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MBA in Accounting


MBA -- Accounting (36 Credits) The curriculum of the M.B.A. in Accounting is a 36-credit hour designed to prepare a variation of accounting professionals to become C.P.A.s and/or leaders in the accounting profession. With the completion of 150 credit hours, encompassing both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, individuals may sit for the C.P.A. exam. Upon successful completion of the examination and experience requirements that may be imposed by individual states, successful graduates may practice as certified public accountants. All students enrolled in the M.B.A.-Accounting concentration are required to take M.B. A. core courses (21 credits), specialized accounting courses (9 credits), 6 credits of electives and a culminating experience (capstone) of 3 credits.


MBA-Accounting Vision
To be a premier and high value provider of accounting education to all types of accounting professionals.


MBA-Accounting Mission
The MBA-Accounting program will provide students with tools for successful careers and personal growth through:


  • The use of both on-campus and case studies/problem solving education to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities in accounting
  • Instruction of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for solutions in actual practice settings that add value to clients' business practices,
  • Preparation for private, public, profit or non-profit accounting leadership,
  • Preparation for the C.P.A. exam in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania (and all other states with similar C.P.A. criteria)
  • Support for the 150 hours requirement to practice as a C.P.A.


MBA in Accounting Courses
MBA Core: Required Courses (21 credit hours):
MBA 500 Challenges to Modern Business
MBA 510 Advanced Management Theory
MBA 520 Leadership and Ethics
MBA 540 Advanced Marketing Theory
MBA 560 Managerial Economics
MBA 570 Managerial Accounting


Accounting Concentration (15 credit hours)
MBA 575 Advanced Auditing
MBA 576 Advanced Tax Strategies
MBA 577 Accounting Ethics
MBA 5XX Elective (3 credits)
MBA 5XX Elective (3 credits)


Culminating Experience: As a culminating experience, all M. B. A. students should select either MBA 590 or MBA 591.


  • MBA 590 Applied Research Project and Capstone (3 credits)
  • MBA 591 Internship and Capstone (3 credits)


MBA in Accounting -- Admissions Criteria:
Same general admissions criteria as General MBA, with the requirement of an undergraduate degree in accounting and/or undergraduate courses in accounting, auditing, and tax.



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