The Catholic University of America

School of Business and Economics

Professors M. Sophia Aguirre; Brian Engelland; Ernest M. Zampelli
Professors Emeriti August C. Bolino; Alberto M. Piedra
Associate Professors Andrew Abela, Dean; Kevin F. Forbes; Reza Saidi; Jamshed Y. Uppal

Assistant Professors

Clinical Assistant Professors

Angelina Christie, Ava Cas 


William Kirst; Mary Njai, Martha Cruz-Zuniga; John Yoest

Distinguished Lecturer Raymond J. Wyrsch;
Senior Lecturer Margaret McGuire; Paul Radich; Sharon Virga
Lecturers

Philip Brach, Kristina Olsen, Peter Weinert, Beatriz Lopez Bonetti, Frederick Repetti, Richard Westerman, Mary Hasson, Gabriela Herrera, Kelly Ryan,  Richard Ryscavage, Stew McHie, Charlotte Ponticelli, Miguel Moreno, Mayra Addison, Luanne Zurlo, Celeste Torio

The School of Business and Economics offers a Master of Science in Accounting, a Master of Science in Business Analysis, a Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development Management, and a Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development Policy.

General Requirements

Students admitted to these programs are bound by university and departmental regulations specified in these Announcements. Before regular admission can be granted, students must take the GRE (or the GMAT for the program in Accounting or MSBA). Any student with deficiencies in undergraduate prerequisites or deficiencies indicated from results of a placement examination must remedy the deficiencies by taking appropriate prerequisite coursework for which no credit toward graduate degree requirements will be given. Students in the Master of Science in Business Analysis, the Master of Science in Accountancy, and the Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development Management programs are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better and receive no more than two C’s to continue in the program. Students in the Master of Arts in International Political Economy must obtain a grade of B- or better in all required courses. In the later program, students who earn less than a B- may be permitted to retake the course. The department will review the continuance of students who have accumulated two grades of less than B-.

Program in Accounting

The School of Business and Economics offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA).  The Program is a one year program designed to meet the professional accounting career-development needs of individuals with accounting backgrounds.  MSA course work is customized to reflect educational and career backgrounds and objectives.  

The MSA program provides students with (1) the more advanced concepts in the fields of accounting, auditing and taxation, (2) a clear understanding of the strategic role of accounting in business organizations and society, and   (3) an international perspective and appreciation for diversity and cultural differences, along with their significance in global business.  

The program is designed for those who already have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree or equivalent. The MSA program provides the academic prerequisites for candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Most states currently require 150 credit hours for the CPA certificate. Upon successful completion of the MSA, students will have met the requirements.

The educational and experience requirements of boards of accountancy vary from state to state. It is the student's responsibility to determine the requirements that must be met in his or her state in order to sit for the examination, and to request changes in the program to meet those requirements. The department maintains a current directory of requirements for all states, territories, and the District of Columbia and can assist the student in meeting these requirements.

Students have the advantage of small classes as well as close mentoring from faculty with a wide range of global and diverse professional experience. Internships and part-time employment at  professional firms, commercial companies, and government agencies are encouraged.

Undergraduate Requirements

A  Bachelor of Science in Accounting or equivalent.

Coursework

Required courses

Accounting

MSA 515 Advanced Accounting Theory, MSA 525 Accounting and Budgeting Systems, MSA 650 Graduate Seminar

Elective courses (15 credits)

Accounting and Management

(any 5)

ACCT 530 Forensic Accounting, ACCT 575 International Accounting, MSBA 501 Managing with Integrity; MSBA 505 Spirit of Enterprise; MSBA 512 Leadership and Entrepreneurship as Service; MSBA 514 Advanced Analysis and Problem-Solving; ACCT 594 Contemporary Accounting Issues

 


Program in Business Analysis

The School of Business and Economics offers a master's degree in Business Analysis.  The purpose of this program is threefold.  The program (1) familiarizes students with the basics of accounting, economics, marketing, finance, and management; (2) develops a strong competence in analytical tools for use in decision analysis, data gathering, statistical analysis, forecasting, etc; and (3) hones students’ already-existing communication and reasoning skills for application to a business environment (e.g. business writing and presentations).

In keeping with the mission of the university, the program is taught in the context of a view of commerce as service to society, inspired by the Catholic principles of solidarity (“a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good”), subsidiarity (higher authorities should perform only those tasks which cannot be handled adequately at a lower level), and human dignity. The program is designed for liberal arts, engineering, science and other non business undergraduates who are interested in gaining a good entry level position for a career in administration (business, government, or not-for-profit).

Undergraduate Requirements

A minimum of 6 semester hours of undergraduate credits in the following fields: economics (3) and management (3).

Coursework

Required courses (30 credits)
 

Accounting and Finance (6)

MSBA 502 Accounting and Financial Analysis; MSBA 511 Applied Financial Management

Management (24)

MSBA 501 Managing with Integrity; MSBA 503 Quantitative Analysis; MSBA 504 Marketing with Integrity; MSBA 505 Spirit of Enterprise; MSBA 512 Leadership and Entrepreneurship as Service; MSBA 513 Business Research Methods; MSBA 514 Advanced Analysis and Problem-Solving; MSBA 515 Team Field Study

  The final deliverable of the Field Team Study project serves as the comprehensive examination.


Program in Integral Economic Development Management

The School of Business and Economics offers a master's degree in Integral Economic Development Management, the first to create and implement an integrated perspective to measure and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of development programs, while taking into account the social dimension of every person.

Students graduating from the program will have developed: 1) an understanding of the role that cultures and institutions play in the development process, 2) the management skills necessary to design, implement, manage, and evaluate development programs that will achieve integral economic development and build strong institutions (families, communities, etc.) capable of supporting successful development initiatives, and 3) an integrated perspective on economic development — one that takes into account the dignity of the human person, the good of the family, and the good of the community as foundational principles of economic development.

The program is designed to help students who wish to work at private or public organizations in economic development. It will provide them with the management skills necessary to build and support strong institutions, but also focus on the context of social development.

Undergraduate Requirements

• Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 101)
• Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 102)
• Statistical Analysis (Econ 224) or Statistics for Business and Economics (ECON 223)

Coursework

Required courses (A minimum of 37 credits)
 

Core Courses (19 credits)

IEDM 501 Accounting and Finance Concepts and Applications; IEDM 543 Applied Econometrics; IEDM 510 Foundations of an Ethical Integral Social and Economic Development; IEDM 540 Integrl Economic Development; IEDM 562 Survey Design; IEDM 546 Neuroeconomics; IEDM 502 Grant Research and Writing for International Development.

Aspects of Integral Development (12 credits)

IEDM 520 The Politics of Development Policy; IEDM 521 Global Agriculture and Health; IEDM 522 Development Aspects of Energy and Environment; IEDM 523 Global Educations and Community Development Policies

Management of Development Concentrations (6 credits)

The student will be required to choose between the public or private concentration courses.

Public Sector

IEDM 551 Public Financial Management; IEDM 552 International Organizations and Development.

Private Sector

IEDM 561 Managing Not-for-Profits; IEDM 550 Program Management.

Additional Requirements:

Development and Practice Seminar

This requirement is obtained by the successful completion of the IEDM 530 Development and Practice Seminar.

Second Language Proficiency

Students must prove proficiency in a second language before taking the comprehensive examination or presenting an applied research project. It is obtained by the successful completion of a language proficiency examination approved by The Catholic University of America or an equivalent examination that has been approved by the department.

Comprehensive Examination or Applied Research Project

Permission to take the Comprehensive Examination or present the Applied Research Project requires registration for IEDM 698 after proficiency in a second language is documented and IEDM 530 Development and Practice Seminar and 37 credits are completed or pending. Students are required to pass a Comprehensive Examination or present an Applied Research Project that has been approved by the academic advisor.

Program in International Political Economy

In conjunction with the Department of Politics, the Department of Business and Economics offers a master's degree in international political economy. This interdisciplinary program offers prospective graduate students a carefully designed combination of theoretical training and exposure to outstanding policy issues. Individuals professionally involved in aspects of international economic relations-international business, finance, banking, and government service-will find such a program of particular career interest. The minimum number of semester hours of graduate credit to be earned by degree candidates is 36. In keeping with the objectives of the university, the department incorporates into its curriculum, wherever appropriate, values and insights that derive from its Christian heritage.

Undergraduate Requirements

A minimum of 27 semester hours of undergraduate credits in the following fields: economics (15), including intermediate micro- and macroeconomic theory; two semesters of statistics; politics (12), including American government and comparative politics. Two semesters of calculus are also recommended.

Coursework

Required courses (24 credits)
 
Economics (12) ECON 662, Graduate Statistics (3); ECON 580, Economics of International Trade; ECON 581, Economics of International Finance; ECON 582, Economic Integration Movements; or ECON 540, Economics of Development.
Politics (12) POL 606, Graduate Introduction to International Affairs (3); POL 607, Graduate Introduction to Comparative Politics (3); POL 583, Comparative Political Development (3); seminar from approved list of seminars (3).
Area of Specialization (six credits)
Politics (6) POL 537, Political Economy and International Politics (3); POL 538, Topics in International Political Economy (3).
Electives (six credits)
Economics (6) The student will be required to take two electives in economics. The courses offered are meant to give the student a broad range of choices. A student wishing to pursue more advanced economic theory may wish to choose from ECON 711, Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (3); ECON 712, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory I (3); ECON 721, Advanced Microeconomic Theory II (3); ECON 722, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory II (3). Other courses that may be taken as electives include ECON 501, Ethics in Economics and the Social Responsibility of Business (3); ECON 540, Economics of Development (3); ECON 582, Economic Integration Movements (3); MGT 590, International Business (3); and ECON 563, Econometric Models (3).

Certificate of Proficiency in Computer Science

This certification should be completed during the first year of coursework. It is obtained by the successful completion of a computer science course or an equivalent course that has been approved by the department (MGT 568, Microcomputer Applications in Business, is highly recommended) or by the equivalent practical work with computers, which is so evaluated by the department. The course in computer science or the equivalent course is not part of the 36 minimum credit hours necessary for the M.A. in International Political Economics.

Comprehensive Examination

Students should complete all required courses (see Required Courses section, above) before the semester in which they will take the comprehensive examinations.Up to six credits may be earned in the semester when the student is taking the examination. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination demonstrating in two three-hour examinations mastery of (1) economics and (2) political aspects of international economics.

Courses Offered

Please consult the registrar's Web site at https://cardinalstation.cua.edu for descriptions of courses offered in the current semester.