Online MBA in Accounting

Learn more about obtaining an online MBA in accounting from an accredited college or university. Find information on courses, program prerequisites, concentration areas, and career information. View popular schools that offer MBA’s in accounting.

Program Overview

An online MBA in accounting may prepare students for employment in upper-level positions in finance and accounting. These one to two-year programs may include advanced business coursework alongside major-specific accounting courses. These courses may provide students with the opportunity to examine financial accounting theories and practices. Additionally, students may learn about the decision-making processes pertinent to accounting controls. Students may also study value creation, global economics, and organizational strategy. Popular online MBA accounting classes may include the following:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics and Regulatory Issues
  • External Auditing
  • Budgeting
  • Professional Research for Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Forensic Accounting

Program Prerequisites

Prior to admission, students may need to satisfy several prerequisites. Applicants may be required to hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum graduating GPA (varies by school). Students may also be required to submit an application packet and pay applicable fees.


Online MBA accounting programs may offer students the opportunity to focus in a specific concentration, including forensic accounting, corporate accounting, auditing, and managerial accounting. Other areas of concentration may include international accounting, taxation, and accounting information systems. In these focus areas, students may learn how to audit financial reports, measure and manage quality costs, and conduct fraud examinations. They may also examine foreign currency transactions, complex corporate taxation, and real estate accounting.

Career Options

Graduates of an online MBA in accounting may pursue employment opportunities in management, financial services, consulting, government agencies, and healthcare. Individuals may choose to work in corporations, healthcare facilities, accounting firms, and small businesses. They may pursue a career as an accountant, independent auditor, controller, purchasing manager, or forensic accountant.

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