MAc curriculum

Course requirements 

The MAc Program requires a total of 30 semester hours.

Financial accounting/auditing track

Business analytics track

Course descriptions

Accounting courses

Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT:9040)
Use of corporate financial statements for investment and lending decisions; emphasis on financial analysis techniques, valuation, business analysis, cash flow projections, credit scoring, and related research testing. (3 s.h.)

Financial Reporting: Theory and Practice (ACCT:9130)
Corporate accounting choices in framework of traditional accounting theory, economic consequences, and firm valuation. (3 s.h.)

Advanced Auditing (ACCT:9140)
Enhance understanding of the fundamental concepts of the auditing discipline, improve critical-thinking and analytical skills in the context of real-world problems involving risk, understand a framework that can be used to audit a company's internal controls in accordance with the provisions of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, continue development of communication skills, and instill a desire to appreciate the value of integrity and ethical behavior. (3 s.h.)

Taxes and Business Strategy (ACCT:9050)
Effect of taxes on business decisions, including investment strategies, capital structure decisions, compensation policies, international business, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting. (3 s.h.)

Design and Use of Cost Management Systems (ACCT:9120)
Development of cost accumulation and reporting systems for a firm's strategy and structure; how activity-based cost management systems increase a firm's competitiveness by managing its costs, processes, and people. (3 s.h.)

Tax Research (ACCT:9150) 
Deciding what research is needed, evaluating tax materials, developing facility with electronic and printed tax materials. (3 s.h.)

International Taxation (ACCT:9110)
Working knowledge of U.S. rules for taxation of international transactions including fundamentals of international tax planning, transfer pricing, and international reorganizations.

Advanced Accounting Analytics
Application of the latest business intelligence software packages to real world problems from auditing, managerial, financial, and tax accounting.

 

Business analytics courses

Introduction to Modeling with VBA (MSCI:9210)
Introduction to programming Visual Basic for Applications in Excel; case studies in finance, marketing, operations, accounting. (3 s.h.)

Data Management and Visual Analytics (MSCI:6050)
Understanding how data is stored in databases and learning the tools used to access the data is key to creating data sets used to answer many business questions; how to manage and access data in relational databases using Structured Query Language (SQL); basic principles of vidual analytics using Tableau; techniques for presenting data retrieved from databases. Requirements: Enrollment in graduate business analytics program. (3 s.h.) 

 

Finance courses

Managerial Finance (MBA:8180)
Asset valuation and capital budgeting under uncertainty, interactions with "efficient" capital markets, analyzing financial statements, decisions on capital structure, issuing nontraditional financial instruments, coping with mergers. Requires consent of the MBA program. (3 s.h.)