Master of Business Administration in Accounting

New government regulations, greater scrutiny of corporate finances, and business growth have fueled the need for accounting professionals with deep knowledge of the important role accounting information plays in corporate decision-making. This MBA Accounting specialization is designed to expand your knowledge in areas such as budget planning and control, audit and evaluation of controls, and financial measurement, documentation, and reporting. This specialization can help you build the strategic perspective you need to interact effectively with executive management and strengthen your ability to succeed in middle and senior management positions. People who enroll in this specialization are often pursuing supervisory or management positions in accounting, auditing, and other financial recording and reporting functions. This program can be completed in two years.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Accounting Specialization

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's MBA faculty members are also business professionals—bringing a balance of academic expertise and professional experience to the fields in which they teach.
  • Capella's MS, MBA, and BS project management curriculum is designed around A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Capella has developed educational alliances with more than 175 corporations, including leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bank, and Farmers Insurance Group.
  • The Human Resource Management MBA specialization has gained acknowledgement from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM®) that the curriculum aligns with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The Project Management MBA specialization includes courses that are approved for professional development units (PDUs) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ethical and legal accounting practices.
  2. Develop and manage a budgeting process.
  3. Employ data-driven decision-making.
  4. Apply audit and control processes.
  5. Communicate professionally with individuals and groups.
  6. Apply information technologies to accounting management practices.

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Our School of Business and Technology MBA graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. The majority of graduates work in higher education, healthcare, or manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Many MBA graduates from the School of Business and Technology report advancing in their careers and receiving a salary increase, leadership role or promotion. They also say their Capella degrees garner recognition from employers.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013

School of Business and Technology Master of Business Administration Graduates

Data from graduates across all MBA specializations have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Business and Technology MBA program report that earning an MBA has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Business & Technology MBA graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

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