MBA Accounting

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.

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


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