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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

NIU MBA graduates will demonstrate business acumen and analytical skills.

  • NIU MBA graduates will solve business problems through integration of core business knowledge; including accounting, finance, marketing, management, information technology, and operations management.
  • NIU MBA graduates will use critical thinking to identify and analyze business problems, and prioritize reasonable alternatives.

NIU MBA graduates will communicate with impact.

  • NIU MBA graduates will effectively convey their ideas, decisions, and recommendations through oral dialogue, the written word, and the visual medium.
  • NIU MBA graduates will affectively persuade their audience through a combination of analytical reasoning, empathy, and persuasive language.

NIU MBA graduates will be effective leaders.

  • NIU MBA graduates will demonstrate leadership skills that value diverse perspectives and skills, and work collaboratively to accomplish organizational goals.
  • NIU MBA graduates will focus on identifying and improving their own professional strengths and developmental needs.

NIU MBA graduates will identify ethical issues and the implications on business, society, and individuals.

  • NIU MBA graduates will have the skills to identify situations when ethical leadership is required.
  • NIU MBA graduates will demonstrate knowledge of personal responsibility regarding the impact of ethical behavior on business, society, and individuals.

NIU MBA graduates will be a team player.

  • NIU MBA graduates will demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with teams as both leader and member.

NIU MBA graduates will adapt to ever-changing environments.

  • NIU MBA graduates will be innovative and possess the ability to adapt to global market changes and industry dynamics.

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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.