The basic purpose of accounting is to provide relevant information to management, investors, creditors, government and sometimes the general public. Accounting is an indispensable to running a business. Accountants to participate in planning, analyzing and steering the activities of forms and individuals; providing tax advice and preparation services; and preparing statistics for private and government surveys.
Please Note:Students admitted to the MBA program starting the Fall 2014 semester or after are required to have a BBA degree with an Accounting concentration from an AACSB accredited business school. Students that do not have this background should select a different MBA concentration or pursue a Master of Accountancy degree in the Professional Track.
Careers in Accounting
For an overview of careers in accounting, including average yearly salaries and sample occupations, please review the Careers in Accounting handout. For additional questions and career guidance, please consult Anderson Career Services.
Accounting Concentration Checklists
Download the checklist for MBA students that is appropriate for you based on your start semester. Please use this worksheet as a guide to satisfy your graduation requirements. Check off the courses as you complete them to keep track of your progress.
- Checklist (For Students Admitted Fall 2014 or After)
- Checklist (For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2014)
Questions regarding concentration requirements should be addressed with your MBA advisor or with the Accounting Faculty Concentration Advisor.
Accounting and Information Assurance
Students can pursue an Accounting concentration and combine it with a concentration in Information Assurance (IA). Because of overlapping course requirements, students pursuing an Accounting or MIS concentration can typically complete a second concentration in IA with two or three additional courses. Students intending to pursue a dual concentration need to plan their studies in advance and coordinate the plan with both concentration advisors.
Visit the Information Assurance website for more information about the concentration or contact:
Accounting Faculty Concentration Advisors
- Matt Pickard
- Assistant Professor
- Phone: (505) 277-3631
- Office: GSM 305
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- Bio: Matthew D. Pickard is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems. He holds an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University. His research leverages embodied conversational agents (i.e., virtual humans) to maximize voluntary self-disclosure and change attitudes and behaviors. He seeks to apply his research to contexts such as auditing and fraud investigations.
In his personal life, Matt is first and foremost a family man. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, woodworking, and beekeeping.
Department Contact Information
The Accounting Concentration falls within the Accounting Department. For more information on this department, including contact information for the department chair, please visit the Accounting Department Website.