MBA, Business Administration, Accounting

Master of Business Administration, Accounting

Brandman University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in accounting prepares students for lucrative careers in the dynamic and competitive field of business accounting. The program delves into all aspects of business management and leadership, allowing students to learn the skills necessary to create positive change within their organizations. Its curriculum covers a full spectrum of core business competencies including financial reporting, data analysis for decision making, business process, human resources, and marketing management. With a unique focus on sustainability and innovation, this flexible MBA in accounting helps students develop well rounded perspectives of business operations and design. In addition, the school’s scholar-practitioner faculty members expertly draw on their direct industry experiences and the latest academic research to help students integrate ethics and corporate social responsibility into decision making. Available fully online or on campus in a blended format with online components, the master’s degree in accounting is designed for those who seek high quality education with built-in flexibility.

Through emphasis course work, students learn critical components of applied research that begins with identifying a business problem and searching literature in order to provide a client of firm with a current, relevant, and accurate solution. This valuable process requires sound judgment, resourcefulness, and critical thinking capabilities. All of this is complemented by principles of international accounting which are critical to developing business leaders in today’s global economy. Students will learn the diversity of financial accounting reporting and disclosure practices worldwide, foreign currency translation, and accounting information systems in the international arena. Strategic cost management is also built into the program and students have the opportunity to customize the final portion of their accounting program with a course from either finance or accounting. Brandman University also offers an MBA in finance, marketing and international business.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

Most students who graduate with an MBA in accounting will go on to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), financial analysts, and auditors. Accountants prepare taxes for individuals and businesses, perform audits, provide consulting services, and ensure that corporations and organizations run efficiently. Many graduates go on to become CPAs, a designation that requires 150 credit hours of course work (an average of five years of schooling), passing industry exams, and one-to-two years of general accounting experience supervised by a CPA with an active license. Every accountant who files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required to be a CPA [1]. Essential skills for professionals in this field include strong organization, integrity, communication, and problem solving abilities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and auditing careers are expected to grow 13% through the year 2022 and are considered closely tied to the growth of the overall economy [2]. Stricter laws and regulations within financial industries will lead to an increase in demand for accountants as organizations seek to comply with new standards. MBA graduates possess distinct advantages over their peers who often hold the minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree. Brandman University’s MBA in accounting is a flexible choice for students who desire to succeed in this rewarding, stable, and lucrative industry. 

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.

 

Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.

 

MBA Emphases

Accounting Emphasis

ACCU 620 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 3
ACCU 625 International Accounting 3
ACCU 640 Strategic Cost Management 3
Plus one course from Finance. 3
Total Credits 12

 

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