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Course Descriptions

Our curriculum is delivered as a package of tightly woven concepts rather than stand-alone classes. Faculty from different subject areas collaborate to provide you with a holistic view of the complex environment in which you will work as an accounting professional.

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Tax Research (ACCT 555)

1.5 credits

This course focuses on fundamental procedures for income tax research, and the principles involved in tax planning. This course develops the ability to use the primary and secondary sources of tax law, including the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, and other administrative pronouncements and judicial decisions, with an emphasis on how to read and interpret those source materials.

Forensic Accounting (ACCT 560)

1.5 credits

This course introduces various aspects of financial fraud, including fraud types, fraud prevention and detection, and analysis of actual recent cases. The connection between forensic accounting, and internal and independent auditing, will be emphasized.

Advanced Managerial Decision Making (ACCT 565)

1.5 credits

This course studies costing decisions within various organizations requiring analysis and summarization of data. There will be a heavy emphasis on writing persuasive memos requiring the participant to make recommendations and support their conclusions. The course will also include a SAP manufacturing simulation in order to familiarize participants with ERP software and its use within a manufacturing organization.

Professional Development Seminar (ACCT 571)

3 credits

This course is focused on self-management, goal setting, strategic thinking, creative problem solving, as well as group work skills such as resolving conflicts, team building, motivating, leading change, and evaluating performance. This course also addresses professional business development through presentations by and discussions with accounting professionals.

International Accounting (ACCT 572)

1.5 credits

This course examines how accounting principles and practices compare among countries, and how differences often stem from cultural, socioeconomic, and political factors. The course will further examine the implications of these differences in accounting principles and discuss how they affect internal and external accounting information for companies with international operations.

Professional Communication (ACCT 580)

3 credits

This course examines effective communication techniques with a particular emphasis on the accounting profession. Students will expand their knowledge of spoken, listening, visual and nonverbal communication skills in a business environment. The ethical dimensions of business communications will also be analyzed.  (Formerly ACCT 780)

Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 705)

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to develop students' ability to understand and interpret the financial statements and disclosures of firms prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles. The course emphasizes financial statement analysis including financial statement adjustments to aid in decision making. The course introduces fundamental ratio analysis, forecasting, and valuation. Ethical aspects of accounting, such as earnings management, are included.

Transaction Analysis & Corporate Strategy (ACCT 707)

3 credits

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the types of accounting analysis experienced in industry as their clients and organizations both set and achieve strategy. The primary focus areas are corporate governance, capital allocation, and the acquisition lifecycle. During the study of these primary focus areas the emphasis is on financial reporting subsequent to the transactions (i.e. the accounting and reporting for the transactions). Secondary focus areas are selected from trending accounting topics (e.g. Non-GAAP measures).

Financial Reporting: Contemporary and Emerging Issues (ACCT 770)

3 credits

An intensive, critical analysis of important current and emerging financial accounting and reporting issues. Protection of the public interest is the focus of this analysis. Business and financial situations will be analyzed in light of developing issues, and recent relevant pronouncements will be evaluated. This course will have significant coordination with other courses offered during the same term.

Professional Licensure Preparation & Strategy (ACCT 799)

4 credits

This course is designed to give students a thorough academic understanding of CPA exam material, as well as the ability to apply their knowledge instinctively. The course prepares students to sit for all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination: Financial, Auditing and Reporting; Auditing; Business Environment Concepts; and Regulation.

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

6 elective credits

Ethical Culture (BETH651)
Corporate Finance (FINC701*)
Executive Perspectives in Compliance & Ethics (LAWS732)
Project Management (MGMT623)
Risk Management (MGMT751)
Negotiation Skills (MGMT808)
Advanced Applied Business Statistics (OPMT605*)
Spreadsheet Modeling & Data Visualization (OPMT621)
Data Analytics & Visualization (SEIS632)

*prerequisite course, waiver or exam is required. See advisor for details.


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