MAcc Learning Goals

The Kania School of Management has established the following Learning Goals for the Accountancy Program:

Students will gain extensive knowledge in the field of accounting and understand the manner in which accounting information is generated and disseminated.

  • Students will research advanced current topics in accounting and demonstrate an understanding of both theoretical and practical applications of their findings.
  • Students will understand the processes of the governing bodies charged with the creation and oversight of the various accounting and auditing standards/practices.
  • Students will understand how accounting information is generated and how it is used by key stakeholders.
Students will be capable of applying an advanced level of accounting knowledge as a means of solving business problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of advanced accounting concepts and the ways in which such concepts can be applied to current reporting requirements.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use accounting information in solving current real world problems commonly faced by key stakeholders like managers and current and prospective investors/creditors.
Students will be capable of critically analyzing accounting information and utilizing their knowledge of the field to disseminate value-added insights throughout the firm.
  • Students will analyze business situations and provide value-added insights and recommendations to contribute to the decision making process.
  • Using appropriate accounting methods, students will critique the firm’s performance and provide a foundation for performance improvement.
Students will be able to effectively identify and evaluate the kinds of ethical challenges often faced by accounting professionals and express their ability to appropriately respond in a manner that is consistent with the profession’s high ethical expectations.
  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ethical theory, principles, and rules via direct application to practical ethical dilemmas.
  • Students gain an understanding of the high ethical expectations of the profession and how to become more aware of their own behaviors and life choices as a means of fulfilling such expectations.
Students will understand the global environment of the accounting profession and the critical leadership role they must be able to fill within the broader business environment.
  • Through analyses of specific management scenarios, students will analyze the critical role accounting professionals play in the global business environment.
  • Students will apply accounting techniques to add value and insights and thus enable the firm to capitalize on emerging business opportunities.
Students will demonstrate the kinds of advanced communication skills that are consistent with the profession’s high demands and expectations.
  • Students will understand the importance of providing effective communication to key stakeholders within and outside of the firm.
  • By way of a series of writing assignments targeted toward satisfying the expectations of key stakeholders, students will demonstrate a mastery of writing skills.