MS in Accounting/MBA Curriculum
The MS in Accounting/MBA fuses theory and practice to provide you with exponentially more powerful understanding of business and accounting. The professionals at leading accounting firms partner with us to design our curriculum to ensure that we provide you with skills and insights that are absolutely relevant and applicable to real-world business challenges.
All courses in the MS in Accounting/MBA program are required; there are no electives. This is a lock-step program, with all courses taken in sequence. Classes begin in May.
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Summer 1 Term
Examines the development of financial reports including their underlying concepts and measurement theories. Corporate financial reporting is a dynamic process in which information is provided to internal and external decision makers to assist them in the effective allocation of economic resources. Examines the legal, economic, and political processes that influence the financial reporting process.
ACCT 6220 | 3 credits
Examines today’s evolving environment, in which effective utilization of human resources is a source of competitive advantage. To maximize the contribution of organizational members, managers must be able to understand, diagnose, and influence workplace behavior in the context of change. Topics include management of cross-functional teams and boundaryless organizations. Emphasis is on the role of corporate culture and distributed leadership.
HRMG 6200 | 3 credits
Summer 2 Term
Continues ACCT 6220. Examines corporate financial reporting in the decision-making process. Emphasis is on the economic consequences of alternative financial reporting practices. Provides students with the ability to understand and utilize critical information contained in corporate financial reports to improve business decision making.
ACCT 6221 | 6 credits
Trains managers to understand the competitive implications of global economic policies, the business effects of technological change, and the commercial imperatives of alternative political systems at a macro level. At a micro level, it creates a framework for industry analysis in a global setting that combines economic analysis, competitive analysis, and business decision-making skills.
MECN 6200 | 3 credits
Provides students with basic information analysis skills and tools needed to manage effectively in today’s information-intensive business climate. Exposes students to analytical problems from different areas of business and the quantitative concepts and techniques that can analyze them. Course objectives are to improve the information analysis skills of the students, to provide students with a working knowledge of important statistical tools, to help students become more critical evaluators of studies and reports involving statistical and quantitative methods, and to improve skills in communicating the results of analyses. Offers students the opportunity to learn how to evaluate, analyze, and interpret data, and present their findings and conclusions that will be most useful for managerial decision making through the use of business applications and analytical software.
MGSC 6200 | 3 credits
Continues the study of corporate financial reporting, covering specialized topics that assume knowledge of the accounting principles covered in the first two courses. Topics include corporate reporting as equity instruments, executive compensation, reporting of fund flows, and reporting and disclosures for corporations engaged in diverse economic activities and those operating across geographic boundaries. Examines accounting and disclosure standards in the United States and in other countries, as well as standards developed by international bodies. Covers financial reporting models used by governmental and nonprofit entities.
ACCT 6222 | 6 credits
Introduces the attest function and its application to financial statement opinion audits and other assurance services common in today’s professional environment. Emphasizes a risk-based approach to audit planning, the internal control structure, and the control environment; the design of test of controls, substantive tests, and the resultant audit report. Topics include audit sampling, audit evidence, audit procedures, workpaper preparation, the impact of information technology on the audit process, and the auditor’s responsibility to detect fraud. A primary focus is the auditor’s legal and ethical responsibilities. Emphasis is also on operational audits, compliance audits, reviews, compilation, and other attestation services.
ACCT 6223 | 6 credits
Introduces the principles of taxation including income and expenses, tax accounting methods, and the tax implications of property transactions (including the calculation of basis as well as gains and losses). Emphasizes tax compliance, planning, and research as they impact the decision-making process for individuals, corporations, and flow-through entities.
ACCT 6224 |6 credits
Provides students with a fundamental understanding of the impact of technology on the organization and its financial systems. In particular, students are exposed to the new business models that technology enables and the control issues that these business models create. Discusses emerging technologies, digital business, supply chain, customer relationship management, and other technology subjects. Requires admission to MS/MBA program.
ACCT 6201 | 3 credits
Deals with issues related to corporate governance and audit committee mechanisms in preventing financial reporting disasters and in providing high-quality financial reports to global capital markets. Emphasizes the role of the board of directors and its committees, management, shareholders, external auditors, and internal auditors in developing sound ethical practices and a good corporate governance culture. Examines efforts by legislative and regulatory bodies and the accounting profession in improving financial reporting transparency and auditor independence.
ACCT 6217 | 3 credits
First, students complete a 3-month internship at an accounting firm between January and March. Students return to school in April for two additional classes.
Focuses on integrative management of the flow of goods, services, and related information from product development, sourcing and procurement, production operations and control, logistics management, and attendant management of relationships between firms through delivery to end consumer. Offers students an opportunity to gain foundational knowledge on supply chain and operations management concepts and techniques.
SCHM 6200 | 3 credits
Examines the strategic decisions that managers need to make concerning the acquisition, measurement, and management of firm resources. Focuses on the strategic use of cost information for planning and controlling, and the use of cost analysis in making critical business decisions.
ACCT 6226 | 3 credits
Summer 1 Term
Focuses on marketing analysis and planning. Emphasizes analysis of customer needs and company and competitor capabilities. This analysis forms the basis of a sound marketing strategy that provides value to customers in a way superior to competitors. Discusses how to deliver this strategy through the development of an intergrated marketing program covering product offerings, pricing, promotion, and distribution. Includes professional accounting students.
MKTG 6200 | 3 credits
Highlights the role of financial management as a source of value creation in a competitive global environment characterized by rapid technological, personal, and market changes. Offers students an opportunity to develop tools and techniques of financial analysis and valuation to support financial decision making. Presents future managers with actual business problems to learn to apply the tools of financial analysis to strategic decisions faced by the firm, such as capital budgeting and capital structure.
FINA 6200 | 3 credits
Covers the issues surrounding the creation of a new business in the service and retail sectors. Emphasizes issues relating to the startup, growth, and operation of business ventures in these areas. Topics include developing a business plan for startup, market positioning, services design, operations management, sales forecasting, cash flow management, and venture financing with a heavy emphasis on debt financing. Students are asked to develop business plans for services and retail ventures of their own choosing as the class project.
ENTR 6211 | 3 credits
Examines the conceptual and practical aspects of business combinations. Topics include mergers and acquisitions, purchase accounting, cost vs. equity method, and accounting for intercompany transactions between a parent company and its subsidiaries.
ACCT 6227 | 3 credits
Summer 2 Term
Examines the critical aspects of business essential in understanding the business and legal environment. Examines contract law and areas of the law that relate directly to the accountancy profession. Develops knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to the law of sales, commercial paper, and secured transactions. Also explores the importance of ethics in the business and accounting environment, and considers potential ethical dilemmas.
MGMT 6211 | 3 credits
Offers a capstone course on the theoretical concepts of accounting, with a focus on standards issued by various professional organizations including the FASB, SEC, and AICPA. Examines emerging issues in financial reporting. Real-world cases are utilized to illustrate the complex financial reporting issues confronted by the business community and accounting profession.
ACCT 6228 | 3 credits
Focuses on strategy development and implementation for a line of business and for the corporation as a whole by adopting a top management perspective. Beginning with developing a mission statement and goals for the firm, focuses on environmental scanning, incorporating economic, technological, sociopolitical, and legal trends in conducting industry analysis, thus assessing opportunities and threats and the firm’s capabilities before formulating strategy that represents a fit between the environment and the firm. Discusses how to develop competitive advantage and assess competitive positioning, and studies how organizational structure and systems contribute to implementing strategy. Stresses the role of leadership and motivation before moving on to feedback mechanisms to assess success in strategy implementation, leading to revision of strategic plans as needed.
STRT 6200 | 3 credits
Focuses on the international business environment, and examines the influence on global decision making of such areas as the international economy and trade issues, legal and political context differences, governmental actions, cultural and ethical system differences, exchange rates and international currency markets, international institutions like the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, and regional agreements like the European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. Also analyzes why firms internationalize their operations, how they can internationalize, and key areas such as international manufacturing, marketing, human resource management, and strategy.
INTB 6200 | 3 credits
Meaningful Experiential Learning
The integration of academic thinking with authentic, experiential learning is fast becoming the proven method for developing the skills needed to meet today’s business-world demands. No one has greater experience evolving and applying this approach than the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. It’s an approach that allows students to expand their knowledge base beyond the classroom.
Our MS in Accounting/MBA students learn from faculty that have extensive industry backgrounds in their fields. Students are guided through project-based learning and surrounded by classmates with diverse and professional backgrounds, creating a powerful fusion of experience and skills.
A transformative opportunity integrated into the program that allows you to work on the front line of an accounting firm during their busy season.
Starting your own business venture? Work with mentors and access financial, marketing, and communications support. IDEA can help you bring your idea to life. Or, share your expertise by serving as a mentor and earn one credit.
International students who successfully complete a 15-credit certificate on campus are eligible to apply for OPT work authorization. Apply your classroom learning to real-world work experience.
Featured MS in Accounting/MBA Instructors
Associate Professor, Accounting
Principal Lecturer, Accounting; Concentration Coordinator, Accounting Group
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Upon completion of the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to demonstrate critical thinking in a business environment.