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Program Outline

AIU® offers an industry-relevant MBA program with an in-depth specialization in Accounting that enables holders of a baccalaureate degree to acquire advanced knowledge and learn skills in the field.

The ACBSP-accredited MBA with a specialization in Accounting aims to help students gain a global perspective concerning economics and financial management and the ability to approach management strategically, including developing plans to improve business operations. In this industry-focused MBA curriculum, students are immersed in accounting for managers, accounting information systems, leadership and ethics for managers, and public and not-for-profit accounting.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Adapt and innovate to solve problems.
  • Analyze various leader, follower, cultural and situational characteristics that contribute to leadership, and adapt to the needs of situations, employees and co-workers.
  • Apply quantitative reasoning and analysis to business and management problems using knowledge of mathematics, statistics, finance and economics
  • Develop plans to improve business operations.
  • Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to business cases and evaluate the quality of research presented based on these principles.
  • Use knowledge of economic concepts, principles and theory to critically analyze and evaluate economic problems and opportunities.
  • Utilize principles of quantitative and qualitative research to business cases and evaluate the quality of research presented based on these principles
  • Use critical thinking skills, including deriving the issue, understanding argument reasoning and developing conclusions.
  • Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses
  • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts
  • Communicate effectively in business situations.


Business Core

FIN 630Global Financial Management


MGT 600Business Research for Decision Making


MKT 640A Managerial Approach to Marketing


MGT 680Strategic Management


Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 48



ACG 610Accounting for Managers


ACG 630Accounting Information Systems


ACG 675Public and Not-for-Profit Accounting


MGT 615Leadership and Ethics for Managers


Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools.

By studying advanced topics in accounting to complete the specialization requirements, you have an opportunity to gain an in-depth view of the accounting system and exposure to the subfields of advanced economics, cost accounting, public and not-for-profit accounting, business law, and auditing. For a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, your classes may include:

Accounting for Managers

This course is designed to allow students to develop the ability to use cost and financial data in the planning, management, and controlling functions of an organization. Students focus on the budget process, utilization of internal and external data for control and performance analysis, and the allocation of resources to achieve corporate objectives.

Accounting Information Systems

The course covers the development and application of accounting information system, including analysis, design, control concepts, and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon developing abilities to understand the processing of accounting data in the computer environment and the controls that are necessary to assure accuracy and reliability of the data processed by the accounting system.

Public and Not-for-Profit Accounting

This course is an introduction to the theory and application of authoritative guidance, rules and regulations that govern governmental and not-for-profit entities such as colleges, universities, hospitals, and associations. This course emphasizes the similarities and differences between government, not-for-profit and commercial accounting methods and procedures./p>

Leadership and Ethics for Managers

In this course, students explore the interaction between leaders, followers, and situations. The course involves the consideration of opportunities and ethical challenges of leadership.

Global Financial Management

Within the context of the multinational firm, this course examines the development of policy, financing options for international business and the making of standard financial management decisions.

Strategic Management

The development and implementation by the global enterprise of integrated business strategies and policies is the focus of this applied course. Course contents include the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the corporate resources, products, and assets. Advanced research is an integral component of this course.

Business Research for Decision Making

In this course, the student will explore decision making from a managerial viewpoint and examine the role of decision making in dealing with employees, formulating strategy, and negotiating. This course requires students to understand, apply, and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to business studies and analysis.

A Managerial Approach to Marketing

This course focuses on the application of marketing concepts in a global organization. Students will examine international channel distribution as well as promotional, pricing, and product strategies.

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Course content subject to change.

Career Paths

Accounting-related careers are found in a variety of industries, from entertainment and sports to education and government. According the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs as auditors and accountants are expected to increase by as much as 11% through the year 2024—faster than the national average.1

An MBA in Accounting can help prepare business professionals for leadership positions and more advanced roles in the field—and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.2 There are a variety of specializations within the accounting profession including:

Public Accounting

Completing a broad range of accounting tasks for clients, which may include companies or individuals. Tasks may include examining financial records for accuracy, preparing tax documentation, maintaining financial records, and making recommendations to reduce cost, increase revenue, and improve profits.

Management Accounting

Completing many of the same day-to-day tasks that fall under public accounting, but working within a company to record, examine and analyze the financial information for that specific organization.

Government Accounting

Ensuring that the financial activities conducted by government agencies or private businesses regulated by federal, state, or local government are in line with regulations and taxation.

Internal Auditing

Conducting official examinations of organizations’ financial practices to help eliminate waste, reduce fraud, and identify any possible mismanagement of funds.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at (visited July 01, 2016).


Related Degrees

Still not sure which specialization is right for you? Consider the specializations below:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Finance

Set yourself apart as a business leader in finance or any industry. With an MBA in Finance you can also acquire an in-depth understanding of financial decision-making, forecasting, capital budgeting and project risk management.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in International Business

Explore a world of business opportunities with a graduate degree specialization in International Business. You can learn to manage both international and multinational organizations, expand trade across borders and understand how to market to global audiences.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Management

Develop the advanced business skills you need to become a strong business leader in any industry. AIU’s 11-month MBA is customized for you with AIU’s intellipath™ adaptive learning technology, so you can skip over what you already know and get down to business.


AIU’s business administration degree programs with all their specializations are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).Learn More

The ACBSP accreditation means that AIU’s business administration programs meet the rigorous standards of this leading accreditation association. It helps ensure that what we teach is industry-current and industry-relevant in today’s business environment and can make your education meaningful in the marketplace.

12-Month MBA

Move forward with AIU’s 12-month online MBA program. Designed with 24/7 flexibility for busy professionals, this accredited MBA program can be completed in less than 12 months. That means you can pursue your degree and still balance a full-time career and busy life. Our 12-month online MBA program lets you learn anywhere, anytime with a wide range of practical and accessible support tools:

  • Intellipath™ - This personalized learning platform helps support student success by allowing you to skip what you already know and get support where you need it most. You can also retake tests to improve your overall grade
  • Technical Support – AIU offers 24/7 support, whether it’s by phone, email or live chat
  • AIU Online Library – Our library provides access to carefully selected articles, books and websites that can help you get the answers. Also, research guides and tutorials, APA resources, even a staff of professional librarians to assist you

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Classes Start November 21, 2016