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Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting


Have you considered working toward a Master of Business Administration in Accounting? An online graduate degree from Western International University® (West) is rigorous but manageable for working adults. (An on-campus option may also be available; contact a student advisor for details.)

Professionals today are expected to leverage a broad range of skill sets while demonstrating expertise in specialized roles. This program offers accounting professionals practice in advanced management and decision-making skills. It also allows students to focus on in-depth accounting topics and developments ranging from the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to ethics and advanced applications.

This program is designed for the student with an accounting background and/or an undergraduate degree in accounting. Although students in the Master of Business Administration in Accounting program would greatly benefit from having an undergraduate degree in a business discipline, it is not required.

Each state sets forth standards required to be eligible to take the CPA exam and apply for licensure or certification as a CPA. The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification requires membership in the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) as well as education, work experience, and examination requirements. While the programs at West are designed with consideration for the standards proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the IMA, West cannot assure that successful graduates will meet their states’ or IMA’s specific eligibility requirements to take the CPA or CMA exams or apply for licensure or certification as a CPA or CMA. Applicants should check with their appropriate state organization and/or the IMA to determine if the West program, combined with their undergraduate degree, work experience, and any other specific criteria, meets examination and licensing eligibility requirements for the CPA and/or CMA designations. State and/or IMA requirements may vary from the time of admission to program completion. There is no assurance at the time of program completion that the specific jurisdiction’s requirements will be consistent with the requirements at the time of admission.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze problems specific to the business environment through interpretation of financial results.
  2. Apply finance tools in conjunction with accounting methodologies that are necessary to maintain a corporate perspective of the international and domestic business environments and the financial management of a corporation.
  3. Apply current knowledge of accounting trends to address emerging business issues.



Required Coursework

  • ACC 301 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 302 Managerial Accounting*
  • FIN 317 Financial Management*

  • ACC 617 Accounting Theory and Research
Select four of the following courses:
  • ACC 641 International Accounting*
  • ACC 610 Advanced Cost Accounting*
  • ACC 618 Advanced Auditing*
  • ACC 623 Forensic Accounting*
  • ACC 622 Federal Taxation*
  • ACC 642 Multinational Taxation*
  • ACC 675 Advanced Consolidation Accounting*
*Indicates courses requiring a prerequisite. **Credits not applied toward degree requirements.