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Accounting Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Accounting Concentration


The Master’s in Business Administration program provides you with high-quality professional advanced study in business. Courses incorporate personal values and professional ethics. For maximum flexibility for working adults, Business Administration degree program courses are offered in the evening in a classroom setting and online.

About our Accounting Concentration

Build a strong background and understanding of accounting principles. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality care without sacrificing efficiency and profitability on the business side.

From large corporations to small businesses, there is always a need for good management. In addition, not-for-profit organizations look for leaders with good management and business skills. A graduate degree in business is also an important factor in reaching senior management ranks within most companies. Through this MBA program you can qualify for jobs in the private sector, the public sector and in academics.

If you’re looking for an online MBA degree program that gives you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of home, consider choosing Ottawa University. Our Master’s degree program is also available on-campus in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. It’s a great option for working professionals who have limited time for school.

Business Administration Career Opportunities

Upon completion of your Master’s in Business Administration degree, you can be ready to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Sales and marketing
  • Small business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human resources management
  • Project management
  • Operations management

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.


Accounting Concentration Courses

Accounting Theory |  
Examines and evaluates the theories underlying the practice of accounting and financial reporting.  The conceptual basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) is reviewed within the context of policy setting, the economics of reporting regulation, and in comparison with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). A historical perspective on the evolution of the theories is provided as part of the rationale for the treatment of financial statement elements.

Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting |  
Analyzes and distinguishes between the reporting requirements of large, generally multinational corporations focusing on foreign currency transactions, segment reporting, and business combinations. Further concentrates on the rational and critical review of economic data presentation and emerging issues in financial accounting and reporting. Prerequisite: ACC 7000 Accounting Theory

Accounting Information Systems |  
Provides an overview of the development, implementation, and evolution of accounting information systems (AIS). Relevant theoretical and applied research are integrated into topical coverage to further provide the conceptual, analytical, and technical knowledge and understanding necessary for accounting professionals to work efficiently and productively in a computer-based information environment. Topics discussed include the impact of technology, control issues, and behavioral aspects of the AIS process, including the relationship between the AIS and the flows of accounting information (both internal and external to business operations) for decision-making. In addition to AIS auditability concerns, other attributes of internal and external auditing, such as professional ethics, evidence gathering and evaluation, risk assessment, and reporting options will be examined.

Advanced Auditing and Forensic Accounting |  
An in-depth exposure and coverage of auditing and forensic accounting topics. Coverage will include examining and assessing the auditor's attest function and its practical application, emphasizing auditing standards (e.g. concepts of independence and professional judgement), auditing methodology and procedures as well as professional and reporting responsibilities. The mechanics of an external audit are covered, including documentation, evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests. Other topics include statistical methods, governmental, internal, and operational auditing, audit management, information systems auditing, and current issues.

Master of Business Administration Courses

Module 1 - Behavioral Courses

Organizational Behavior and Theory |  
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics |  
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

One course from selected concentration.

Module 2 - Core Courses

Strategic Marketing |  
Covers the identification and selection of marketing opportunities, target markets and design, and implementation and evaluation of marketing programs.

Managerial Economics |  
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Managerial Finance |  
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Management Information Systems |  
Examines the use of computer information systems in business organizations with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision-making. Explores current trends and emerging technologies.

Management Accounting |  
Explore use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include: cost analysis and allocation, budgeting and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

One course from selected concentration.

Module 3 - Capstone Courses

Graduate Seminar: Business Policies and Strategy |   
Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses.

Two courses from selected concentration.

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