Financial Accounting and Assurance Track

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Auditors ask "Why?"

Most accounting courses focus on learning the rules, techniques and computations required to prepare and analyze financial information. Auditing courses focus on the analytical and logical skills necessary to evaluate the relevance and reliability of the information. Therefore, the study of auditing is more conceptual in nature. 

Are you ready for the next step in your accounting career?

  • Sharpen your critical-thinking skills as you learn to systematically investigate and evaluate financial reports and data.
  • Take courses in accounting and auditing research, global financial reporting, forensic investigation, data analytics and financial statement analysis.
  • Join a CPA firm’s audit team to assess the financial statements of corporations, using data analytics and fraud investigation techniques to provide assurance that businesses are presented fairly.
  • Advance to consulting opportunities in mergers and acquisitions, international expansion and IPOs, building on coursework in advanced issues in financial accounting, accounting research, global reporting and business valuation.
  • Participate in accounting policy decisions of a corporation or government agency, using your accounting research, critical-thinking and analytical skills developed in the MS Accounting program.
  • Climb the corporate ladder in financial accounting and reporting, on your path to becoming a controller or chief financial officer.



MGA 621LEC Data Analytics for Accountants

An in-depth study of data related to key business process risks and internal controls, financial statement analysis, and tax analysis. Critical thinking skills are enhanced by applying accounting concepts and knowledge learned in other courses to data sets. Effective communication of the data analysis results to management is included. Experience using Microsoft Excel, Computer Assisted Audit Tools (CAAT's), and web based business intelligence software is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2019

MGA 617SEM Advanced Topics in Management Accounting and Control

Applications-based analysis of current management accounting topics, including revenue management, activity-based management, value chain analysis, capacity management, target costing, benchmarking, and the balanced scorecard. Emphasis is on case analyses and data analytics demonstrating the role of management accounting information in actual business decisions. A service learning project involving a community based nonprofit entity will be completed.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2019


MGA 618SEM Current Issues in Financial Reporting

The objective of this course is to develop skills in solving current financial accounting problems when accounting standards are vague or nonexistent. A particular emphasis is placed on case analysis. To achieve the course objective, students will: (1) enhance research skills through the use of professional accounting literature; (2) develop analytical and critical thinking skills through analyzing accounting cases and arriving at defensible solutions; (3) improve oral and written communication skills through presenting research conclusions in a professional manner.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2019

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MGA 637LEC Business Valuation for Accountants

The objectives of this course are for students to understand the basic concepts of valuation and how accounting information is utilized as inputs in the valuation process. We will cover several methodologies to translate accounting information into firm value. Valuation is often applied for financial reporting purposes to determine the value of a particular asset or liability. For example, there are critical accounting issues in mergers and acquisitions, fair value estimations, stock-option compensation, and impairment reviews, which require auditors to have a basic understanding of valuation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2019

  • MGX XXX Business Elective or Internship
  • MGX XXX Business Elective