Online MBA in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Colorado Technical University’s Master of Business Administration degree with an accounting concentration expands upon the MBA core to explore functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting, management control and auditing, and taxation. You will have the opportunity to develop relevant, real-world experience by researching and analyzing a financial issue that impacts your own company or organization. You’ll have the opportunity to examine tax considerations for compensation, mergers and acquisitions; financial statements; information gathering for annual reports; evaluating a firm’s financial performance; and auditing procedures.
CTU’s MBA in Accounting:
- Is designed to align with the standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Has courses that integrate intellipath®, our proprietary learning application, which you can use to customize coursework to suit your knowledge level
- Is ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year*
- Can be completed in as little as 12 months1
Attend online, on-campus—or a hybrid of both. CTU aims to make it easy to manage your education with your smartphone or tablet anytime, anywhere with CTU Mobile. Classes start 9 times per year and run 5 weeks long.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- April 04, 2023
- May 09, 2023
- June 13, 2023
Online MBA in Accounting Program Details
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Effective July 2, 2019, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora and Colorado Springs campuses.
The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA-ACCT) is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program includes 32 credit hours devoted to the business administration core and 16 credit hours for the accounting concentration.
This program is designed to provide students with strong theoretical foundations and professional skills in the main functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting, management control and auditing, and taxation. It builds on foundational business and accounting knowledge and educates students on how to use this financial information to communicate the financial position and assist management and others in the decision-making process.
This program may help prepare students for the CPA exam, although it is not designed to prepare for the CPA, CMA, or any other certification exam. Students interested in taking the CPA exam, should refer to the State Board of Accountancy established by their state for eligibility requirements to sit for the exam.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT614
This course focuses on using available accounting information to help managers of the firm make relevant decisions. Examines how the financial information developed for external users forms the basis for the managerial accounting system. Explores costing systems, cost behavior analysis, responsibility accounting and volume-profit relationships.
Applied Managerial Accounting 4 ECON616
During this course the student will study the practical aspects of both micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment. The students investigate the role of economic principles in management analysis and decision making: the study of demand, cost, and supply concepts from a business viewpoint; and the application of national income measures to strategic planning and the future.
Applied Managerial Economics 4 MGMT690
Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.
Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 FINC615
Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.
Applied Managerial Finance 4 INTD670The course analyzes the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities relative to societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affecting both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course also differentiates among ethical decision-making processes and decision problems with ethical implications. Students examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry leaders and professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students explore the code of conduct at work, methods to implement a code of conduct, and issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process. Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4 MGMT600
This course emphasizes the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics to decisions made in a managerial role. The following subjects are addressed in the course: data summarization and presentation, data analysis, test of hypotheses, discrete and continuous distributions, estimation theory, simple and multiple correlation and regression, analysis of variance, multivariate statistics and non parametric methods. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a data aggregation and reduction exercise report and by accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of applied statistics from either the academic or professional literature.
Applied Managerial Decision-Making 4 HRMT620
Human capital management creates a paradigm to strategically look at people as the most valuable asset. This course provides a framework for students to integrate human capital management as part of the overall business strategy. By understanding, evaluating and integrating the human capital management model, the student will also be able to apply these approaches both domestically and globally.
Strategic Human Capital Management 4 MKTG630
This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.
Applied Managerial Marketing 4 Total Credit Hours: 32
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT618
The course covers the relationship between managerial decision-making and taxes. Students will explore the taxation of different types of business entities and the individuals involved with the entities. Emphasizes the impact of tax considerations in business decisions such as compensation, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Taxation and Business Decisions 4 ACCT628
This class focuses on a comprehensive examination of financial statements and accounting reporting standards. Students will gain an understanding of the information provided in corporate annual reports and how to evaluate the financial performance of an entity.
Financial Reporting 4 ACCT644
This course covers advanced auditing procedures and standards, as well as management control systems. Audit objectives, cycles, review, documentation, theory, and professional code of practice are covered. Other topics include risk assessment techniques, management control systems, and organization for control.
Management Control and Auditing 4 ACCT650
The MBA Accounting Capstone uses the functional skills students have developed in previous core and concentration courses in this program - including accounting, business management and business strategy - to complete an in-depth project. The course requires the student to perform comprehensive research, analysis, and study on either a desired area of interest or a major business problem or issue that impacts the student’s own company or organization. The student will utilize research methodologies to prepare a formal research report.
MBA Accounting Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 16
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
The MBA degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The courses in this degree program align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and also integrate the competencies and body of knowledge in the Certified Managerial Accounting exam.
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Admission RequirementsMBA Foundation Requirements
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful. Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete two MBA foundation courses (MGMT502 and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.
If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above the foundation requirements may be waived. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs must complete the MBA Foundation Requirements. The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas. MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT502 or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter. Students who do not meet the MBA foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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CTU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This business degree program emphasizes functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting, management control and auditing, and taxation. Students will work to develop strong theoretical foundations and professional skills in the main functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting, management control and auditing, and taxation. You’ll examine tax considerations for compensation, mergers, and acquisitions; financial statements; information gathering for annual reports; evaluating a firm’s financial performance; and auditing procedures.
As you work to complete your MBA, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: taxation of different types of business entities and the involved individuals; financial statements and accounting reporting standards; and auditing procedures and standards.
Courses for the Master of Business Administration in Accounting start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Master’s programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in business and accounting that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
The Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete two MBA foundation courses (MGMT502 and MGMT503). The foundation requirements may be waived if the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs must complete the MBA Foundation Requirements. MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT502 or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter.
1 As a master’s degree program, this program is designed as an 18-month program; however; many factors will impact your time to completion, including course loads, proficiency and/or transfer credits and breaks. Students who take 1-2 classes per session, may complete the program in as little as 12 months.