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Master of Business Administration: Accounting Specialization

This information is intended for prospective students or those who entered the MBA program in Fall 2014 or later. 

Students admitted to the MBA program in the Fall of 2013 or earlier should refer to the information contained in the Accounting POS Worksheet instead of this page.


The Master of Business Administration Accounting Specialization provides students with an academic curriculum that prepares them for career opportunities that require a broad understanding of financial statements and the use of accounting information for decision-making.

MBA Course Requirements

For general MBA program requirements please refer to the Official Program of Study for the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Specialization Description

Accounting Specialization (12 units): Choose FOUR courses. Recommended courses differ between students with or without an accounting undergraduate degree. To assist with course planning for the Accounting Specialization, students should contact Professor Steve Gill ( before taking any accounting courses.

Specialization Electives

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting (select four courses) Students without an undergraduate degree in accounting (select four courses)
ACCTG 630 – Ethics in Accounting* ACCTG 620 – Financial Measurement and Reporting*
ACCTG 650 – Tax Research and Practice** ACCTG 621 – Accounting Information Systems*
ACCTG 651 – Seminar in Corporate Tax** ACCTG 624 – Tax for Managers**
ACCTG 654 – Seminar in Partnership Taxation** ACCTG 625 – Managerial Analysis and Financial Reporting**
ACCTG 655 – Tax Planning for Individuals** ACCTG 626 – Auditing and Assurance Services*
ACCTG 656 – California and Multistate Taxation** ACCTG 630 – Ethics in Accounting*
ACCTG 657 – Accounting for Income Taxes** ACCTG 663 – Financial Statement Analysis*
ACCTG 659 – Seminar in Taxation Topics**  
ACCTG 663 – Financial Statement Analysis*  
ACCTG 670 – Seminar in Assurance Services**  
ACCTG 673 – AIS Development*  
ACCTG 675 – Seminar in AIS Audit and Control**  
ACCTG 729 – Forensic Accounting**  
*Offered each semester
**Offered once each year
***Offered every other year

MIS 688 (Information Systems & Strategies in Orgs) is a recommended elective for all MBA students. This class does not count toward the Accountancy specialization, but will count towards the remaining electives students need to complete.