Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree with a Specialization in Accounting

Online MBA in Accounting

Changing regulations, more audits, and tax code updates are just a few reasons accounting managers should consider looking beyond the balance sheet and start providing strategic leadership. Examine how to use financial data, economics and management techniques to help drive success across all business operations with an online MBA in Accounting.

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January 16, 2019

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Online MBA in Accounting Program Details

Online MBA Accounting Program Outline

AIU® offers an industry-relevant Online MBA Accounting Degree program 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.

Our online MBA Accounting program 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.

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MBA Accounting Program Courses

Degree Requirements

Business Core
FIN630 Global Financial Management 6
MGT600 Business Research for Decision Making 6
MKT640 A Managerial Approach to Marketing 6
MGT680 Strategic Management 6
Total Credit Hours: 24
ACG610 Accounting for Managers 6
ACG630 Accounting Information Systems 6
ACG675 Public and Not-for-Profit Accounting 6
MGT615 Leadership and Ethics for Managers 6

Total Credit Hours : 48

AIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

MBA Accounting Program Classes Overview

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 an Online MBA Accounting Degree, 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.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree with a Specialization in Accounting

Move forward with AIU's One Year Online MBA Accounting program. Designed with 24/7 flexibility or busy professionals, this accredited One Year Online MBA Accounting 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 One Year Online MBA Accounting program lets you study 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


This business program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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