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Master of Business Administration with Accounting Concentration Online

The rigorous, AACSB-accredited MBA with Accounting Concentration online program at ESU offers you both a broad business management base and 9 credit hours of specialized accounting, plus an additional accounting elective course. Accounting-specific coursework is applicable to real-world situations and gives you the knowledge and tools to competently navigate within the areas of financial management and reporting, taxation, and auditing. Coursework can be applied to help meet the 150-hour requirement to sit the CPA Exam.


Explore the online Accounting MBA at Emporia State University

The Master of Business Administration with Accounting Concentration online at Emporia State University is your best asset in honing the leadership abilities, essential business knowledge, and advanced accounting expertise you need to move ahead in your accounting management career.

$11,979‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

33 Credit Hours

This AACSB-accredited MBA in accounting program, now delivered 100% online via accelerated 7-week courses, is taught by faculty with first-hand professional experience. Coursework can be applied toward the 150-hour requirement for the Uniform CPA Examination. Six starts per year and ESU's streamlined admission process, help you get started right away, and the program can be finished in as few as 12 months.

ESU's online accounting MBA is especially valuable if you are planning to both further your accounting career and manage financial professionals or corporate financial decision-making, as it offers a powerful combination of broad-based knowledge in business practice and more accounting concentration courses than most similar MBA programs (12-15 credit hours). Case study-driven coursework means you can apply what you learn immediately within your current position.

Required accounting courses give you the insights and relevant tools to competently navigate within areas of financial management and reporting. You will study advanced accounting, including accounting theory, advanced accounting issues, taxation implications for types of corporations and other fiduciary entities, and tax planning.

Core MBA coursework spans the fundamentals of managerial economics, marketing and financial management as well as the use of information systems and technology in quantitative analysis to inform dynamic decision-making. Our capstone course gives you the opportunity to apply your learnings in business policy and strategic management to achieve planned objectives.

Supplement your knowledge with electives that include Fraud Examination, Advanced Auditing, and Advanced Accounting Information Systems, Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting, among others.

As a graduate, you will be equipped with workplace-ready capabilities that prepare you to take on leadership roles in accounting such as Auditing Manager, Budget Analyst, Chief Financial Officer, Financial Manager, or Tax Manager.

In This Online Accounting MBA Program, You Will:

  • Gain an understanding of accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting
  • Learn to manage advanced accounting issues, including cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, cost management, capital investment, and inventory management
  • Complete an advanced study of taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited-liability entities, and fiduciaries
  • Hone your working knowledge of organizational behavior and managerial response
  • Learn to use information systems for managerial decision-making as well as understanding the use of complex technologies for organizational support
  • Study and apply the fundamentals of managerial economics and financial management
  • Integrate all aspects of your MBA program learnings and gain an understanding of the managerial role in policy formulation and strategic development

This Accelerated MBA Program Prepares You for Roles Such as:

  • Auditing Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Revenue Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Tax Manager
  • CPA


AACSB Accredited Online Programs
The Emporia State University School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).


Our Affordable Business Accounting Program Tuition Includes Fees

Emporia State University offers accessible and affordable online degree programs designed to advance your professional qualifications. Tuition for the MBA with Accounting Concentration online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$363 Per Credit Hour

$1,089 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$11,979‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Total Tuition

Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.



Dates You Need to Know

The MBA with Accounting Concentration program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day of Classes
Fall 2022, Session I August 22, 2022 August 08, 2022 August 11, 2022 August 15, 2022 August 18, 2022 October 07, 2022
Fall 2022, Session II October 17, 2022 October 03, 2022 October 06, 2022 October 10, 2022 October 13, 2022 December 08, 2022
Spring 2023, Session I January 17, 2023 January 03, 2023 January 06, 2023 January 10, 2023 January 13, 2023 March 06, 2023
Spring 2023, Session II March 20, 2023 March 06, 2023 March 09, 2023 March 13, 2023 March 16, 2023 May 05, 2023


Find Your Fit for Our AACSB-Accredited Online MBA in Accounting

To apply for the MBA in accounting concentration online, you must hold a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution, or a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution with a transcript showing completion of required accounting background courses.

MBA with Accounting Concentration Online Admission Requirements

  • All online students must complete an ID Verification form. It is strongly encouraged that students complete this form by the admissions document deadline and required no later than the first day of class. This form can be accessed directly through the Graduate Application Portal. Students that do not complete the form by the first day of class could potentially be dropped from all classes.
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution, or a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally-accredited (or equivalent) institution with a transcript showing completion of:
    • Intermediate Accounting I and II
    • Cost Accounting
    • Income Taxation
    • Auditing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 system) cumulative or in the last 60 semester hours of study
    • Coursework completed toward a master’s program may be included in the most recent 60 hours
    • Minimum GPA of 2.65 may be considered
  • Professional resume and cover letter
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

Applicants with a 2.65 to 2.99 GPA may be admitted if other factors point to likely success in the program. Some categories that will highlight potential for success include:

  • 2-4 years of work experience or study in a field that includes quantitative analysis
  • Cover letter that details how applicant will leverage past studies and experience to be successful in program

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign university/college must have a transcript evaluation from a recommended external source that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students will not be allowed to enroll until the evaluation has been received in the Graduate School.

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Take a look at the online Master of Business Administration - Accounting curriculum

The MBA with Accounting Concentration online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including 21 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of required accounting courses, and a 3 credit hour elective.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an extension of microeconomic analysis to enterprises in the private and public sectors of the economy. Major emphasis is placed on the application of statistics and economic theory to decision making in the firm. Background in economics (micro and macro) and in statistics, and graduate standing are required for this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions is a graduate course designed to introduce the student to quantitative approaches in business decision making. It includes decision analysis, regression analysis in forecasting, linear and integer programming, transportation, assignment and transshipment problems, project scheduling, inventory management, simulation, and multi-criteria decision problems. The software packages Management Scientist, Excel, and/or SAS/SPSS are used to solve quantitative business analysis problems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the management of information technology as it is practiced in organizations today. Traditional organizations are moving toward a more interconnected or networked business environment. A major focus will be understanding the role and use of complex technology in the support of individual, workgroup, enterprise, inter-enterprise, and international computing. A background in information technology is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An MBA-level course that examines the finance function of a firm from the viewpoint of the internal financial manager. The course emphasizes the conceptual and quantitative tools used to accomplish financial analysis, financial planning and control, management of working capital and long-term assets, determining cost of capital, and planning financial structures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Behavior of humans–individually, in groups, and in organizations–is examined for managerial aspects. Particular attention is paid to the effects caused by diversity, reorganization, and current environmental conditions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the graduate student with an understanding of the managerial role in formulating, developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies to attain business objectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The tasks of marketing are reviewed and analyzed within the context of a cross-functional and a marketing-oriented organization. Emphasis is placed on the dynamic environment of the organization and marketing with the intent to recognize, understand, and integrate changes into the marketing process. Students are required to engage in critical thinking and expository writing.

You must take one of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course features advanced study of taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited-liability entities, and fiduciaries including the tax implications of forming, operating and dissolving such entities. Advanced topics such as financial tax accounting concepts, employee compensation, related party transactions and tax planning are also included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with advanced management accounting issues. Topics covered include: cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, strategic cost management, activity-based management, the Balanced Scorecard, quality cost management, environmental cost management, capital investment, inventory management and ethical control.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the conceptual basis of generally accepted accounting principles within the context of policy settings and the economics of financial-reporting regulation. The course will discuss the theoretical rationale for the treatment of elements of the financial statements.

You must take three of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the federal tax law as it applies to the taxation of corporations, subchapter S corporations, limited-liability companies, and partnerships. Tax issues associated with formation, operation, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, reorganizations and selected special topics are included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to accounting and reporting standards for local governmental units and not-for-profit entities. Entities to be covered include municipal and state governments and various non-profit organizations. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles for governmental and not-for-profit entities. Students should develop an understanding of the basic concepts of fund accounting, be able to contrast accounting concepts of governmental and non-profit organizations with that of for-profit organizations, and have a basic knowledge of state and local government financial reporting requirements. In addition, students should have a basic awareness of the different requirements for local governments in Kansas.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of concepts of fraud examination and forensic accounting-related fraud, asset theft and financial statement misstatements. Topics covered include the nature of fraud, fraud prevention, detection methods, investigation procedure and types of fraud.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of how an external audit is performed by a team of auditors. This includes the documentation, testing and evaluation of internal controls, and the design and implementation of corroborative substantive tests. In addition to external auditing, other topics include governmental, internal and operational auditing as well as issues of current interest in the auditing literature.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course seeks to examine the linkages between information systems and accounting and to prepare students to be trusted business advisors. The course provides an overview of how to understand, analyze and control computerized information systems.


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