UCLA Anderson accounting faculty rank among the best in the world, and are highly regarded for their groundbreaking work. Their theoretical and empirical research have far-reaching and profound implications for stock markets, the public and private sectors, and the American and global economies. Examples include but are not limited to: insights into trading strategies based on analysts’ recommendations; rethinking employee involvement in defined contribution plans; and how information asymmetry affects stock prices in large markets like the U.S. For students with an interest in accounting, we offer an undergraduate minor, a number of MBA accounting electives and a Ph.D. in accounting.

Accounting Minor
Fluency in the language of accounting is an advantage in any industry. Our undergraduate minor in accounting instills a comprehensive understanding on a range of topics - from financial and managerial accounting and taxation to financial statement analysis. The minor readies students for the CPA exam and provides excellent preparation for graduate programs in accounting, business and law. Our students are frequently placed with top accounting firms.

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MBA Electives in Accounting
Our electives in accounting offer Anderson MBA students a deeper dive into the field with electives designed to equip students with the accounting fundamentals that are crucial to success in all industries. These courses are particularly useful to those working in investments, corporate finance, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, and forecasting and analysis. Topics covered include understanding the often complex information provided in financial statement notes, using financial data for valuation, budgeting and forecasting, the role of taxes in financial and strategic decisions, identifying the "soft spots" in financial statements where management has latitude over what is reported, management's incentives to manage earnings, and the impact of the increasing utilization of "fair value" accounting.

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Ph.D. in Accounting
The UCLA Ph.D. in accounting readies students to conduct research and teach at top research universities. We prepare candidates through rigorous coursework in the areas of economics, statistics, econometrics, accounting and finance. A hallmark of our Ph.D. Program is the close mentorship between our faculty and each Ph.D. candidate. Many of our Ph.D. students are placed at some of the country's top universities. Recent placements include Yale, Northwestern and UC Berkeley.

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