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Go further with an MBA in accounting.

Today’s business world places new demands on business professionals not only to keep up with local and global change, but also to develop their leadership and interpersonal competencies required to work with people at all organizational levels. With an MBA in accounting you're prepared to meet these demands head-on. 

The courses you take while working towards an MBA can be used to cover continuing education requirements, and satisfy college credit requirements needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Many of your courses will cover topics on the CPA exam, while expanding your knowledge of the field overall. 

What You'll Do

MBA in accounting students study all aspects of business, with a number of classes tailored to accounting specific topics. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn to address global opportunities, competition, and regulatory issues. 
  • Utilize the latest technology in production, controls, and communications. 
  • Work with the experienced, award winning faculty who teach our on-campus classes, letting you learn from the best how to be the best. 

What Can You Do with an MBA in Accounting?  

Earning your MBA in accounting opens the door to better employment opportunities, especially in management and leadership roles. You’ll be better positioned for promotions, plus those with an MBA increase their lifetime earning potential by 50%. 

Career Opportunitites 

  • Management Analyst 
  • Financial Manager 
  • Business Consultant 
  • Revenue Manager 
  • Chief Operating Officer 
  • Chief Executive Officer 

MBA in Accounting by the Numbers

  • 96% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • Top 3

    MBA Program in Missouri

    Southeast's MBA program is one of the top 3 programs in Missouri.

  • Top 5%

    Business Programs Worldwide

    Southeast’s AACSB Accreditation puts us in the top 5% of business programs worldwide.

  • $185K

    Chief Executive Salary

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for chief executives is $185,950.

Online: Accounting Degree Map

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MBA in Accounting Curriculum

Students wishing to enter the accounting track should have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at a regionally accredited institution or have satisfactorily completed two intermediate accounting courses from a program that teaches these courses using USA GAAP standards.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies are the following departmental criteria: 

Regular Admission 

  • GPA on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) multiplied by 200 plus GMAT equal to at least 1000 AND GMAT score of at least 500, 
    OR
    GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) with a Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) of 147 for both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing of 3.5 or higher. 
  • (When it is not possible to interpret academic eligibility by way of transcript, the graduate business program reserves the right to request further evidence of academic eligibility.) 
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses. 
  • Probationary Admission 

All applicants must have the following: 

  • GPA on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) multiplied by 200 plus GMAT score equal to at least 1000 AND GMAT score of at least 430, 
    OR 
    GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) with a Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) of 144 for both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing of 3.5 or higher. 
    (When it is not possible to interpret academic eligibility by way of transcript, the graduate business program reserves the right to request further evidence of academic eligibility.) 
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses. 
  • Students admitted on probation must complete their first 9 hours of graduate course work with a grade “B” or better. Students not meeting this requirement are subject to dismissal from the program. 

International students applying with a three-year degree must have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency endorsed by AICE (www.aice-eval.org) or that is a member of NACES (www.naces.org). 

GMAT/GRE waivers may be requested under certain circumstances. 

Required Courses 

  • BA600 Organizational Behavior in Practice (3)  
  • BA620 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (3)  
  • BA630 Integrated Decision Information Systems (3) 
  • BA650 Strategic Decision Making (3)  
  • BA651 Strategic Marketing (3)  
  • BA660 Strategic Cost Analysis & Financial Applications (3)  
  • BA668 The Financial Environment (3)  

Choose 3 hours from:  

  • AC534 Financial Accounting and Reporting III (3)  
  • AC537 Advanced Auditing & Assurance Services (3)  
  • AC545 Taxation of Business Entities (3)  

Choose 9 hours from:  

  • AC534 Financial Accounting and Reporting III (3) 
  • AC537 Advanced Auditing & Assurance Services (3)  
  • AC540 International Perspectives Accounting (3) 
  • AC545 Taxation of Business Entities (3) 
  • AC548 Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)  
  • AC550 Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting (3) 
  • AC555 Forensic Accounting Analytics (3) 
  • BA657 Applied Research Project (3)*  
  • ACxxx Course not chosen above (3) 

Choose one with advice of program coordinator:

  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0)

*Applied Research Project must be in the accounting area 

 

 All undergraduate requirements for admission must be satisfied before enrolling in the MBA required core or MBA elective courses. Students without an undergraduate degree in business may need to complete the following required foundation course work**: 

  • Principles of Accounting I or Graduate Business Accounting Essentials 
  • Microeconomics or Graduate Business Microeconomics Essentials 
  • Financial Management or Graduate Business Finance Essentials 
  • Management Information Systems or Graduate Business Information Systems Essentials 
  • Business Statistics I or Introduction to Behavioral Statistics or Graduate Business Statistics Essentials 

Additional foundation coursework for Accounting option: 

  • Principles of Accounting II 
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting I 
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting II 

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all of the above classes. 

**Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated through any of the following alternatives: 

  • A CLEP or DANTES exam if available. Credit will not be given for these courses with a passing grade on the exam, but a passing score will indicate proof of course knowledge. 
  • Applied knowledge of a given domain in the work environment. The extent to which relevant work experience demonstrates proficiency will be determined by the program director. Applicants who would like their work experience to be considered must submit a resume with their application. 

Students wishing to enter the accounting track should have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at a regionally accredited institution or have satisfactorily completed two intermediate accounting courses from a program that teaches these courses using USA GAAP standards. 

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"Chad Lich, a technology strategist for a 26-billion-dollar company, completed his MBA online with Southeast. Citing the University's strong reputation and affordability, Chad also relied on Southeast's culture of success."

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Harrison College of Business & Computing

This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.

Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

"My philosophy on teaching is that success in the classroom involves motivating students to achieve a thorough understanding of financial topics. This can best be accomplished with a balance of theory and practical application that allows students the opportunity to develop skills needed to reach their individual goals. Emphasis on technological innovations is an important component in the preparation of students for productive corporate careers. "

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Accelerated Master’s Degree

Southeast offers an accelerated master’s degree for current students. You can get both undergraduate and graduate credit for some 500 level courses, meaning you can graduate with an MBA sooner.

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