MAc curriculum

Course requirements 

The MAc Program requires a total of 30 semester hours.

Financial accounting/auditing track

Course descriptions

Accounting courses

Financial Information and Capital Markets (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.)


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.)

Database Management and Web Services (MSCI:4220)
Advanced database management topics and basics of web services; how to retrieve real-world data from web services; use of SQL and PL/SQL to analyze data in relational databases. (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.)