Financial Reporting and Analysis

Many different types of economic decisions require accounting data, and one of its most important uses is informing outsiders of the economic status and progress of the firm. These reports follow a body of accounting methodology referred to as generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). In contrast, the management of the firm requires data that will aid in controlling operations and in evaluating the performance of subordinates.

The financial reporting and analysis major provides an invaluable base for future managerial responsibilities in a variety of industries and functions. Collecting and interpreting financial information is critical for strategic decision-making, and through your interaction with key stakeholders and departments, you will acquire sound general management skills and can expect to be quickly promoted into leadership positions in production and operations or marketing.

Major requirements

12.0 hours in total

3.0 hours in base courses

9.0 hours in additional AMIS electives

Course offerings

Base courses
  • AMIS 7200 - Corporate Financial Reporting I
  • AMIS 7220 - Financial Statement Analysis I
  • AMIS 7010 - Ethical Challenges in Accounting and Business
  • AMIS 7020 - Uncertainty, Diversification and Private Information
  • AMIS 7201 - Corporate Financial Reporting II
  • AMIS 7221 - Financial Statement Analysis II
  • AMIS 7230 - Accounting for M&A and Other Complex Transactions
  • AMIS 7240 - International Financial Reporting Standards
  • AMIS 7250 - Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
  • AMIS 7310 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • AMIS 7400 - Tax Planning for Managerial Decision Making I
  • AMIS 7410 - Tax Accounting II
  • AMIS 7420 - Tax Accounting III
  • AMIS 7430 - Tax and Business Strategy
  • AMIS 7500 - Auditing Principles and Procedures
  • AMIS 7510 - Assurance Services and Information Quality
  • AMIS 7520 - Fraud Examination: Misappropriation of Assets
  • AMIS 7530 - Fraud Examination: Fraudulent Financial Reporting
  • AMIS 7640 - Data Mining for Business Intelligence
  • AMIS 7784 - Research in Tax Accounting

NOTE: Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites as some courses may require prior accounting study.


Fisher College of Business MBA graduates have been hired as senior financial analysts and internal auditors; as associates to the treasurer’s group; in positions within the financial risk management services department of corporations; and as consultants in various roles (e.g., in tax, litigation or environmental accounting).

Here is a sample list of recruiters who have hired Fisher MBAs:
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Cap Gemini
  • Ernst & Young
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Nationwide
  • Crowe Chizek
  • Alliance Data Systems
  • Plante and Moran
  • Capital One
  • Financial Accounting Standards Board

Action-based learning

Fisher Teax Clinic video preview - press play to watch video
In addition to in-class learning, you can get involved in meaningful projects by volunteering at the annual Fisher Tax Clinic. Through the clinic, student volunteers provide income tax preparation to low-income families in Columbus, as part of Fisher’s strong commitment to giving back to the community.

In eight years, preparing tax returns the clinic has generated $3.5 million to the local economy in refunds and earned income tax credits.

Social Media

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    Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, co-author of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which overhauled federal oversight of public companies, spoke at Fisher

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