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Accounting CPA Pathway Specialization Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology


A CPA is the most sought-after accounting designation, giving you a level of expertise that sets you apart from your peers. Capella's online MBA Accounting CPA Pathway specialization can help you prepare for your CPA licensure while setting your career trajectory by earning an MBA at the same time.

Wiley CPAexcel® Exam Preparation

The Wiley CPAexcel® exam preparation program is integrated into the MBA curriculum, to help you prepare for licensure on the path to your degree. Even after graduation, you'll receive ongoing assistance from the Wiley CPAexcel® academic support team to ensure that you can sit for the exam with confidence. 

Our enrollment counselors specializing in accounting and business have a wealth of information about how this program can be beneficial in meeting your career goals. Using our robust licensure support tool, enrollment counselors can match Capella curriculum with the educational requirements you need to sit for the CPA exam in your state. 

Earn a Certificate as you work toward your MBA

Students in Capella’s MBA program with a specialization in Accounting CPA Pathway can apply for graduate certificates in Business Management and Accounting CPA Pathway, an additional benefit that can help you go further in your career.

Once you’ve been admitted to the certificate program, you will be eligible to take MBA courses that can be applied toward this marketable credential. You can complete the courses to earn graduate certificates in as few as 8 months, all while you progress through your MBA program.

Earn Credit for What You Already Know

Your previous learning, work experience, and industry certifications may help you earn your degree in less time. To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor, or visit our competency-based Prior Learning Assessment.

Degree Outcomes 

With your MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway from Capella, you'll develop and manage a budgeting process, employ data-driven decision-making and apply audit and control processes. You'll also learn to demonstrate ethical and legal accounting practices and, apply information technologies to accounting management practices. 

Career Outcomes 

Common jobs with an online program in accounting include: accountant, director of finance, chief internal auditor, tax accountant or manager, and financial analyst. Potential workplaces include: accounting firm, bank, financial services agency, government, and small business.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

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Classes Start August 21st

MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway Online Degree Program - Capella University

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy–you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$780 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Learn about PLA »

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway Online Degree Program - Capella University

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