MBA + M.S. in Accounting

Graduate students studying together.
Increase your skillset.

In the modern business world, employers are looking for graduates with expertise in multiple fields. The dual degree in accounting combines the strategic business foundation of the MBA with the financial acumen of the M.S. in accounting.

STEM OPT Program

The MBA/M.S. in accounting dual degree program qualifies as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) OPT (Optional Practical Training) program. This allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their OPT period.

Program Highlights

With a dual MBA/M.S. in accounting degree, you will complete a wide variety of courses that will give you the foundation you need to succeed as an effective, efficient accounting professional.

You’ll master technical skills like finance, data analysis, accounting and auditing, while building important business management skills in courses on leadership, organizational behavior, management and entrepreneurship.

Full-time students complete the program in two and a half years. Part-time students typically complete the program in approximately four years.

Program Requirements

The dual degree option allows you to complete both the MBA and the M.S. in accounting with a total of 59 credits – 29 credits from the MBA and 30 from the M.S. in accounting.

To be accepted into the dual program, you must meet the admissions requirements of both programs. Admissions directors for each program will evaluate your application separately and apply the same criteria specified in their respective programs.

If you are already enrolled in either individual program, you may apply for a change of degree to the dual program prior to receiving the first degree. Once a single degree has been conferred, you’re no longer eligible to add the second degree. Neither degree is conferred until both degrees are completed.

Suggested course sequence.

MBA Courses (29 Credits)
ACCT 600 – Financial Reporting & Analysis
BUAD 620 – Fundamentals of Analytics
BUAD 631 – Operations Management & Management Science (Prerequisite: BUAD 620)
BUAD 640 – Ethical Issues in Domestic & Global Business Environments
BUAD 670 – Managing People, Teams and Organizations
BUAD 680 – Marketing Management (Prerequisite: BUAD 620)
BUAD 690 – Corporate Strategy (Prerequisites: FINC 650, BUAD 631, BUAD 670 and BUAD 680)
ECON 603 – Economic Analysis for Business Policy
FINC 650 – Financial Management (Prerequisite: ACCT 600)
Professional Development Seminars (1 credit each):
BUEC 601 – Building Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking
BUEC 603 – Communicating, Branding and Career Networking
M.S. Accounting Courses (15 Credits)
ACCT 614 – Advanced Federal Income Taxation
ACCT 604 – Database Design & Implementation
ACCT 620 – Theory of External Reporting (Prerequisite: ACCT 316)
ACCT 625 – Financial Statement Analysis (Prerequisite: ACCT 600 or ACCT 316)
ACCT 683 – International Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT 600 or ACCT 316)
Electives (15 credits)
Choose 5 from:
ACCT 602 – Big Data Technologies
ACCT 605 – Current Issues in Management Information Systems
ACCT 613 – Federal Taxation of Income & Property Transactions
ACCT 617 – Auditing, Ethics & Professional Responsibility
ACCT 618 – Estate Planning
ACCT 667 – Advanced Auditing
BUAD 621 – Decision Analytics & Visualization
BUAD 622 – Optimization & Spreadsheet Modeling
BUAD 625 – Business Analytics Capstone
BUAD 670 – Managing People, Teams & Organizations
MISY 606 – Object-oriented Systems Analysis, Design & Implementation
MISY 615 – Enterprise Architecture
MISY 641 – Data Mining for Business Analytics
MISY 667 – Ethics in Technology Management
MISY 610 – Telecommunications & Networking
MISY 630 – Business Intelligence & Analytics
MISY 640 – Project Management & Costing
MISY 650 – Security & Control


Admissions Information

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