MBA: Accounting

MBA: Accounting Master of Business Administration, Accounting Concentration

About the MBA: Accounting Degree

Build your career by the numbers with an MBA in accounting from California University of Pennsylvania.

Choose accounting as the focus of your Master of Business Administration degree, and you can:

  • Expand your knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Build the technical, research and communication skills required for success in accounting.
  • Prepare for a career as an accountant, budget analyst, tax specialist or auditor.

Cal U’s MBA program incorporates cross-disciplinary core courses that enhance your foundational business knowledge and build decision-making and leadership skills. Specialized courses offer advanced education in areas such as auditing, federal income tax and financial accounting, and electives let you to tailor your degree to match your career interests and goals.

If you intend to sit for the CPA exam and become a certified public accountant, please consider our Master of Accountancy program. 

Flexible options

Cal U’s 36-credit MBA: Accounting program includes a mix of online and on-campus courses.

  • Online courses are asynchronous, so you have access to learning at any time, no matter where you may be.
  • You may attend on-campus courses in person or virtually, through multimodal web conferencing technology. This “distance learning” option gives you the flexibility to fit classes into your busy schedule or complete your degree entirely online.

You can earn the MBA: Accounting degree in 15 months of full-time study, or on a part-time schedule.

Program Highlights: MBA in Accounting

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS: As an accounting student in Cal U’s MBA program, you’ll work closely with industry professionals to develop the technical and research skills that employers value. You’ll learn to use accounting-specific tools such as the FASB Accounting Standards Codification® software and various tax research databases – hands-on skills that may give you a competitive edge in the job market.

CAREER OUTLOOK: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “globalization, a growing economy and a complex tax and regulatory environment” are driving a strong demand for accountants and auditors. Technology may take over some routine accounting functions in the coming years, the BLS reports, but accountants will continue to be valued for their advisory and analytical skills.

MBA VS. M.ACC: What is the difference between an MBA in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree? While both programs focus on accounting, the MBA instills a broader range of business and leadership skills, while the specialized M.Acc. concentrates on accounting principles and practices, and on preparing for the exam required to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Learn more about applying

$70,500 
Median wage for accountants and auditors in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
6%
Projected job growth for accountants and auditors between 2018 and 2028, greater than the average for all jobs.
Degree icon.

Degree Benefits

Cal U’s MBA degree and its accounting concentration provide the skills needed to maintain accurate and well-organized financial records; examine financial statements for accuracy and legal/regulatory compliance; compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns for corporations, organizations and other entities; and suggest strategies for managing financial risk, reducing costs, increasing revenues and enhancing profits. The program also builds skills in quantitative reasoning and analysis, managerial decision-making and business leadership.

 
Cap icon.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this graduate-level accounting program are prepared for careers as staff or corporate accountants, accounting clerks, specialists in accounts payable/receivable, budget analysts or financial analysts. The program’s focus on developing leadership skills and a cross-disciplinary perspective positions graduates to move ahead in their accounting or auditing careers.

 

MBA: Accounting Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

Curriculum

Course Credits
Core Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
   
Course Options (Specialized Courses)  
ACC 710  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 715  Advanced Federal Income Tax 3
ACC 720  Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACC 730  Advanced Auditing 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
   
Total 36
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or foundation courses, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiencies in Foundation Courses

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

 Foundation Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following foundation courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Principles of Microeconomics or Elements of Economics
    • Business Statistics or Statistics
    • College Algebra (if applicable based on SAT/ACT or Placement Testing scores)
  • To satisfy your outstanding foundation course requirements you may take the courses with Cal U, take the equivalent course at another accredited school, or take the equivalent course with Peregrine Academics.   

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu 
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Related Programs

Other MBA Concentrations:

  • Applied economics: Learn to apply economic theory and analysis skills to address issues in business, public policy and behavioral analysis.
  • Business analytics: Explore trends in information technology and transform data into meaningful tools that drive business strategies.
  • Healthcare management: Develop tools and skills pertinent to business careers within a variety of healthcare settings.
  • ManagementEnhance personal leadership competencies and build skills that can be used to solve problems and generate results.

Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor

adam@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

akgun@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

chawdhry_a@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

chicarelli@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Paul Hettler
Professor

hettler@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

jones_e@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

larosa@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

lennon@calu.edu

View profile
Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

matecki@calu.edu

View profile