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Courses | Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Accounting Leveling Courses

Up to 21 credits of accounting leveling courses may be required for students without an undergraduate degree or equivalent in accounting.

Advanced treatment of cash-flow, funds-flow analyses, preparation of financial statements, income tax allocation, valuation, forecasts, and cash reconciliation. Grade Mode: A.
Advanced treatment of cash-flow, funds-flow analyses, preparation of financial statements, income tax allocation, valuation, forecasts, and cash reconciliation. Grade Mode: A.
Cost accounting from a managerial, conceptual and technical viewpoint; product, labor, material and overhead costing; planning and control processes; and analytical procedures. Grade Mode: A.
An explanation of the federal income tax law as it relates to partnerships and corporations. Estate taxes are reviewed with a historical perspective. Grade Mode: A.
The study of computer based systems for the collection, organization, and presentation of accounting information. Grade Mode: A.
Examines essential elements of corporate consolidations, branch and departmental accounting, international accounting, advanced partnership and fund accounting concepts. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to standards and procedures which comprise the contemporary audit environment. Topics include, ethics, legal liability, Internal control, substantive evidence, and reporting. Course work includes Comprehensive practice audit. Grade Mode: A.

Business Leveling Courses

Up to 9 credits of leveling courses may be required for students without an undergraduate degree in business.

Students learn to manage the marketing process in the context of the firm's strategies and objectives. Topics include analyzing marketing opportunities, selecting target markets, developing marketing strategies, planning marketing programs, budgeting the marketing program, and implementing and controlling the marketing effort. Students will also be introduced to economic principles that affect marketing decisions. Throughout the course students will reflect on Biblical and ethical issues in marketing, and how they potentially affect the marketing management process. Grade Mode: A.

This overview course is an introduction to the basic tools and principles of economics. Topics include supply and demand theory, theory of consumer behavior, industrial organization, income distribution, market failure, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade. Grade Mode: A.

This course will examine the legal and regulatory environment of business including an overall survey of the legal system, torts, contracts, criminal law, employment and labor law, business organizations, international law, as well as ethics and biblical principles and their relationship to and interaction with legal principles. Grade Mode: A.

Core Requirements

Advanced and current issues in financial accounting and reporting, including professional pronouncements. Grade Mode: A.
Advanced federal taxation concepts of corporations, partnerships, and other flow-through entities. Grade Mode: A.
Accounting literature research with the use of technology and the communication of the findings in written and oral formats. Grade Mode: A.
Ethical issues and standards in the accounting profession. Grade Mode: A.
Principles of fund accounting as it is applied to governmental and nonprofit entities as well as the fundamentals of nonprofit taxation. Grade Mode: A.
A comparative review of US GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Grade Mode: A.
The study of ratio and profitability analysis, analysis of the statement of cash flows, pro forma forecasting, (credit and governance) risk analysis, earnings quality analysis, and valuation. Grade Mode: A.
Students will understand the role that digital technologies and statistical analysis play in solving complex accounting issues. The students will develop and advanced knowledge of technology to apply to analyze accounting information. Grade Mode: A.

The course will explore the place of work within God's kingdom program for history. The contours and major movements in God's program to rule the creation will provide the context for identifying the biblical understanding of the purpose and nature of work in the present age. These major movements include the pattern of work in the initial created order, patterns of work within the theocratic society of Israel, and finally work redeemed in the truth of Jesus Christ for the present age. Special attention will be given to the place of work in the believer's spiritual formation as the source for being a leader for Christ in the workplace. Grade Mode: A.


Advanced treatment of contemporary auditing topics and assurance services. Grade Mode: A.
Advanced Federal taxation issues as it relates to individual taxpayers. Grade Mode: A.
This course covers the core accounting topics in key California industries; including technology, entertainment, real estate, and financial services. Grade Mode: A.
In-depth investigation of a topic under the guidance of the faculty. Grade Mode: A.

In this course, students integrate the learning experience by completing modules related directly to CPA exam preparation. Grade Mode: C. 

In-depth study of accounting information systems and their use and design. Grade Mode: A.
Work experience related to the field of accounting. A proposal describing learning objectives, collateral reading and expected benefits must be submitted and accepted by a supervisor and instructor during the semester prior to registration. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Field experience, including Intercultural projects, related to the field of accounting. Grade Mode: A.

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