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Master of Business Administration (Accounting)

Master of Business Administration (Accounting)

Deepen your understanding of accounting and learn how to measure organizational economic success with a graduate degree that will empower you to advance your career in business.

The Master of Business Administration (Accounting) at Excelsior College is specifically designed for adults who want to earn their MBA online while they continue to meet their job responsibilities and support their families.

Advance Your Business Career in Accounting

Excelsior's convenient, fully online MBA program lets you complete your degree by taking 8 or 15-week online accounting courses in financial statement analysis, corporate financial reporting and disclosure, government and not-for-profit organization accounting, along with business knowledge of the MBA.

  • The program provides the background to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.
  • You'll be ready to be promoted and take on accounting leadership roles with expertise in:
    • Preparing financial reports and disclosures
    • Financial statement analysis
    • Analyzing potential investment opportunities
    • Current issues in corporate, government, and non-profit reporting

Earn Your MBA Degree in Less Time, for Less Money

This online MBA program will help you spend less time and money as you earn your degree from an accredited college that's been a leader in distance learning since 1971. You'll enjoy:

  • Generous credit-transfer and credit-waiver policies that let you build on your existing knowledge and earn your MBA more quickly.
  • A cutting-edge academic program designed by world-renowned business educators.
  • Personalized academic support from advisors who know you by name.
  • Outstanding faculty from some of the country's top business schools.
  • Affordable tuition and fees competitive with public institutions, along with flexible-payment options, financial aid, and other forms of support.

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MBA Program Outcomes

MBA Degree Credit Requirements

The MBA requires 36 - 45 credits, depending on a student's prior learning. Students may transfer in up to 24 approved credits. The program has 3 foundation requirements that can be waived on the basis of prior upper level undergraduate study in the relevant areas. Approved undergraduate courses must be no older than 10 years, with a grade of B or better. The foundation requirements are:

  • Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Quantitative Analysis

Any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer. See catalog for further details.

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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration, you will be able to:

Theme #1: Professional Skills

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management and strategic level decisions

Theme #2: Value Based Leadership for the Future

  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one's knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.

Theme #3: Inspiring and Sustaining Innovation

  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of colleagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.

Theme #4: Global Competitive Advantage

  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.

Theme #5: Strategic Planning for Profitability

  • Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including times of economic recession.

Program Educational Objectives

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration, you will be able to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of solutions for complex business problems.
  • Engage in life-long learning for professional, career, and personal development.
  • Lead and work effectively and efficiently in diverse team settings and maintain a high level of performance in a professional business environment.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to various audiences in a timely and professional manner. 
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, leadership, mentoring skills, and management in your chosen career.

MBA Accounting Concentration Outcomes

Accounting Concentration Outcomes

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, you will be able to:

  • Apply advanced financial accounting knowledge to corporations, government, and nonprofits.
  • Prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports.

Catalog: Business and Technology

Catalogs and Journal of Business and Technology


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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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The School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review the list of Excelsior business programs and degrees accredited by the IACBE.