Why study Master of Business Administration?
The MBA is a forward-thinking curriculum providing students a perspective in leadership, functional department integration, ethical management, and risk assessment. The program provides learners the opportunity to examine ethical and managerial issues in a respected educational environment supporting life-long learning.
The curriculum for the Master of Business Administration degree consists of 36-semester credits of graduate-level course work, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completion. Three semester credit hours taken per session are considered full-time enrollment.
The Accounting Emphasis integrates management skills with accounting theory and practice. It is strongly recommended that students have an undergraduate degree in accounting when pursuing this emphasis. The Accounting Emphasis will provide students an opportunity to meet the 150 credit requirement for the Uniform CPA examination. The completion of the Accounting Emphasis does not guarantee that the requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA examination have been met.
The Accounting Emphasis integrates management skills with accounting theory and practice. The Accounting Emphasis provides an opportunity to work toward or obtain 150 credit hours required for the Uniform CPA Examination*.
ACCT 551 Taxation for Corporations
ACCT 552 Forensic Accounting
ACCT 553 Advanced Managerial Accounting
BA 553 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
Graduate Elective – To be chosen by the student in conjunction with an advisor
*Students interested in sitting for the CPA are responsible for understanding all requirements of the state they plan to obtain certification.
Competencies in the specific emphasis area are developed using a curriculum that combines theory and application; giving the learner the knowledge and skills to assess business practices against theories and models, understand the creation of customer value, and assess the impact of economic systems and regulations on functional responsibilities while developing leadership roles for a sustainable business.
The Research Seminar is a capstone experience. The learner prepares a researched report, demonstrating the integration of knowledge and skills learned in the emphasis and throughout the program.
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Each course focuses on applying theoretical principles and practical experience to business situations and problems. Case studies, report writing, and class discussions are blended to assure students an opportunity to clarify and assimilate course learning outcomes. Assessments can take a variety of forms including team projects, individual reports, and case study analysis. Participation in discussions is crucial to student success.
The program concludes with a BA 590 Research Seminar providing a capstone experience for the student to apply the concepts of the program in the development of a business report or proposal. The report or proposal is presented to peer students and/ or business leaders using presentation software. The researched report or proposal provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the core curriculum and emphasis acquired knowledge and skills using graduate-level communication and critical thinking skills.
Program Learning Outcomes
Analyze the implications of regulatory and legal issues for corporations competing in the current economic environment.
Identify and resolve problems, create change, or develop recommendations using analytical tools for business decision making.
Explain the interdependence of corporate functional responsibilities.
Evaluate effective business and management practices of corporations competing in the global or domestic economy.
What students are saying:
"I started my MBA while living in Belfast Northern Ireland. With my passion for travel and a flexible asynchronous class schedule, Upper Iowa University has made this journey possible with astute faculty and support." - Fiona, a current student
Upper Iowa is a nationally recognized university serving over 4,500 degree-seeking students from around the world.
Faculty with real work experience
No on-campus residency
Six convenient start dates throughout the year
Flexible schedule for accelerated degree completion
Online courses allow you to attend class anytime during the day or night
Evening courses offered at select locations
The potential transfer of ACE recommendation coursework
Five 8-week sessions and an accelerated, 6-week summer session