Accounting Analytics Emphasis

Students who pursue this emphasis must take 9 credits from qualifying courses.

Required Courses
BUAD 6239 - Audit Analytics and Information Systems

3 credits


Develops in-depth knowledge about conducting an information systems audit, developing frameworks for management and application control, using audit software, conducting concurrent auditing techniques, evaluating data integrity, system effectiveness, and system efficiency. Also introduces: technical security controls to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks; risk and vulnerability analysis to select, design and evaluate security controls; and legal, ethical, and privacy aspects of information assurance.

BUAD 6249 - Data Analysis & Simulation for Accountants

3 credits


This course is designed to introduce students to basic modeling, analysis and simulation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on problem identification and formulation, sensitivity analysis, and model construction. Tools such as MS Excel, Solver, Crystal Ball, and @Risk will be used to solve accounting-related business problems.


Additional Credits
BUAD 6149 - Driving Organizational Performance

3 credits


This course will cover managerial accounting topics such as: customer lifetime value estimation, cost of service delays, cost of quality analyses, time-driven Activity-Based-Costing, profit planning along the value chain, financial and operational forecasting, outsourcing, supplier choice and performance measurement, and analyses of profit drivers. This course replaces the Accounting for Business Strategies course, which met the cost credit requirement.

BUAD 6229 - Financial Statement Analysis

3 credits


This course introduces students to the elements of financial statement analysis and increases students' ability to extract and use information from financial reports. While financial statements are prepared in accordance with specific accounting rules and principles, most of the numbers in financial statements are based on a set of assumptions and choices made by management. In this class, students learn how to identify and adjust for the effects of accounting choices on the comparability of reported earnings and other accounting performance measures across countries, across firms, and over time. Students also learn how to evaluate circumstances where accounting rules can cause disruptions in trends making it difficult to forecast earnings and free cash flows. In addition, students learn techniques to identify earnings management, as well as assess whether the financial statements reflect the riskiness of the firm. Finally, because many large companies operate in a global environment, the class will examine problems created by differences in accounting standards across countries (e.g., U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles versus International Financial Reporting Standards), as well as issues inherent in multinational companies such as how foreign currency affects financial statements.

BUAD 6271 - Database Management

3 credits


This course considers the application, logical structure and physical implementation of databases to aid in developing business intelligence. Primary topics include data modeling, relational databases, structured query language, data analytics and visualization, amongst other contemporary data management topics. Multiple database management systems and analytical platforms may be introduced.

BUAD 6711 - Advanced Modeling Techniques

3 credits


This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to develop advanced decision models using a variety of programming and database tools. This semester, we will focus on VBA and Access.