Required Courses (18 Units)
This MAcc course examines the accountants’ professional responsibilities and ethical frameworks. Students will study and evaluate numerous relevant ethics case studies throughout this course in field of accounting. Moreover, the essential principles of such attributes as integrity, objectivity, and independence will be explored in the realm of accounting. MAcc students will also learn the scriptural and philosophical underpinnings of ethics, their legal liabilities and ethical responsibilities, ethical reasoning strategies, best practices in corporate governance, and ethical leadership competence.
This MAcc course explores the conceptual framework for financial reporting and the preparation of complex corporate financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Topics include revenue recognition, inventory measurement, investment valuation, fixed assets accounting, debt and equity concepts, and disclosures. Additional topics include such items as accounting for taxes, leases, contingencies, pensions, accounting changes, foreign transactions, and business combinations. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will also be examined.
This MAcc course investigates how accounting and financial professionals can effectively analyze the financial statements of a firm using a variety of proven tools, prepare forecasts, and determine the value of a firm using a variety of methods such as the dividend-based, cash-flow based, earnings-based, and market-based approaches. Students will also expand their knowledge of financial reporting and create a comprehensive financial statement analysis, forecast, and valuation report as a capstone for this course.
This MAcc course examines the advanced treatment of the audit process and environment. Topics include such areas as audit planning and performance, evidence, internal controls, professional standards, and audit reports. Moreover, students will study reviews, compilations and other attestation services. Students will also analyze contemporary auditing theory. This course emphasizes pronouncements by the Auditing Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
This graduate course in accounting explores how managers can create greater value for a firm in today’s dynamic business environment. Students will develop a higher working knowledge of how accounting and financial information can be effectively utilized to make strategic, capital, operational and other managerial decisions, (e.g., product pricing/mix, cost decisions, profit planning, capital projects, etc.) and to evaluate overall institutional performance using balanced scorecards and long-term economic value-added analysis. Students will also examine the various means of analyzing key performance indicators (KPI’s), as well as how to make effective and ethical accounting and financial decisions that make the firm more competitive and profitable.
This graduate course in finance explores the fundamental concepts of corporate finance from the perspective of managers responsible for making investment and financing decisions. Moreover, students will develop tools for analyzing and evaluating these strategic financial decisions from both an ethical and effective perspective. Topics include such areas as financial statement analysis, discounted cash flow valuation, capital budgeting, bond and stock valuation, capital asset pricing, weighted cost of capital evaluation, dividend policy, and capital structure. Students will also examine how financial decisions impact the value, sustainability, and profitability of the firm.
This MAcc course examines the expanding role information technology plays in the development, analysis, and operation of a firm’s financial and accounting systems. Topics include advanced coverage of accounting transaction cycles, accounting systems planning and analysis, system design, implementation and operation, internal control structure, data modeling and database design, analytics, fraud, and security of the accounting system.
This MAcc course focuses on the advanced treatment of complex tax transactions for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and trusts & estates. Students will also explore contemporary tax theory and ethical standards for tax professionals. In preparation for public practice, students will conduct tax research on a variety of issues utilizing industry research databases to identify and focus research questions, interpret data, develop opinions, and communicate results as competent tax practitioners.
This MAcc course provides an in-depth evaluation of accounting and reporting for state and local governmental organizations. The governmental reporting environment will be examined, along with the accounting methods for various types of funds, the accounting aspects of budgetary control, and the preparation of governmental financial reports. Students will also learn non-profit accounting and how to evaluate and prepare financial reports for non-profit entities.
This MAcc capstone course summarizes the CPA exam prep materials that have been used throughout the program to prepare students for all four portions of the CPA exam (FAR, BEC, AUD, and REG). Students will also be able to simulate the computerized CPA exam experience and work through past CPA exam questions with an online database. While it is expected students will begin taking portions of the exam within the program, students will have access to all CPA exam prep materials beyond the program until they pass all portions of the Uniform CPA exam.