Accountancy, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Accountancy MBA concentration provides you with coursework that is critical to decision-making in the accounting profession. The program includes theory and concepts, technical knowledge, practical skills and familiarization with the tools and methodologies used by an accountant or a manager making accounting decisions. You will develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and financial management. You will gain business acumen to understand financial transactions within a company. The curriculum covers all of the accounting course areas to prepare you to sit for the CPA exam.

Highlights

You will graduate with a set of varied competencies, all of which are highly sought after in the accounting field. The structure of the concentration will provide you with:

  • A comprehensive curriculum covering all important sectors of the field identified by top-ranking members of the auditing and accounting profession, including big data analysis, internal audit, fraud and forensic accounting and information systems.
  • Opportunities to work with audit systems used by accounting professionals.
  • Experience learning from nationally and internationally recognized faculty.
  • Access to a large and active alumni group called Ledger & Quill, which supports students with scholarship opportunities, mentorship and annual networking events.
  • Several accounting-related student organizations, allowing for interaction with peers, alumni and working professionals.

Concentration Requirements

This concentration requires completion of any three graduate-level accounting courses. Students select an individualized set of courses using the content areas below as a guide. Students may focus on one area of courses or combine courses from multiple areas depending on what matches their career aspirations. 

Accounting for Managers

Course Title Quarter Hours
COST AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INTERNAL AUDITING, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND INTERNAL CONTROL

Tax

Course Title Quarter Hours
TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
TAX RESEARCH

Accounting Data Analytics

Course Title Quarter Hours
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
AUDIT ANALYTICS
FORENSIC FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS AND VALUATION

 Forensic Accounting

Course Title Quarter Hours
PRINCIPLES OF FORENSIC ACCOUNTING
FORENSIC AND INVESTIGATIVE ACCOUNTING
FORENSIC FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS AND VALUATION

CPA

In addition to ACC 500, a minimum of 7 graduate courses from below are required to meet the Illinois CPA educational requirements. Students are strongly advised to complete all courses below to become fully prepared to pass the exam.

Course Title Quarter Hours
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE I 1
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE II 1
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY
AUDITING I 1
TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 1
AUDITING II
TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
BUSINESS LAW FOR ACCOUNTANTS
ACCOUNTING THEORY AND POLICY FORMULATION

 1Required courses.