Grand Canyon University's MBA in Accounting prepares students to compete for advanced management positions in corporate or public accounting. Graduates of the MBA in Accounting may become informed critical thinkers and decision makers through active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information.
Coursework for the MBA with an accounting concentration addresses the areas of financial accounting and reporting affecting corporations, partnerships, consolidated entities, not-for-profits, government and international operations. Students will also study the various types of audits, the principles involved in auditing, internal controls, and the responsibilities and authority of the internal audit function. The importance of accounting ethics is another topic of focus.
The MBA in Accounting program explores a broad range of business topics and principles including the key concepts of leadership and strategic management. Students will discuss formulation and execution strategies within organizations and how to stay competitive in a global marketplace. The program highlights the impact of the global economy on organizational decision making, planning and sourcing of organizational resources.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|UNV-504||Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Business||This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.||2|
|MGT-605||Leadership and Organizations||The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.||4|
|ACC-502||Accounting Practices||This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.||4|
|FIN-504||Finance Principles||This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.||4|
|SYM-506||Applied Business Probability and Statistics||The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.||4|
|ECN-601||Economics||The first half of this course covers those aspects of economics that are particularly applicable to business decision making. Topics include demand and cost estimation, production decisions, pricing, analysis at competitive market structures, and antitrust. The second half of this course focuses on the world economy and the global environment within which business must operate. Topics include currency markets and exchange rates, balance of payments accounts, international monetary regimes, and international banking.||4|
|BUS-660||Quantitative Methods||This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.||4|
|MKT-607||Marketing Management||Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.||4|
|ACC-650||Managerial Accounting||This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.||4|
|MGT-655||Operations Management||Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm‛s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.||4|
|FIN-650||Managerial Finance||This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.||4|
|MGT-660||Strategic Management||This course emphasizes the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. It analyzes the effects on corporate strategy of the rapid shift to a multipolar and complex global marketplace. This course focuses on innovative strategy and leadership and its impact on the quest for customers and key stakeholders. This course also stresses the growing importance of management of intangible assets and organizational alignment with the view to gaining a sustainable competitive advantage over global rivals. Finally, this course integrates the creation of a very structured and comprehensive assignment (creation of a market entry or market expansion or diversification, or M&A plan) that address competencies such as Critical Thinking, Leadership, Effective Communication and Global Awareness, and Business Domains such as Marketing, Management, HR, Operations, Finance and Accounting. Prerequisites: ACC-650, FIN-650, MGT-605, and MKT-607.||4|
|ACC-651||Internal Auditing||This course is a study of the principles involved in auditing. Topics include financial statement audits, the responsibilities of the external auditor, internal controls, the responsibilities and authority of the internal audit function, the types of audits and other attestation engagements, and accounting ethics. The effects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are also covered. Prerequisite: One of the following: 1) ACC-650, or 2) ACC-653.||4|
|ACC-660||Advanced Financial Accounting||This course is an exploration of advanced topics in financial accounting and reporting, including recognition, measurement, and valuation issues affecting corporations, partnerships, consolidated entities, not-for-profits, government, and international operations. Prerequisite: ACC-650.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||54|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCU’s online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The convenience of GCU’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.