Specialization in Management Accounting

Lead Faculty: Dr. Russell Parkman

Designed for students who wish to prepare for entry into the corporate, not-for-profit, or government sector of the accounting profession, and may be considering candidacy for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Students wishing to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification should consider the B.S. in Accountancy or Master of Accountancy program whichnbsp;provide the broader and more in-depth preparation, including income taxes and auditing, needed for the CPA Exam. (CPA Exam candidates in California must have completed 24 semester units (36 quarter units) in accounting or tax courses and 24 semester units (36 quarter units) in business courses which include business law, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and information systems.)

Before taking any of the courses in the Specialization in Management Accounting, students are strongly advised to contact the Faculty Advisor or other member of the accounting faculty for a brief phone interview to review the student's career objectives.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Record and properly categorize common business transactions, make appropriate adjusting journal entries as needed, and prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. accounting standards.
  2. Analyze cost and managerial accounting data and other qualitative information to prepare reports for external and internal users.
  3. Measure, analyze, and report accounting information of governmental and not-for-profit entities.
  4. Measure, analyze, and report accounting information for business entities.
  5. Integrate and utilize current information technologies, methodologies, and systems to plan, implement, execute, and analyze performance of the organization and its resources.


Program Requirements (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units) To receive an MBA with Specialization in Management Accounting, students must complete the following seven courses. Note that ACC604 is waived for students who complete both ACC630M and ACC631M. Additional graduate accounting courses can be used to replace ACC601M and/or any of the Module I courses that have been waived by challenge exam.
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