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MBA with an Accounting Concentration

Are you aspiring to advance your career in the world of accounting? Willamette's MBA program with an Accounting concentration might just be the key to unlocking your financial leadership potential. Whether you're interested in managerial accounting, financial accounting, or forensic accounting, our accounting MBA is the right choice.

Our Accounting MBA program

In the ever-evolving landscape of business and finance, having a deep understanding of accounting principles is invaluable. Willamette University sees the need for an MBA program with a specialized Accounting concentration. Our accounting concentration is here to meet the demands of today's financial managers and professionals.

At Willamette's MBA program, the Accounting concentration is designed with students at its core. Not only does it elevate your understanding beyond simple financial statements and bookkeeping, but it also immerses you in the nuanced world of managerial accounting. This ensures that you're equipped with the knowledge to make impactful business decisions. Furthermore, our focus is on nurturing your ability to communicate transparently with stakeholders, underlining the significance of clear financial reporting.

  • Practical experience with real clients
    The Accounting concentration stands out for its commitment to hands-on learning. Through elective courses, students collaborate with actual clients, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application. This real-world experience not only solidifies academic insights but also sharpens essential skills for the professional wor
  • Building skills with our MBA accounting program
    Students pursuing the Accounting concentration also benefit from the Atkinson Accounting and Finance Association. This vibrant community offers a platform for networking, leadership development, and access to valuable resources. It's not just a student organization; it's a bridge to a thriving professional network.
  • Tailored elective courses

    To tailor your MBA education to your career goals, the program offers a selection of elective courses within the Accounting concentration. Here are some accounting courses you can consider:

    • GSM 6013A/B Philanthropic Investment for Community Impact (two-semester course)
      • In this course, students manage a micro-organization that awards funds to local nonprofit organizations with high-impact social programs. It's an opportunity to understand the philanthropic landscape, gain management experience, and develop various skills.
    • GSM 6015 - Accounting and Incentives in Organizations
      • This course explores how incentives influence individual decisions and how organizations can design incentives to align with their mission. It covers topics like the Levers of Control framework, Balanced Scorecard, and performance evaluation measures.
    • GSM 6206 - Financial Statement Analysis
      • In this practical, hands-on course, students learn to read financial statements as narratives of a business or nonprofit organization. Students become proficient at assessing financial prospects, risks, and capacities, using various data analysis tools.
    • GSM 6210 - Accounting for Decision Making
      • This course focuses on how accounting information aids managers in evaluating decision alternatives. Topics include cost behavior analysis, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, and decision-making under uncertainty.
    • GSM 7251 - Internship (must be an internship in Accounting)
      • For those seeking real-world experience, this internship course allows you to apply what you've learned through professional settings. It's a chance to integrate theory with practice and gain valuable insights into the accounting profession.

Willamette offers a holistic approach, so students will still learn the fundamentals of marketing, finance, and even management systems. If you're looking for accounting specialization within your graduate degree, these courses will help you stand out.

Professional certification pathways

Willamette MBA elective courses also align with the requirements for professional certifications. These certifications include the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Students interested in pursuing any certification should verify specific requirements with the relevant professional associations or governing bodies. Review credit hour information for these elective courses to ensure you qualify for these certifications.

Plan your path to success

These courses provide a comprehensive overview of the Accounting concentration within the MBA program. It's important to note that specific course offerings may vary from year to year. Therefore, it's advisable to consult the program administrators to plan your academic journey effectively. Whether you want to become a financial analyst, a budget analyst, or develop business strategies, these courses will prepare you for a career in accounting.

Join our MBA with a concentration in Accounting program

Willamette's MBA Accounting Concentration is your gateway to a rewarding career in accounting and finance. Whether you're looking to develop specialized skills or gain practical experience, this program offers the resources you need to succeed. Additionally, it can also help you work towards professional certifications.

Join a community of aspiring financial leaders and shape your future in the world of accounting and beyond. Apply to Willamette's Accounting MBA degree program to embark on your next adventure!

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Early Career and Career Change MBA

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