The Smith Master of Science in Business: Accounting Program
A Focus on Internal Auditing
Participants in the Smith Master of Science in Business: Accounting program gain
the leading-edge knowledge and skills they need to bring exceptional value to their
firms in today’s high-stakes accounting arena – and earn an advanced accounting
degree from one of the world’s leading business schools. The curriculum is relevant,
practical and applicable from day one, focusing on such key issues as internal audit
application and practice; current trends in corporate governance; the role of managerial
accounting in overall management planning and control structure; fraud prevention,
deterrence, detection, and control; and IT security, IT controls and IT auditing.
Accounting Concentration in the MBA Program
Accounting is a vital part of the core curriculum at the Smith School because
it is at the heart of any information system organizations use to make managerial
decisions. It provides managers with the financial information necessary for planning
business strategy and controlling organizations, and helps investors make informed
financial decisions. Course work taught by our outstanding Accounting Department
can be integrated with classes in finance, economics, and information systems. The
core accounting courses provide the foundation and breadth needed to make informed
managerial decisions, while electives teach advanced managerial accounting, financial
statement analysis, and taxation. With the careful selection of electives, students
can qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam upon completion
of the MBA. When combined with courses in information systems, an accounting concentration
provides strong preparation for jobs with major accounting and consulting firms.
Accounting Concentration in the PhD Program
The accounting concentration in the PhD program is designed to prepare students
for academic careers in the accounting departments of leading research institutions.
The program emphasizes the simultaneous development of students' knowledge of existing
accounting research literature and the relevant research methodologies. Students
also obtain a strong background in related fields such as economics, finance, and
statistics. The accounting faculty is comprised of renowned scholars in their respective
areas of specialty with strong records of research publication and teaching.