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 www.brenau.edu/apply.

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.

Curriculum

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.

Core

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

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

Professor Terrie D. Thamer, CPA, CFE has over 25 years of experience in industry and public accounting, focusing primarily on small business consulting, auditing and tax while specializing in the construction and manufacturing industries.  A licensed CPA in Georgia and Florida, she has served in several leadership roles with the profession, including Past National President of the American Women’s Society of CPAs.  She is an author and instructor for continuing education courses for the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.   In 2008, she received the Accounting Educator of the Year Award in Georgia.  Professor Thamer can be reached at 770.538.4742 or via e-mail at tthamer@brenau.edu

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 www.brenau.edu/apply.

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 graduateadmissions@brenau.edu.

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.  If you are completing FAFSA on the Web for the first time, we recommend that you apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov 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 www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov.

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.

Tuition

See Financial Aid:  Tuition and Fees.

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100