Track for PPA Students

Entrepreneurial Themes for PPA Students

The Professional Program in Accounting, a five year integrated program offered by the department of accounting, offers students the opportunity to become a highly skilled professional, ready to compete, succeed and lead in today’s high-technology, global and competitive environment.


The Entrepreneurial Leadership track provides students with the skills vital to an individual’s efforts to act entrepreneurially, either within an existing organization or when launching a new venture. Graduates of this track will have developed an entrepreneurial mindset which will provide opportunities with international accounting firms, corporations and financial institutions.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership track has 2 options that will either lead to your MS degree in Accounting or Management:

1. The Entrepreneurial track with a focus on audit or tax leads to the MS-Accounting Degree. It consists of four sequenced three hour classes that are designed and offered beginning in the students senior fall semester completing in the students spring graduate year. Choose 4 of the courses listed below:

MGMT 632 Technology Commercialization

MGMT 637 Foundations of Entrepreneurship

MGMT 638 Strategic Entrepreneurship

MGMT 640 Creativity and Innovation

MGMT 675 Leadership Development

FINC 644 Funding New Ventures

2. The Entrepreneurial track that leads to the MS-Management Entrepreneurial Leadership Degree consists of the same classes noted above, plus three more that are critical for the students’ success in Entrepreneurial Leadership. The required courses are:

MGMT 639 Negotiations in Competitive Environment

MGMT 675 Leadership Development

And 1 choice from the list below

MGMT 620 Strategic Human Resource Management

MGMT 633 Organizational Change and Development

MGMT 658 Managing Projects

FINC 644 Funding New Ventures

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This track is a part of the existing MS in Accounting. It is designed to develop the competencies needed to successfully create and manage new ventures or to be a driver of innovation within an existing enterprise. Emphasis is placed on leadership in three areas: conceiving, exploiting, and managing opportunities. Graduates of this track are provided with the tools to plan for new business start-ups or to become corporate entrepreneurs capable of improving their organization’s ability to innovate.

Theme 1: Conceiving opportunities

MGMT 640 – Managing Creativity and Innovation
This course examines factors that may foster or stifle individual, team or organizational creative performance. The course also presents techniques designed to improve the student’s creative thinking skills.

Theme 2: Exploiting opportunities

MGMT 637– Foundations of Entrepreneurship
This course addresses: (1) the process of launching a new venture; (2) the process by which opportunities can be discovered and selected; (3) the attributes of entrepreneurs and new venture teams; (4) the process of developing a business plan, including the related resource requirements; and (5) core entrepreneurial strategies; including business-level, organizational design, marketing, and financial. The course generally strives to develop the competencies, concepts, and operational tools that are relevant to creating and implementing new ventures.

MGMT 632 – Technology Commercialization
This course focuses on technology, the process of evaluating the viability of raw technology, and the process of converting the raw technology into commercially viable products and services. Additionally, the course includes a module on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program. The course generally strives to develop the competencies and skills needed to evaluate the commercial viability of technology, and to bring viable technologies to commercial success.

Theme 3: Managing opportunities

MGMT 638 – Strategic Entrepreneurship
This course is about entrepreneurship involving the establishment and management of new ventures by corporations or independent new venture teams. Firms create value by identifying opportunities in their external environment and then developing a competitive advantage to exploit them. Strategic entrepreneurship involves simultaneous opportunity seeking and advantage seeking behaviors. The course describes opportunity seeking, advantage seeking and the balance between these two that is critical for organizational success. The course examines the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and culture, managing resources strategically, developing and exploiting innovation, along with a number of other important topics (e.g., international entrepreneurship).


The MS in Management Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum is designed to develop the competencies needed to successfully create and manage new ventures or to be a driver of innovation within existing enterprises. Emphasis is placed on leadership in three areas: conceiving, exploiting, and managing opportunities. Graduates of this program are provided with the tools to plan for new business start-ups, become leaders in high growth firms, or to become corporate intrapreneurs capable of improving an organization’s ability to innovate. The program outlined here is offered only for those enrolled in the Professional Program (PPA) through the Department of Accounting.

Requirements include the same four courses included in the Entrepreneurship Leadership track in the Accounting Professional Program plus the following:

MGMT 675 – Leadership in Organizations
Review of research on procedures, styles and methods of leadership, supervision, management and administration; all aspects of leader role behavior, both in practice and in research; areas in need of further research. May be repeated for up to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

MGMT 639 – Negotiations in Competitive Environments
Understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multi-party negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions, dispute resolution, development of negotiation strategy and management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Choose one of the following:

MGMT 633 – Organizational Change and Development
Organizational change theory, processes and models; the role of change agents; organizational diagnosis and intervention; culture, process, strategy, structure and technology changes in organizations; evaluation research on organizational change; problems and issues in organizational change. Prerequisite: MGMT 630 or equivalent.

MGMT 620 – Strategic Human Resource Management
Survey of human resource management from a strategic perspective. Formulation and implementation of human resource strategy addressed for areas including: planning, recruitment, selection, placement, training, development, appraisal, compensation, labor relations, international human resource issues and legal compliance and ethical

MGMT 658 – Managing Projects
Application of management processes to complex interdisciplinary organizational environments through the study of program and project management; adoptions of traditional management theories to the project environment; master typical project management microcomputer software for project planning; resource allocation; project budgeting; and control of project cost, schedule and performance. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

FINC 644 – Funding New Ventures

This course provides the students with a general financial understanding of small business and entrepreneurship. The central focus will be on the financing of entrepreneurial ventures. Additionally, the course will address the types of financing strategies used at different stages of the venture.