Accounting MBA

An MBA with a concentration in accounting is an opportunity to join a profession which plays a vital role in the world of business.  Accounting provides information to a variety of decision-makers and continues to be one of the leading majors in business.  Students pursuing accounting degrees often follow careers in public accounting, industry, government, and non-profit organizations and the program provides adequate preparation for several professional accounting certifications or designations.  The Accounting MBA is a 15 course, 45 credit hour degree program which leads to a Masters in Business Administration degree and a certificate in one of the two accounting concentration.  Students interested in learning more should click here.  To apply, visit

The Public Accounting concentration is designed for students who are intending to take the CPA exam   and practice in public accounting.  Employment opportunities include auditing and other attest engagements, taxation, forensic accounting and client consulting.  Credentials related to this concentration are the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

The Management Accounting concentration is designed for students who want to practice in the area of management accounting.  Employment opportunities include Chief Financial Officer (CFO), controller, accounting manager and small business accounting.  Credentials related to this concentration are Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Brenau also offers the option to students who already hold a graduate degree to earn the Accounting Certificate by completing the 5 required courses in the Accounting Concentration curriculum for either the Public Accounting concentration or the Management Accounting concentration.


Foundation Courses

To enhance their success in the program, students are required to take BA 500 MBA Foundations (3 hours) and BA507 Introduction to Business Communications (3 hours).  These courses must be completed before starting the other MBA coursework.


The core curriculum is taught online or at one of our 5 campuses.  There are 8 courses in the MBA core curriculum (24 hours):

BA 642 Cross-Cultural Business Challenges
BA 670 Integrated Business Operations
AC 721 Budgeting for Managers
BA 787 Global Economics
MG 729 Management & Organizational Behavior
BA  723  Financial Management
MK 715  Marketing Management
BA  799  Strategic Management & Po


Concentration courses are usually taught online.  Students take five courses to complete the specific area of concentration (15 hours):

Public Accounting Concentration*

AC 722 Advanced Accounting
AC 724 Taxation
AC 739 Auditing
AC 725 Fraud Detection and Internal Control
AC 755 Financial Statement and Business Analysis

Management Accounting Concentration

AC 755  Financial Statement and Business Analysis
AC 725  Fraud Detection and Internal Control
BA 756  Valuation
BA 754  Corporate Risk Management Accounting or Finance elective
AC 724 Taxation

*Undergraduate accounting courses are required pre-requisites for the graduate courses.

Program Director

Dr. Denise Smith has nearly 40 years accounting experience in public accounting and managerial finance, many of those as CFO.   Dr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in NC and Georgia, and teaches accounting as a full-time faculty member of Brenau University. She is an active member of the GAAE and NCACPA.  Prior to joining Brenau, Dr. Smith taught at Gardner-Webb University for nine years.  In addition, she volunteers her time as an examiner with the North Carolina Awards for Excellence, the Washington State Awards for Excellence, (both state Baldrige performance improvement programs), Carey VA Awards for Excellence, and is a former national Baldrige examiner. Dr. Smith is also an avid fan of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, having provided sites for the past nine years.

Dr. Smith can be reached at 770-538-4718 or

Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in Brenau University. To apply for admission, please complete the following steps:

1.  Complete  the online application or download a form and mail or fax it to the Office of Admissions.  The application is available at

2.  Request Official Transcripts from all previous institutions and have them sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

3.  Forward your resume to Office of Graduate Admissions at

Admissions decisions are typically made within 2 weeks of receiving a completed file.

Financial Aid Procedures

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web at  If you are completing FAFSA on the Web for the first time, we recommend that you apply for a PIN at prior to completing the FAFSA.  With a PIN, you are able to electronically sign your application, make corrections after submitting the application, and review your processed application data.  If you prefer to complete a paper FAFSA please download one at

Please note:  Financial aid cannot be awarded to students who have not been officially admitted to the university.

Information Sessions

The Office of Graduate Admissions together with other University offices would like to offer you an opportunity to visit campus and talk with us about your academic and professional goals.  We want to make sure you understand how Brenau University can assist you in living an Extraordinary Life.  These sessions are held once a semester at the campus near you.  Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for further details.


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