MS in Accounting and Information Analysis Curriculum
The MS in Accounting and Information Analysis (MSAIA) Program consists of 30 credits overall including 18 credits in accounting. Designed specifically for this program, and dedicated to it, these innovative courses seek to develop a set of skills and experiences not available in undergraduate programs that enhance MSAIA students' ability to perform throughout their chosen careers. Core courses are offered once each academic year.
MSAIA Curriculum Overview
- MACC 412 IT Auditing (3 credits): Addresses internal control and audit issues in an Information Technology (IT) environment. Course structured around the COSO internal control framework. Audit procedures for the review of IT general and application controls are examined. Students perform substantive tests on financial databases using audit software. Topics covered: Internal controls in centralized and distributed IT environments, IT outsourcing, IT governance, Data modeling, network and database security ACL software, SAP process and control issues.
- MACC 413 The Corporate Financial Reporting Environment (3 credits): This course addresses the nature of corporate financial reporting, its role in providing decision-useful information to capital market participants, standard-setting and the FASB conceptual framework, and theoretical and empirical assessments of its performance.
- MACC 420 Forensic Accounting and Auditing (3 credits): This course focuses on forensic skills to enhance audits and other services rendered by accounting professionals. Materials derived primarily from SEC cases to help students understand more complex financial reporting issues such as earnings management and fraud, apply auditing requirements of SAS 99 and Sarbanes-Oxley dealing with fraud, comprehend services beyond the audit which rely on forensic skills, and demonstrate knowledge through role plays in real world scenarios. Prerequisites: ACCT 320 or BUA2 1
- MACC 424 Governance, Risk, and Control (3 credits): This course focuses on developing in students an understanding of corporate governance, risk oversight and internal control monitoring from an accounting professional’s perspective. Topics include agency theory, fundamentals of corporate governance, risk and internal control, functions of the board of directors and the audit committee, independent auditor and impediments to audit quality, internal auditor’s role, and SEC regulations and laws impacting governance, risk and control. Class discussions, interactive group exercises, role plays, field projects, and real-life cases are used. Prerequisites: ACCT 320 or BUA2 1
- MACC 427 Reporting and Auditing Fair Value Estimates (3 credits): This course explores the theory and mechanics of financial reporting of assets and liabilities presented at fair value. The course focuses on U.S. GAAP standards relating to the recognition, measurement, valuation and disclosure of fair value in financial statements. The course also examines management incentives in reporting and issues faced by auditors in providing assurance regarding these estimates.
MACC 430 Data Analytics for Accountants (3 credits): This course uses publicly available financial statement information to programmatically analyze company activities. Obtaining, cleaning, exploring, analyzing with statistical and machine learning methods, and presenting accounting data are explored in a project based format. Non-financial related information analyses are linked to audit and risk assessments. Projects and papers involve actual entities and associated financial information.
- The MSAIA curriculum provides for elective credits that students may use to specialize in an area of interest or to augment one's general business education. Frequently taken electives include graduate level courses in business information systems, taxation and business decisions, financial statement analysis, corporate financial management, investments, strategic supply management, managerial economics and strategic marketing management. The MSAIA Program Director approves all electives.
There are no waivers for courses in the MSAIA program, nor may courses be transferred in from other institutions.