MBA in Accounting

General

Program Description

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.

Curriculum

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.

Accounting Emphasis

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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Teaching Strategies

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
Last updated October 2019

About the School

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UI ... Read More

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study. Read less