What Is an MBA in Accounting?
An MBA in Accounting is a graduate degree program that combines core business administration courses with specialization courses in accounting. Students immerse themselves in the financial practices and principles that underpin business stability. Economics, marketing, financial reporting practices and bookkeeping are covered in this broad degree program. Students benefit from stimulating discussions with peers and fully qualified faculty members who are experts in their field.
The accounting MBA program at GCU is offered by the Colangelo College of Business. At GCU, we believe business can affect the greater good of the local community and beyond. Here are three key ways this can happen:
- Business as a force for good
Do business the right way. Keep a focus on conscious capitalism.
- Free markets and purpose for prosperity
Concentrate on the higher purpose of business. Stakeholder orientation is important for long-term success.
- Business as ministry
By applying a Christian perspective, your team prospers through your love, care and support.
Students pursuing an MBA in Accounting can take advantage of valuable networking opportunities by building relationships with a diverse body of fellow students. The MBA accounting program inspires students to become confident communicators who mindfully explore different perspectives and think critically. Students become accomplished researchers who learn the quantitative methods necessary for turning raw data into applicable information. Some of the courses in this MBA accounting program include:
- Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Applied Business Probability and Statistics
- Leadership and Organizations
- Finance Principles
Online and Evening MBA Courses Offer Flexibility
GCU is a 21st century university that embraces a flexible learning path with evening or online classes. Students taking the MBA in Accounting online at GCU have access to an intuitive and interactive learning platform. The program requires a total of 54 credits for completion. The online courses are eight weeks in length.
Why Choose GCU for Your MBA in Accounting?
Learn why earning an MBA in Accounting from GCU is the right choice:
- Online MBA in Accounting courses
Courses are available online, giving you the ability to complete a degree while keeping your busy schedule.
- Transfer credits
Add credits from your business degree background to help you graduate sooner.
MBA accounting students start with an intensive look at the key concepts of leadership, including the way in which the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective management. They study the fundamentals of accounting practices, managerial accounting and financial analysis to prepare for advanced study later in the program. Other core competencies include:
- Microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts in contemporary business
- The definition, formulation and execution of strategy within organizations, with an emphasis on the role of innovation and competitive advantage
- Methods that streamline a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization
- In-depth analysis and interpretation of corporate financial reports, with an emphasis on the utility and limitations of financial accounting data
What You Can Do With an MBA in Accounting
The accounting MBA degree has long been held as the standard of academic achievement in the business world. With an MBA in Accounting, graduates are prepared to pursue high-level management positions across a nearly limitless range of industries. Some specific job titles that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Chief financial officer (CFO)
- Vice president of accounting
- Accounting manager
- Business development manager
- Management analyst
C-level accounting professionals are employed in many different settings, including corporations, government agencies, public organizations and faith-based groups. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 61,700 new jobs are expected to open for accountants and auditors from 2019 to 2029.1
MBA in Accounting FAQs
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, accountants and auditors.
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