MBA - Accounting


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    36
  • Cost Per Unit
    $643
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $23k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    16
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited
    ACBSP Accredited

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Fully Employed Master of Business Administration: Specialization in Accounting



Overview

Develop management skills in the growing fields of tax accounting, auditing, corporate finance, and non-profit finance. 

The purpose of the Fully Employed Masters of Business Administration in Accounting (MBA-ACC), is to equip students for professional advancements in a variety of senior level positions in finance. Students who complete their MBA will be prepared for leading in areas of public accounting, corporate accounting, managerial accounting, and government and not-for-profit accounting. The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare graduates for the CPA exam and equip them with upper-level management skills.

Students in the MBA-ACC program will receive advanced training in a broad set of skills and quantitative methods that will enable graduates to oversee all functional areas of an organization and be responsible for the strategic direction of companies or specific business units within operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and administration. CBU's MBA program is uniquely designed for full and part time employed working professionals seeking to develop technical skills and leadership competencies.

Upon completion of an MBA in Accounting, many individuals will go on to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams to become a licensed professional. For working professionals who have already attained certification, they will find an MBA opens up opportunities in advancement in the growing job market of finance. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, students graduating with an MBA are entering the best job market in a decade (1). The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected rapid growth for high-level accounting positions over the same time (2)

The Fully Employed Masters of Business Administration in Accounting is designed to take students through a journey that embraces personal, professional, and spiritual transformation. Students graduating from the MBA program will be equipped to ethically address complex accounting issues in a dynamic business environment. In addition, students will leave the program with the capacity to self-reflect, think critically, lead and engage others, and make effective decisions.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Fully Employed Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate competency in business planning and entrepreneurial management from the perspective of the advanced-level manager.
  3. Demonstrate the effective use of information systems for decision making and gaining strategic advantage.
  4. Apply biblical principles and theories of leadership to effectively manage individuals and groups within the organizational framework.
  5. Apply ethical reasoning and legal principles to guide effective decisions in business administration and management.
  6. Apply marketing techniques to the effective management of an organization’s marketing activities.
  7. Recognize and interpret indicators of past and future economic activity and gage potential impacts on the organization when making strategic decisions.
  8. Prepare financial transactions and interpret performance.
  9. Solve critical business problems using quantitative business analysis techniques.
  10. Apply business practices in a global context.
  11. Apply the case analysis method to make informed recommendations regarding strategic organizational challenges.

 

1. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-19/mbas-are-graduating-into-the-best-job-market-in-a-decade

2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

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Course Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites (completed with a "C" or better): Applicants should possess the following common body of knowledge from either (1) prerequisite coursework, (2) acceptable scores on pre-approved academic leveling exams, or (3) approved work related experience in: Business Law, Business and Organizational Management, Microeconomics or Macroeconomics, Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Marketing, Statistics and Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. The completion of a minimum of the following four (4) upper division accounting courses (or equivalent): ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting I, ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting II, ACC 430 Federal Income Tax Accounting and ACC 470 Auditing.

Business Core Requirements (21 units)

Entrepreneurial Management

Entrepreneurial Management

This course introduces new enterprise formation and management from the perspective of the advanced-level manager. Some practical issues that are covered in detail include: market planning, business plan preparation, effective team building, and capital acquisition. The course also surveys the innovation-oriented department or strategic business unit of an ongoing and larger business, and offers an examination of the factors that enable an entire unit of a large organization to become more creative and dynamic. Students may only earn credit for either BUS505 or BUS506. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2016
BUS505 AE Session 1
09/06/2016
10/30/2016
Online N/A N/A Putulowski, Joe R.
Fall 2016
BUS505 BE Session 1
09/06/2016
10/30/2016
Online N/A N/A Putulowski, Joe R.
Fall 2017
BUS505 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Organizational Behavior

Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the relationships of individuals and groups within the organizational framework as it involves the nature, performance, and structure of organizational life. The course examines theories of organizational behavior and leadership methods with emphasis on integrating biblical principles. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2016
BUS515 BE Session 2
10/31/2016
12/23/2016
Online N/A N/A Rawls, Kevin Lee
Fall 2016
BUS515 AE Session 2
10/31/2016
12/23/2016
Online N/A N/A Whitlatch, William Leon
Spring 2017
BUS515 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
BUS515 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS515 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Legal Environment of Business and Management

Legal Environment of Business and Management

This course identifies the major areas of past and present government regulations impacting business. The emphasis is on the highly relevant legal mandates and restrictions affecting managers in all business sectors. Prerequisite: BUS 358 or equivalent.(3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
BUS525 AE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS525 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Marketing Management

Marketing Management

This course investigates the strategic implications and considerations of marketing management decisions. The course covers the formulation and implementation of effective planning for market development. Substantive and procedural aspects of marketing will also be addressed. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
BUS530 AE Session 2
06/27/2016
08/21/2016
Online N/A N/A Putulowski, Joe R.
Spring 2017
BUS530 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2017
BUS530 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS530 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Economic Analysis for the Changing Business Environment

Economic Analysis for the Changing Business Environment

This course surveys economic theory, techniques for recognizing and interpreting economic indicators, analyzing industries, price elasticity, and business and economic cycles that affect organizations and industries. Prerequisite: BUS 217, BUS 218, or BUS 503. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
BUS535 AE Session 2
06/27/2016
08/21/2016
Online N/A N/A Yoo, James J.
Summer 2016
BUS535 BE Session 2
06/27/2016
08/21/2016
Online N/A N/A Yoo, James J.
Summer 2017
BUS535 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Quantitative Business Modeling

Quantitative Business Modeling

This course focuses in business computer applications for the manager. Computer models will be created to aid in forecasting, budgeting, and other decision-making processes. The emphasis will be placed on pro-forma financial statements as well as cash flow analysis. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
BUS542 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2017
BUS542 BE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS542 BE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS542 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Strategic Management

Strategic Management

Using the case analysis method, a course in which students learn the tasks of strategic management in the business firm: establishing an effective vision; setting strategic and financial objectives that are grounded in solid market data; forming and implementing an appropriate strategy; and evaluating organizational performance. With written, verbal, and presentation assignments, students develop the ability to identify, analyze, and make recommendations regarding strategic organizational problems in order to learn a variety of conceptual approaches to strategic thinking.(3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
BUS547 AE Session 2
06/27/2016
08/21/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Fall 2016
BUS547 AE Session 2
10/31/2016
12/23/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Spring 2017
BUS547 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2017
BUS547 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
BUS547 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
BUS547 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff

Accounting Specialization (15 units)

Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance

Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance

This course will cover advanced topics of independent assurance services such as principles and concepts related to evidence, risk assessment, and testing. Topics may also include statistical sampling techniques, special purpose reports, non-audit attest engagements, and forensic accounting. Particular attention will be placed on current issues such as recent changes in the standards for accounting and review engagements. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2016
ACC510 AE Session 1
09/06/2016
10/30/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Fall 2017
ACC510 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Taxation for Business Entities

Taxation for Business Entities

This course will focus on the federal tax implications of the formation, activity, and dissolution of business entities such as corporations, estates, trusts, and partnerships. This course will also incorporate techniques for tax planning and research. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
ACC530 AE Session 1
05/02/2016
06/26/2016
Online N/A N/A Minesinger, Kenneth W.
Summer 2017
ACC530 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting

Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting

This course will focus on contemporary issues in financial accounting such as the convergence of U.S. and international accounting standards, segment and interim reporting requirements, SEC financial reporting, hedging of foreign currency risk, variable interest entities (VIEs), and other current accounting issues as they develop. Students will develop effective writing skills through the use of problems and assignments focused specifically on the writing requirements for accounting professionals. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2017
ACC540 AE Session 1
01/09/2017
03/05/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
ACC540 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CPAs

Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CPAs

A number of ethical failures in business have resulted in the necessity for this course in recent years. As such, this course focuses on the ethical and professional responsibilities of CPAs in public and private practice. Ethical reasoning, corporate governance, decision making and ethical frameworks will be examined to provide a base of understanding. The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other professional standards will also be studied as they apply to the practice of accounting. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
ACC550 AE Session 2
06/27/2016
08/21/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Fall 2016
ACC550 AE Session 2
10/31/2016
12/23/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Spring 2017
ACC550 AE Session 2
03/06/2017
04/30/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2017
ACC550 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2017
ACC550 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2018
ACC550 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Financial Management

Financial Management

The course focuses on the application and development of management decision making and problem solving skills in the financial area. Specific topics of discussion include financial statement analysis, credit and operational risk, financial planning and budgeting, asset valuation, cash flow analysis and capital budgeting, and firm valuation from a value-based management and corporate governance perspective. Prerequisite: ACC250. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2016
BUS539 BE Session 1
05/02/2016
06/26/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Summer 2016
BUS539 AE Session 1
05/02/2016
06/26/2016
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Summer 2017
BUS539 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Julianna Browning

Julianna Browning, Ph.D.

Program Director

Associate Professor of Accounting / Chair, Business / Director of M.S. in Accounting

Office Phone: (951) 343-3972
Email: jbrownin@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Richard Ardito

Richard Ardito, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office Phone: 951.343.5574
Email: rardito@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth W. Minesinger, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Office Phone: (951) 343-5566
Email: kminesinger@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
David Poole

David Poole, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Leadership and Management / Vice President for Online and Professional Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-3902
Email: dpoole@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Joe Putulowski

Joe R. Putulowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office Phone: (951) 343-3949
Email: jputulowski@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
James Yoo

James Yoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Office Phone: 951-343-3900
Email: jamyoo@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

    Applicants are considered based on a combination of GPA (minimum 2.5), management and professional work experience.


Step 1:

Apply Online

Step 1a:

Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

Your personal admissions counselor will contact you to assist with enrollment, registration and financing your education*

Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Live your purpose. Follow your passion. CBU Online is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Earning your degree at CBU Online is a short term investment with long term dividends.

  • A cost effective education with financial aid options
  • Apply for aid by completing the FAFSA, work individually with caring staff to explore financing options to complete your education
  • Grants, Scholarships, Veteran’s Benefits, Employer Tuition Assistance, Student Loans and Financing Plans available for those who qualify
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Find and secure the resources you need to finance your educational investment. CBU Online works hard to provide an affordable and valuable education. We can help you identify, understand, and seek qualification for a variety of financing and financial aid options.

The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125

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Contact Us


Admissions

Phone: 951-343-3927
877-228-5657
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

CBU Online & Professional Studies Division

Phone: 951-343-3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-3914
Email: zsmith@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-4371
Email: studentaccounts@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-2190
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