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Master of Accounting Science Learning Goals and Objectives
The NIU Master of Accounting Science program provides advanced study in accounting to prepare students for the challenges of the professional practice of accountancy.

  1. Our graduates will be technically proficient accounting and business professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of:
    • technical accounting knowledge appropriate to their chosen programs of study.
    • the integration of accounting and business knowledge in a variety of contexts, including financial statement analysis and business valuation.
  2. Our graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles as accounting professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate:
    • an understanding of leadership development theory.
    • the ability to solve problems in an environment of uncertainty or ambiguity.
    • an understanding of how to solve problems with a leadership perspective.
    • effective team management skills.
  3. Our graduates will be effective researchers.
    Our students will conduct research to develop effective solutions to accounting and business problems, relying on appropriate technology tools, authoritative pronouncements, and data sources.

  4. Our graduates will be effective communicators.
    Our students will:
    • communicate in a professional manner.
    • demonstrate effective feedback skills.
    • demonstrate effective facilitation skills.
    • exhibit professional business conduct.
  5. Our graduates will be ethical accounting professionals.
    Our students will identify ethical issues, decision alternatives, consequences, and workable alternative solutions by applying relevant professional standards and codes of conduct.

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Master of Business Administration Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Our graduates will be able to integrate information across business disciplines.
    College of Business MBA graduates will be able to solve business problems and make feasible decisions by recognizing the relationship of the various business functions including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations and productions, information technology, and strategic planning.
  2. Our graduates will be effective decision makers.
    College of Business MBA graduates will be able to analyze data using the appropriate qualitative tools, quantitative tools, and business concepts such as managerial accounting, financial analysis, organizational behavior, marketing management, operation analysis, management of information technology, and strategic management.
  3. Our graduates will demonstrate business ethical awareness.
    College of Business MBA graduates will be able to evaluate the ethical and social impact of business decisions.
  4. Our graduates will demonstrate cultural awareness and a global perspective.
    College of Business MBA graduates will be able to analyze the role of cultural diversity and the impact of continuously changing global business environment in business decision making using the appropriate strategic framework.
  5. Our graduates will have effective communication skills.
    College of Business MBA graduates will be able to communicate ideas effectively orally and in writing by integrating interpersonal skills with the appropriate technology.

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Master of Science in Management Information Systems Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students with professional skills, values, and attitudes for the challenges of the professional practice of information technology. The learning outcomes of the professional skills, values, and attitudes are: The students will be able to:
    • P1) Communicate effectively both written and orally.
    • P2) Work effectively in teams to solve MIS/Business-related problems.
    • P3) Understand the role of leadership in carrying out IT strategy and directing teams.
    • P4) Demonstrate strong ethical principles and apply professional rules of conduct.
    • P5) Demonstrate analytical skills in terms of effective decision-making and problem solving.
  2. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students to be able to make solid business driven decisions. The learning outcomes of making business driven decisions are: The students will be able to:
    • D1) Understand the role of MIS in supporting organizational decision-making and for achieving competitive advantage.
    • D2) Develop appropriate IT strategies & policies for organizations.
    • D3) Understand the social, political, & strategic value of information creation, access, ownership, & use in a global environment.
    • D4) Research & evaluate emerging technologies and MIS trends in order to develop innovative organizational solutions.
  3. The NIU MIS program provides advanced study to prepare students to have MIS knowledge and skills. The learning outcomes of MIS knowledge and skills are: The students will be able to:
    • S1) Demonstrate skills in modeling organizational processes, business rules, and data, as well as defining and implementing technical and process solutions.
    • S2) Apply project management concepts, processes, knowledge areas, and tools to plan and manage IT projects that bring value to organizations.
    • S3) Develop a computer-based application using a contemporary computer language or development tool.
    • S4) Demonstrate a socio-technical understanding that systems consist of people, processes, software, hardware, and data.
    • S5) Design and evaluate secure computer networks.

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Master of Science in Taxation Learning Goals and Objectives
The NIU Master of Science in Taxation program provides advanced study in taxation to prepare students for the challenges of the professional practice of taxation.

  1. Our graduates will be technically proficient tax professionals.
    Our students will apply knowledge of primary tax authority with respect to:
    • the federal income taxation of corporations, partnerships, and property transactions.
    • the federal estate and gift taxes.
    • other specialized areas of taxation that complement each student's career.
  2. Our graduates will be effective tax researchers.
    Our students will conduct research to develop effective solutions to tax questions, using appropriate technology tools and relying on appropriate primary authority.

  3. Our graduates will be effective communicators.
    Our students will:
    • communicate tax solutions and/or recommendations in a professional manner.
    • prepare tax returns and other filings in an appropriate manner.
  4. Our graduates will be ethical tax professionals.
    Our students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply professional standards and codes of conduct relevant to the practice of tax.