Accounting Concentration

The MBA accounting concentration combines broad business and advanced accounting courses with leadership opportunities. Students will have an upper hand in preparing for the CPA exam because of CBU’s partnership with Wiley CPAexcel, which provides the highest quality test preparation materials for our students to use. Additionally, CBU’s partnerships with local, mid and national accounting firms help our well-equipped graduates find employment that is suited to their strengths. 

The accounting industry is held to a higher ethical standard than other fields, and as such, the field requires education that ensures accountants understand these rules. The CBU MBA is distinctively designed to integrate Christian ethics into the rules of professional responsibility for CPAs. This combination reiterates the high standard of ethics of the field and produces some of the most sought-after and respected graduates.

  • Career Opportunities

    Competent Leaders with Competitive Skills
    Widely recognized and respected by the region's business community, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California Baptist University equips graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience demanded by today's organizations. The MBA from CBU positions you to reach your professional goals, advance your career and compete effectively for a range of leadership roles in an array of organizational environments, in the public, private, not-for-profit and religious sectors.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    The highest ranking organizational officer responsible for managing the overall organization and reporting to the Board of Directors and/or owners.

    Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE)
    Certified Fraud Examiners can be found in a wide range of government, corporate, and private settings. They prevent, investigate, and help prosecute fraud and mismanagement. Fraud examiners may also help victims recover fraud losses through asset tracking and civil remedies.

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Primarily responsible for financial planning, reporting and record-keeping of the organization.

    Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
    Certified Internal Auditors work within companies to assure accurate financial reporting and compliance with company rules and regulations, industry standards, and legal requirements.

    Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
    Certified Management Accountants work in companies to allocate costs and improve operations through cost analysis.

    Chief Operating Officer (COO)
    The COO is typically responsible for monitoring and improving an organization's daily activities and reporting to the CEO. The COO may also be an executive or senior vice president.

    Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
    Certified Public Accountants are business leaders trusted advisors.  CPAs can be found in all industries providing assurance to financial statements and reports, providing tax advice, and leading the accounting and finance operations of companies.

    Entrepreneurs
    Individuals seeking to launch an enterprise and/or product, find an MBA from CBU provides a wealth of knowledge, skills and techniques independent entrepreneurs can use to reach their goals.

    Management Consulting
    Management consultants evaluate and analyze existing organizational problems, and provide expert insight and strategies on resolving those issue and improving organizational performance.

    Vice President (VP)
    MBA graduates have the opportunity to explore and pursue vice president career tracks within organizations, in a myriad of capacities including finance, marketing, human resource management, and technology.

Core Courses

BUS503 Foundations of Management

A foundational course for all MBA students. It is designed to ensure all MBA students have the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the MBA program. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in finance, global business, economics, organizational behavior, operations management, human resources, ethics, and law. This course will also help students bridge the scholar-practitioner divide through teaching research and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the program. (3 units)

BUS503-A
Lainson, Douglas L.
01/08/2018 Sa 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 253
BUS503-A
Hove, Tad A.
05/07/2018 Sa 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS503-B
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
07/02/2018 - Online
BUS503-A
Lainson, Douglas L.
09/04/2018 Sa 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS503-B
Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/04/2018 Sa 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS510 Innovation and Technology

This course provides a relevant and current survey of information systems in relation to the use of technology to achieve innovative business success. The course takes both a strategic and practical approach to the issues organizations face in understanding and determining the application of technical solutions and strategic planning. The course is designed to deliver the tools for the MBA student to apply immediately in their business roles outside of the university. In the course the student will participate in open discussion, group activities, and topical research and reporting. (3 units)

BUS510-A
Bretches, Stephen Lloyd
01/08/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 251
BUS510-A
Bretches, Stephen Lloyd
05/07/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS510-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS521 Leadership and Change Management

This course provides a discussion of change in relation to the complexities of organizational life. The course takes both a theoretical and practical approach to the issue of organizational change to meet both the academic and applied aims of a cutting-edge MBA course. As such, the course will focus on a sound balance between discussions and practical application in a multi-dimensional context. (3 units)

BUS521-A
Bigley, Joel Douglas
03/05/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 252
BUS521-A
Lainson, Douglas L.
10/29/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS521-B
Vanderslice, Gaynell
10/29/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS535 Econ Analysis Chng Bus Envrnmt

This course surveys economic theory, techniques for recognizing and interpreting economic indicators, analyzing industries, price elasticity, and business and economic cycles that affect organizations and industries. Prerequisite: BUS 217, BUS 218, or BUS 503. (3 units)

BUS535-D
Namvar, Bob
01/08/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 104
BUS535-E
Lainson, Douglas L.
03/05/2018 - Online
BUS535-B
Namvar, Bob
03/05/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 252
BUS535-A
Crandall, Terry L.
07/02/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS535-A
Namvar, Bob
10/29/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS535-B
Namvar, Bob
10/29/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS539 Financial Management

The course focuses on the application and development of management decision making and problem solving skills in the financial area. Specific topics of discussion include financial statement analysis, credit and operational risk, financial planning and budgeting, asset valuation, cash flow analysis and capital budgeting, and firm valuation from a value-based management and corporate governance perspective. Prerequisite: ACC250. (3 units)

BUS539-A
Harrison, Adele L.
01/08/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 253
BUS539-B
Markley, Randy T.
05/07/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS539-A
Markley, Randy T.
05/07/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS539-A
Harrison, Adele L.
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS545 Global Business Management

This course focuses on management perspectives, economics, finance, culture, politics, legal, and organizational issues associated with international business operations. Course materials address business strategies, enterprise management alternatives, political and economics relations, comparative national systems, and the global economy. (3 units)

BUS545-A
Bigley, Joel Douglas
01/08/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 252
BUS545-A
Bigley, Joel Douglas
05/07/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS545-B
Ortiz, Mandy H.
05/07/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS545-A
Bigley, Joel Douglas
09/04/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS548 Strategy and Decision Making

This course is designed to develop the skills and analytical tools to build a strategic framework to align with organizational objectives. Quantitative tools, including decision models, game theory, and statistical analysis will be employed, and coupled with qualitative techniques, to examine critical business problems and develop and implement practical solutions. Insights from behavioral economics will offer an innovative approach to the managerial decision-making process and improve business performance. (3 units)

BUS548-A
Richardson Jr., Charles R
03/05/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 250
BUS548-B
Scott, Andrea D.G.
07/02/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS548-A
STAFF, STAFF
07/02/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS548-A
Bigley, Joel Douglas
10/29/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

BUS593 Intrdscplnry Culminating Project

This course, by its very nature, is an opportunity for students to integrate and apply the summative knowledge and competencies accumulated during their MBA courses. The course is designed to assess cognitive, affective, practical and presentation skills. Students will integrate their Master’s coursework knowledge by developing an interdisciplinary final project that incorporates functional areas such as strategic management, operations, marketing, business law and regulations, finance, and HR issues. This project will encourage students to understand the internal mechanisms and structures of how firms build and sustain superior competitive positions and achieve long-run profitability. (3 units)

BUS593-A
Lainson, Douglas L.
03/05/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 253
BUS593-B
Vanderslice, Gaynell
07/02/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS593-D
Bruer, Timothy G.
07/02/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
BUS593-A
Lainson, Douglas L.
10/29/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

Accounting Concentration Courses

ACC520 Advncd Topics Managerial Acctng

This course will build on the foundation laid in Cost Accounting and will explore additional topics in managerial accounting such as cost allocations and pricing decisions, balanced scorecard, management control systems, performance measurement, and other topics as developed. This course is designed to expand the accounting student’s knowledge of how to use managerial accounting information to make decisions and influence strategy. The class will expose students to the use of cost data to measure and manage customer issues, process performance requirements, and life-cycle costs. In addition, behavioral and organizational issues will be analyzed and budget and financial controls will be utilized to support decision making. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)

ACC520-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
05/07/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

ACC530 Taxation for Business Entities

This course will focus on the federal tax implications of the formation, activity, and dissolution of business entities such as corporations, estates, trusts, and partnerships. This course will also incorporate techniques for tax planning and research. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)

ACC530-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
03/05/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 204

ACC540 Advncd Topics in Financial Acctg

This course will focus on contemporary issues in financial accounting such as the convergence of U.S. and international accounting standards, segment and interim reporting requirements, SEC financial reporting, hedging of foreign currency risk, variable interest entities (VIEs), and other current accounting issues as they develop. Students will develop effective writing skills through the use of problems and assignments focused specifically on the writing requirements for accounting professionals. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)

ACC540-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
09/04/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

ACC550 Ethcs/Prfssnl Rspnsblty for CPAs

A number of ethical failures in business have resulted in the necessity for this course in recent years. As such, this course focuses on the ethical and professional responsibilities of CPAs in public and private practice. Ethical reasoning, corporate governance, decision making and ethical frameworks will be examined to provide a base of understanding. The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other professional standards will also be studied as they apply to the practice of accounting. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)

ACC550-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
05/07/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Bachelor's degree
• GMAT score
• GPA
• Essay
• References
• Interview