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Accounting

The Accounting area offers broad exposure to accounting theory, practice, and research. Accounting can touch all parts of an organization and Accounting courses help prepare students to make better managerial and financial decisions. The Merage School offers Accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration includes basic courses in financial and managerial accounting as well as Accounting electives, and students can obtain an Emphasis in Accounting. The School also offers an Accounting Minor degree to undergraduates from across campus. The Merage School’s MBA programs include the core course in Financial Accounting, which reflects the School’s digitally-driven focus, as well as elective courses. The School also offers the Master in Professional Accountancy (MPAc) degree that comprises a wide range of graduate Accounting courses. Students primarily interested in careers in professional Accounting will find the MPAc to be an attractive avenue of study, while MBAs interested in Accounting or Finance careers can enhance their knowledge and skill sets by structuring their studies to include Accounting electives offered in the MBA and/or MPAc programs. Our PhD program is distinguished by the individual attention and high level training devoted to each student by our faculty. Merage School Accounting instructors include full-time tenure-track faculty, continuing lecturers, and adjunct lecturers from practice. Accounting faculty members are highly committed to the pursuit of excellence in their teaching and research activities, and to maintaining strong interactions among faculty and students.

Faculty

Max Chao

Max Chao
Senior Continuing Lecturer

Elizabeth Chuk

Elizabeth Chuk
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Financial reporting, Consequences of accounting standards, Defined benefit pensions, Earnings management

Joanna Ho

Joanna Ho
Professor
Research Interests: Corporate governance, Corporate social responsibility, Performance evaluations and compensation systems, Improving firm performance with technology, International accounting and management practices

Chuchu Liang

Chuchu Liang
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Intangibles, Financial reporting and disclosures

Ben Lourie

Ben Lourie
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Financial Analysts, Market Efficiency, Financial Accounting, Earnings Management

Radhika Lunawat

Radhika Lunawat
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Fair Value Accounting, Role of Higher-Order Beliefs in Financial Markets, Trust and Reputation Building in Financial Reporting and Disclosure

Mort Pincus

Mort Pincus
Dean’s Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Relation between accounting information and capital market variables, including the pricing of accruals in international capital markets, Earnings Management, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Earnings Management, Usefulness of book-tax differences in detecting earnings management, Accounting method choice

Devin M. Shanthikumar

Devin M. Shanthikumar
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Financial Accounting. Behavioral Finance, Investor Behavior, Financial Intermediaries, Product Development, Innovation

Terry Shevlin

Terry Shevlin
Professor Emeritus of Accounting, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth, Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs
Research Interests: Effect of Taxes on Business Decisions and Asset Prices, Capital Markets-Based Accounting Research, Earnings Management, Employee Stock Options, Research Design, Statistical Significance Testing Issues

Patricia Wellmeyer

Patricia Wellmeyer
Associate Professor of Teaching Accounting and Program Director, MPAc
Research Interests: Auditor Judgments, Audit and Financial Reporting Quality, IFRS/GAAP Convergence Issues, GAAP and Non-GAAP Reporting Issues

Chenqi Zhu

Chenqi Zhu
Assistant Professor of Accounting

 

Coursework

Undergraduate business classes may be found through the UCI course catalogue.