting doctoral students now will be eligible to apply for the ADS fellowship program which provides four-year $30,000 stipends for 30 candidates each year.
CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CITE)
CITE, an interdisciplinary center in the Colleges of Business and Engineering at UTSA, was established to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures. The newest element of the CITE is the Venture Lab©, an incubator for early state companies. The Venture Lab© allows the center to host and nurture new technology ventures, while providing a rich source for research and a link to entrepreneurial internships for UTSA students.
The Department of Economics at UTSA offers both BA and BBA undergraduate degrees in economics. It also offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Arts and an MBA with a concentration in economics. The faculty members have consistently been leaders in research productivity. In just the last three years alone, the group has achieved 100 scholarly publications with many in highly-ranked economics, finance and statistics journals. The research interests of the faculty members is wide ranging including macroeconomics and monetary theory, econometrics, the economics of education, business economic theory and economic development; but the preponderance of publications have come in the fields of international trade and finance and financial economics. The department is also the home of the editorial offices of three journals: International Review of Economics and Finance, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization andThe Journal of School Choice.
The Information Assurance and Security (IAS) program in the College of Business began in January 2001. UTSA has since been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAEIAE) as well as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research CAE-Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The department offers a BBA degree in IAS, a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) with a concentration in IAS as well as a Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in IAS. The Information System and Technology Management department currently offers courses dedicated exclusively to SCADA system operation and security.
The college has established the Advanced Laboratories for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (ALIAS) which supports a broad spectrum of security-centric activities within the college. The lab’s secure server area supports faculty research in network intrusion detection, development of forensic search algorithms, security modeling with genetic algorithms, and other areas. The lab includes two state-of-the-art technology classroom areas that support student coursework in digital forensics, network and telecommunications security and secure operating system development. A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) lab is under development which will complement SCADA coursework and focus on SCADA security systems.
The college received $1 million to establish the AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Assurance and Security.
The Department of Marketing offers undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral degrees in marketing. The department specializes in consumer behavior research, with an emphasis on consumer psychology. The doctoral program also has a specific emphasis on consumer behavior. Some general areas of research for the current faculty are cross-cultural research, self-identity, impulsive consumption, psycholinguistics, product-harm and blame judgments, mass media and materialism, endorsement advertising, consumer judgment and decision making, gift-giving and ritualistic consumption research and pricing.
Faculty regularly publish in the top academic journals in marketing including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research and Journal of Consumer Psychology.
STATISTICAL CONSULTING CENTER
The Statistical Consulting Center operates within the Department of Management Science and Statistics in the College of Business. The center provides statistical consulting services to UTSA faculty, staff and students, as well as researchers in the community. Non-credit short courses on various statistical topics, including statistical programming, are offered periodically. Faculty members from the Department of Management Science and Statistics participate in the statistical research and education services provided by the center.
The consulting center offers a unique opportunity for local researchers to obtain low cost professional statistical advice and services on various aspects of research, including data management and analysis, interpretation and reporting of results and statistical programming.