Become proficient with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and examine the preparation and use of financial statements, regulatory and reporting requirements, and compliance issues. Also, build a keen understanding of budgeting processes, performance evaluation, and assessment of operational expenses and feel ready to prepare financial records for your organization. This concentration lays the groundwork for your CPA or CMA exam preparation*.
This track lays the groundwork for your CPA or CMA exam preparation and includes the following courses:
- Graduate Financial Accounting I
- Cost and Managerial
- Accounting Federal Taxation I
Corporate Accounting & Finance
Learn how to interpret the world around you through numbers and be prepared for careers that influence corporations’ internal operations. Develop an understanding of financial analysis and forecasting, capital structure, capital budgeting, and corporate valuation, which will help you determine where and how to invest corporate funds.
The Corporate Accounting & Finance concentration includes the following courses:
- Big Data and Financial Statement, Analytics
- Investment Analysis
- Enterprise Data Management
Gain the skills necessary to protect your business from loss due to fraud, theft, and misconduct. Learn about white-collar crime in general and financial statement fraud in particular. You will explore the definition of fraud, how we prevent it, and how we detect it. Then, you will learn how to protect your company.
The Forensic Accounting concentration includes the following courses:
- Fraud Examination
- Solving Business Problems Using Advanced, Excel
- Security and Privacy
*While this program lays a foundation for the CPA and CMA exams, it will not give you all of the educational requirements needed to sit for the exams. Visit NASBA.org for more details on requirements for the CPA exam and IMANET.org for more information on requirements for the CMA exam.
Potential Careers in Accounting
Below are some career options for those with an MBA in Accounting:
- Management Accountant—Management accountants focus on the capital budgeting and business analysis areas of accounting. They analyze contracts and expenses for businesses and organizations. Working closely with marketing and financial managers, they help make major business decisions.
- Budget Analyst—Budget analysts make financial plans for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Strong negotiating skills are a must.
- Governmental Accountants—Governmental accountants are employed at all levels of government–federal, state, and local. Governmental accountants audit businesses and individuals that are government-regulated and taxed. They manage local budgets and oversee compliance and audits on the state and local levels.
- Forensic Accountant—Forensic Accountants perform forensic research and analysis on a company’s financial data to identify potential fraud and/or business revenue loss. Potential employers include public accounting firms, consulting firms specializing in risk consulting and forensic accounting services, lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations, or financial institutions.
Your faculty members care about your intellectual and professional journey. Working in every facet of business, they know the qualities that employers look for. They are committed to helping you develop the marketable skills and networks you need to embark on or advance in your career."
—William J. O'Neill, Jr.
Dean, Sawyer Business School