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

The ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Accounting degree aims to help students acquire 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 accounting degree curriculum, students are immersed in accounting for managers, accounting information systems, leadership and ethics for managers and public & not-for-profit accounting.

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

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 audit.

  • Next Start Date

    October 5th, 2015

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of the MBA with a specialization in Accounting can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

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    • 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.
    • 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.

    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.
    The business administration degree programs at AIU are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • This specialized curriculum can help you acquire a global perspective concerning economics and financial management and the ability to approach management strategically, including developing plans to improve business operations.

    This real-world specialization offers the opportunity for in-depth study, with half of your courses in your field of interest. It can help you develop an advanced, industry-specific knowledge base common to accounting professionals. For example:

    • In Accounting for Managers, students can 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.
    • In Accounting Information Systems, students can develop their 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.
    • In Public & Not-For-Profit Accounting, students can study 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.
    • In Leadership and Ethics for Managers, students can explore interactions between leaders, followers, and situations. The course involves the consideration of opportunities and ethical challenges of leadership.


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • Students who complete coursework in the Accounting specialization program can expect an industry-focused graduate degree that not only reinforces the fundamentals of accounting, but also prepares students for advancement and management positions in the industry.

    In addition to gaining an in-depth view of the accounting system and exposure to the sub fields of advanced economics, cost accounting, public and private accounting, business law and audit, students will also engage in projects and assignments aimed at growing the leadership, communication and organization skills necessary to be a successful manager or executive at an accounting firm.

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