Overview

Accountants serve a strategic role in the business that goes beyond number crunching and financial reporting. They provide a foundation for corporate strategy, serve as business advisors, and understand how to leverage cutting-edge technologies. The MBA in accounting provides a broad-based education of business and technology while focusing on career skills that can be applied to any business in the world. In addition to gaining the technological skills needed to design, operate, and control accounting information systems–skills that are highly sought after by employers– you also will be prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam, which graduates consistently score higher on than state and national averages.

In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the MBA—accounting fulfills the educational requirements that allow students to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountancy exam. The program stresses the skills necessary for the design, operation, and control of accounting information systems.

Plan of study

The program offers two tracks, one for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and one for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field outside of business, economics, statistics, or accounting.

Industries

  • Accounting
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Financial Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Insurance
  • Higher Education
  • Non-Profit
  • Computer and Network Security

Typical Job Titles

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Tax Accountant

Curriculum

Business administration–accounting, MBA degree (for applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting), typical course sequence

First Year

  • MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • BLEG-731 Commercial Law and Professional Skills
  • MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
  • MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services
  • MGMT-759 Competitive Strategy
  • ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research
  • ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT-708 Auditing and Professional Responsibility
  • ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting
  • Elective

Business administration–accounting, MBA degree (for applicants with no previous business, economics, or statistics course work), typical course sequence

First Year

  • MGMT-775 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
  • MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers
  • MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
  • MGIS-650 Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • BLEG-730 Business Legal Concepts
  • BLEG-731 Commercial Law and Professional Skills
  • FINC-721 Financial Analysis for Managers
  • ACCT-704 Corporate Financial Reporting I
  • ACCT-709 Basic Taxation
  • MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services
  • ESCB-705 Economics and Decision Modeling
  • DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Elective

Second Year

  • ACCT-710 Tax Analysis and Strategy
  • ACCT-705 Corporate Financial Reporting II
  • ACCT-645 Accounting Information and Analytics
  • ACCT-708 Auditing and Professional Responsibility
  • ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research
  • ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT-706 Cost Management
  • MGMT-759 Competitive Strategy
  • Elective

Electives

  • ACCT-711 Internal Auditing
  • ACCT-740 Comparative Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT-741 Cases in Forensic and Fraud Examination
  • ACCT-758 Seminar in Accounting
  • ESCB-758 Seminar in Economics
  • FINC-605 Financing New Ventures
  • FINC-722 Financial Management II
  • FINC-725 Securities and Investment Analysis
  • FINC-740 Options and Futures
  • FINC-742 Financial Modeling and Analysis
  • FINC-758 Seminar in Finance
  • FINC-760 Finance in a Global Environment
  • FINC-770 Stock Market Algorithmic Trading
  • FINC-772 Equity Analysis
  • FINC-773 Debt Analysis
  • FINC-774 Advanced Derivatives
  • FINC-780 Financial Analytics
  • MGIS-640 Information Systems Concepts
  • MGIS-711 Managing Service Systems
  • MGIS-712 Service-oriented Information Systems
  • MGIS-715 Information Technology and Globalization
  • MGIS-720 Information Systems Design and Development
  • MGIS-725 Data Management and Analytics
  • MGIS-730 Information Technology Project Management
  • MGIS-735 Design and Information Systems
  • MGIS-745 Information Systems Development
  • MGIS-755 Information Technology Strategy and Management
  • MGIS-758 Seminar in Management Information Systems
  • MGIS-760 Integrated Business Systems
  • MGIS-761 Business Process Analysis and Workflow Design

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the business administration-accounting MBA, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Have working knowledge of algebra and statistics.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit scores from the GMAT or GRE. (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Completed applications for admission should be on file with Graduate Admissions at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.

For further information about specific GMAT/GRE waiver opportunities, tips on personal statements, and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English
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