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MBA — Advanced Accounting Emphasis

Colorado Christian University seeks to give students an advantage in the working world by providing excellent education, small class sizes and specialized training. In alignment with these goals, CCU Online offers an emphasis in Accounting for students working toward their MBA. CCU's MBA in accounting combines a Christian worldview with essential business and accounting principles.

Program Focus

Accounting ethics, accounting research, advanced auditing, and advanced tax accounting

The online MBA in advanced accounting is designed to help students who desire to pursue careers in business and accounting, or specifically a Certification in Public Accounting (CPA). Therefore, this program is limited to students who have an undergraduate degree and background in accounting.

CPA Certification

In compliance with Colorado State Board of Accountancy education requirements, students must pursue 150 hours total of business and accounting training. Undergraduate level work counts toward 120 hours of that requirement, and this specific emphasis provides students with a way to meet the required 30 hours on their way to a master’s degree and CPA credentials.

Students who are able to obtain their CPA from the state are free to practice accounting in nearly any area, including:

  • Government organizations and corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Large for-profit firms
  • Public accounting firms
  • Many other firms and businesses

Why get an MBA in Accounting

With the leadership and marketing focus in the MBA, students aspiring to become an accountant or pursue other roles in accounting or business will have additional doors open in higher levels of business. Many find that they:

  • Have greater job responsibility and opportunities
  • Know how to pursue career advancement
  • Obtain professional certification, and/or
  • Discover new opportunities to give back (such as through project-based ministries designed to serve charitable causes)

In particular, the job outlook for CPAs with graduate degrees is expected to be particularly favorable over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. With growing scrutiny of company finances, CPA growth is projected to be much faster than average, especially at a Christian university with a focus on ethical decision making and leadership. For those looking for degrees for CPA certification preparation, an MBA with an emphasis in accounting will help meet the demand for ethical accounting practices while offering broad job opportunities.

Who should consider an MBA with an Accounting emphasis?

Although MBA accounting emphasis students may have many unique backgrounds, students who select a master’s degree in accounting tend to have strong background knowledge in accounting, finance, economics and statistics. CCU's program equips future business and nonprofit leaders and managers with a Christian worldview, along with a broad business administration background and technology base.

Students who participate in this program will be prepared to take the CPA exam, and will also have a biblical background that highlights both the benefits of serving with excellence and making ethical decisions to further the Kingdom of God. Graduates from this program will have a unique understanding of how accounting can also be ministry, whether through living above reproach, or knowing how to take their faith into the workplace, as well as the scriptural basis for making good stewardship decisions.

CCU’s Accounting emphasis courses

CCU’s accounting courses will prepare you to blend a focused business experience with technical aspects of accounting. You’ll integrate academics with moral principles from Scripture so you can grow as a servant leader, strengthen your ethical framework, and responsibly influence your profession.

The accounting emphasis courses at CCU include:

  • Accounting Ethics (ACC 505). This course provides MBA students with a lens through which to examine biblical and ethical standards that will be necessary for accounting practice, such as integrity, due care, confidentiality and much more.
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting (ACC 510). This course introduces students to cost accounting, including but not limited to: budgeting and control, job and activity-based costing, variance performance reporting, and the balanced scorecard.
  • Research and the Accounting Regulatory Environment (ACC 515). This class presents a survey of the accounting regulatory environment along with research strategies for locating applicable accounting principles and auditing standards in complex accounting situations.
  • Advanced Tax Accounting (ACC 520). This course develops a conceptual framework for analyzing taxation of property transactions, corporations, partnerships, and exempt organizations.
  • Auditing Forensics for Accounting Information Systems (ACC 525). This class combines a review of the scope of audit work and the major steps in the audit process with an overview of the steps in forensic analytics and investigation practices.
  • International Accounting Standards (ACC 530). This course presents the challenges and opportunities of incorporating the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into practice given the convergence of the global marketplace.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

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