Ready to advance your accounting career? Our online MBA in Accounting program allows you to complete coursework at your own pace, offering the flexibility you need to balance your studies with your professional obligations.

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 

Online: Accounting Degree Map

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MBA in Accounting by the Numbers

  • 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.

  • $246K

    Chief Executive Salary

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for chief executives is $ 246,440.

What You’ll Study

Degree Map

Southeast’s MBA program will guide you through all aspects of business and supply you with the knowledge to succeed in today’s business environment. Because there are just as many interests as there are types of business professions, our MBA has several options to provide you with specialized curriculum to match your goals.

Core 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 Advanced Financial Accounting (3) 
  • AC537 Advanced Auditing & Assurance Services (3) 
  • AC545 Taxation of Business Entities (3) 

Choose 9 hours from: 

  • AC534 Advanced Financial Accounting (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 the advice of the program coordinator:

  • GR698 Master’s Final Comprehensive Examination (0) 
  • GR699 Master’s Oral Examination (0) 
**Applied Research Project must be in the accounting area.

MBA Admissions Requirements

The Masters of Business Administration programs at SEMO have additional admission criteria beyond what is required for general admission and we're here to help you every step of the way.

Technology Strategist for Microsoft

"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. "

Dr. Benjamin L. Dow, III, Ph.D.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.


Southeast’s business programs are among the top 5% in the world.

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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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