The accounting business analytics (ABA) track prepares students for the changing nature of the accounting field. As the industry moves toward further use of artificial intelligence, accountants need to have the skillset to use emerging technologies, analyze data, and give advice to clients. Advisory roles often involve risk management and mitigation, process and procedure improvement, and analyzing data to reveal trends. Through combining business analytics and accounting, these professionals navigate regulatory complexity, stimulate innovation, and grow a company’s competitive advantage. ABA students often start in general audit roles, advisory roles, or business analytics positions where they can combine their accounting knowledge with analytics to help make decisions for their employer and their clients.
In order to do the ABA Emphasis with the Dual GCBA Certificate, you must apply and be accepted into the GCBA program IN ADDITION to being admitted into the MAcc program. You must do this prior to your first semester in the program.
Core Courses Requirements: The following are core courses for the ABA degree. You must take all of the courses below totaling 21.0 credits.
- IS 6487 – Intro to Business Analytics (1.5)
- IS 6489 – Stats & Predictive Analytics (3.0)
- IS 6420 – Database Theory & Design (3.0)
- OIS 6040 – Data Analysis & Decision Making (1.5)
- IS 6480 – Data Warehousing (3.0)
- ACCTG 6610 – Reading & Interpreting (3.0)
- ACCTG 6620 – Business Valuation (3.0)
- ACCTG 6732 – Corporate & LLC Taxation (3.0) or ACCTG 6735 – Business & Tax Strategy (3.0)
Total Core Credits: 21.0
Electives Requirements: ABA students are required to have 9.0 elective credits overall. At least 6.0 must be done in the ACCTG department, and the remaining 3.0 credits must be done in the IS department, from an approved list of MSBA Credits.
Reminder: Some students have an ACCTG 5000 level class they have to take in their grad program to finish the prerequisites to the MAcc program (most often ACCTG 5130: Fin Acctg III). This 5000 level ACCTG class counts as an ACCTG elective.
Total Elective Credits: 9.0
Total Program Credits: 30.0