MBA Accounting

The MBA in Accounting program is specifically designed for students with a non-accounting undergraduate degree. The program integrates management skills imparted through a core curriculum consisting of management, marketing, finance, economics, and statistics courses with accounting theory and practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Develop a thorough understanding of accounting theory and practice.
  • Cultivate the analytical skills required of leaders in the accounting industry.
  • Assemble and effectively communicate accounting information.
  • Uphold the highest level of integrity and competence as accountants.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in presenting accounting analysis.
  • Integrate management, marketing, and economic concepts in accounting practices.
  • Develop statistical skills to analyze and present complex information.

Career Opportunities

The MBA in Accounting consist of thirteen courses designed to provide students with the analytical abilities, communication skills, and technical competence to be effective leaders in a complex global environment. Some jobs that a graduate with this degree might hold include:

  • Corporate Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Budget Analysts

Occupational Outlook*

  • Average starting salary $63,800 in 2012
  • A 1.6% increase in starting salaries from 2011
*National Association of Colleges and Employers: September 2012 Salary Survey.

Required Courses

  • STR 606 - Strategic Management

    This course synthesizes and integrates the concepts and techniques developed in prior courses for developing business objectives and strategic plans. This course incorporates the external and internal events that influence strategic direction of the firm through the use of cases and computer simulation. An important element of this course is a course-long project in which students examine a specific industry from a strategic success perspective.

  • MBA 500 - Foundations in Graduate Studies

    The Cleary University MBA program places unique demands and expectations on the student. Computer and Internet technologies to help students learn more efficiently and effectively are emphasized. In addition to the content presented in this online course, students are also invited to an on-campus component of this course. Software and Internet techniques to maximize information technology in learning, which have counterparts in business practice, will be explored. Overall strategies for academic success, such as graduate-level approaches to secondary research, and writing at the graduate level are reviewed. This class familiarizes students with the University’s graduate academic policies and resources. Successful completion of this course is required for continuation in the MBA program.

  • MKT 605 - Strategic Marketing Management

    This course prepares managers to deal with core domestic marketing issues in the consumer/industrial, and private/public/nonprofit sectors, by providing a strategic way to think about the firm’s products, services, and markets, including marketing strategy and implementation. Central to managing a business, marketing provides intelligence about customers, competitors, and the general business environment to ensure long-term viability of the enterprise.

  • MGT 636 - Organizational Behavior and Theory

    This course focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to help organizations operate more effectively in today’s fast-changing, competitive environment. An effective organization is one that fosters teamwork and partnerships, both internally and externally, with the goal of improving quality and productivity. From this perspective, organizational success requires attention to behavioral, structural, planning and human resource components. In addition to behavioral topics such as leadership and motivation, this course will also focus on key issues associated with organizational structure and planning, including systems thinking, change management, planning, control and service management. Human resource management topics such as recruitment, selection, employee training and development are also included.
  • MGT 625 - Quantitative Managerial Analysis

    This course uses case studies as a method to analyze data using descriptive statistics and basic inferential techniques such as hypothesis testing using t-tests. Students will also learn to analyze relationships between variables through predictive modeling and time series analysis, design of experiments, and methods for quality improvement.

  • MAC 605 - Financial Accounting

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts in financial accounting that are used to create corporate financial statements for external users. Major topics include accrual accounting, transaction analysis, construction of the balance sheet and income statement, and statement of cash flows. Students will then apply their knowledge of financial accounting to analyze and interpret financial statements.

  • FIN 605 - Financial Management

    This course provides a foundation to financial management, which will enable students to understand and use financial information. Students will learn to apply risk and time value of money concepts in capital budgeting, capital structure, and lease financing. Topics such as dividend policies, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions also will be taught.

  • LAW 605 - Law and Ethics

    Law, ethics, and social responsibility often have important influences on business operations, and managers have the ability to influence them. Through this course students will gain an understanding of basic business legal and regulatory principles; how federal, state, and local regulatory agencies work; how societal forces affect businesses; and how managers can take a proactive lead in the process.

  • ACC 699 - Master’s Capstone Project

    This is the capstone course of the Master of Business Administration Accounting program. Students complete an applied project that integrates theories learned by demonstrating an understanding of the key interrelated accounting applications delivered within the program.course.

  • ACC 696 - Auditing II

    This course focuses on the application of audit theory to audit practice. In this auditing practice course students will learn how to apply the audit process to the various business cycles of an organization. Topics to be covered include methodology for designing tests of transactions and balances, applications of audit sampling, and computer-assisted audit techniques.

  • ACC 675 - Advanced Financial Accounting II

    This course covers international accounting issues and partnerships. The international accounting portion focuses on the international accounting environment and compares accounting principles of several countries. In the partnership portion, students examine the entire partnership cycle from formation to liquidation, and study the unique accounting principles associated with partnerships.

  • ACC 665 - Corporate Taxation

    Anticipating and understanding the tax consequences and implications of corporate entities is an essential part of accounting practice. In this course, students study various corporate transactions beginning with the formation and operation of the corporation and proceeding to other advanced topics, such as: capital structure, earnings and profits, dividend distributions, stock redemptions, liquidations, and re-organizations. The course also focuses on the tax aspects of “S” corporations, including formation of an “S” corporation, operating activities, distributions, and termination of an “S” corporation. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to identify and logically explain the tax consequences of various corporate transactions.

  • ACC 605 - Legal Issues for Public Accountants

    Professional accountants must be able to recognize relevant legal issues and how they relate to accounting and auditing. This course is designed to familiarize students with the various legal topics that accountants encounter on a regular basis, and to prepare students for the business law topics of the CPA examination. Emphasis is placed on various legal topics, including business organizations, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, securities law, and regulation in preparation to make sound management decisions.