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Financial Reporting I

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Managerial Accounting and Corporate Control

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Taxes and Decision Making

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Program overview

Accountants with deep financial expertise, business acumen, real-world experience, decision-making ability, and effective communication skills are vital to businesses of all sizes and have tremendous career opportunities. This MicroMasters® program in Accounting is designed for smart, hardworking students with integrity and passion who want to substantially enhance their understanding of accounting. The program curriculum includes courses in the three most fundamental areas of accounting: financial accounting, managerial accounting, and income taxes. Learn from world-renowned, award-winning accounting faculty at the top-ranked Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The MicroMasters program will introduce you to the following key areas in the accounting profession:

Financial Reporting I – How do firms measure and report financial position and financial performance in a set of financial statements?
Managerial Accounting and Corporate Control – How do firms make critical strategic decisions using accounting information?
Taxes and Decision Making – How do income taxes impact firms, their strategies, capital structure, and after-tax profits?
The three graduate-level courses in the MicroMasters program represent 30% of the coursework in the online Master of Science in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offered on the edX platform.

The online Master of Science in Accounting program is designed for individuals who want to transition to an accounting career and for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of accounting’s role in investing, banking, and corporate management. The Kelley School of Business is currently ranked #7 for graduate accounting programs by Public Accounting Report.

Completing this MicroMasters program in accounting can strengthen your application to the online Master of Science in Accounting program, as well as advance your career.

What you will learn

  • What information do firms measure and report in a wide array of transactions, events, and arrangements in balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows?
  • What are key elements of financial reporting, such as revenues, expenses, gains and losses, net income, assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity?
  • How do firms develop and use key internal information such as product costs, cost allocations, customer profitability, budgets, and planning to execute and control firm strategy?
  • How do income taxes impact firms? How do firms measure and report taxable income and taxes payable? And how do firms strategically plan for and manage the impact of taxes on profitability?
  • Accounting standards, including U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Program Class List

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Financial Reporting I

Course Details
Earn a strong foundation in financial reporting concepts and methods, and use your skills to prepare and analyze financial statements.

2
Managerial Accounting and Corporate Control

Course Details
How do managers use internal accounting data to make decisions? In this course, you’ll discover how to prepare an analyze accounting information to make complex business decisions.

3
Taxes and Decision Making

Course Details
How do you reduce a company or individual's taxes while complying with tax laws? Designed for accounting students, this course focuses on understanding the legal, conceptual, and integrative aspects of U.S. federal income taxation.

Meet Your Instructors

Ken Merkley

Ken Merkley

Associate Professor of Accounting at Indiana University
Ken Merkley is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Accounting Department at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research focuses on the role of information in capital markets. He specializes in examining corporate financial communication decisions and the influence of external capital market participants, such as investors, financial analysts, auditors, and lawyers. He serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and referees for top journals in accounting and finance. Prior to joining Kelley, he served on the faculty of Cornell University, where he was a distinguished teacher and researcher at the Johnson Graduate School of Business. He received the Barry and Ann Riding Fellowship and the Half Century Faculty Research award. In 2014, he was named by Poets & Quants as one of the Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and received his Master of Accountancy (MAcc) from Brigham Young University.
Brian P. Miller

Brian P. Miller

Associate Professor of Accounting at Indiana University
Brian P. Miller is the PwC Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught for more than 15 years at a number of universities. Professor Miller’s teaching interests focus on financial and managerial accounting an emphasis on decision making, where he is able to combine his practical experience with his research interests.He has taught a variety of MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD programs. In addition to more traditional classroom learning environments, he has had the opportunity to lead groups of MBA students to Guatemala, where students can apply the skills they learn in the classroom to consulting projects. He has received numerous teaching awards during his career. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked at public accounting and as a finance manager at Procter & Gamble. In particular, he served as a financial analyst in fabric care, a cost analyst in the company’s new business development group, and as a cost forecaster for a several billion dollar segment of the company. During his time at Procter & Gamble he was awarded the Outstanding Achievements in Fabric Care in Finance and Accounting. His research is focused on measuring managerial talent, management disclosure decisions, and the penalties managers pay for misreporting. His work has been published in several prestigious journals including The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, and The Review of Accounting Studies. He serves as an Associate Editor at Management Science and on the editorial boards at several other prestigious journals. He is also the recipient of the awarded American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award. In his free time, Brian loves spending time with his wife and kids, traveling, and competing in triathlons.
Greg Geisler

Greg Geisler

Clinical Professor of Accounting at Indiana University
Greg Geisler, PhD, CPA is a Clinical Professor of Accounting at Indiana University (Bloomington), where he teaches income tax courses. At his former institution, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Greg won the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Both are awarded to only one UMSL professor per year. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Before entering academia full-time, he was a practicing CPA working in public accounting for 5 years.

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Duration

9 months

Learning Partner

Indiana University
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