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Accounting CPA Pathway Specialization Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Prep for a CPA Exam

Is earning a CPA part of your career outlook? Set yourself apart from your peers in the accounting field with Capella’s online MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway. You’ll earn specialized accounting knowledge and stand out with business and core soft skills, helping you become an effective communicator, business partner, and leader. This program combines deep accounting and broad business coursework to provide the necessary requirements for career success. 

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 4 Electives Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start January 8th

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Prepare for the CPA Exam

Research relevant financial accounting, tax, auditing, and attestation literature for deeper accounting understanding.

Communicate Broadly

Effectively present business information to internal and external stakeholders. 

Apply Business Solutions

Evaluate business information to develop applicable solutions to a range of business challenges.

Know Legal & Ethical Ramifications

Apply accounting rules, regulations, and principles to support professional judgment in complex business situations. 

Incorporate Business Concepts

Support key business concepts with accounting knowledge in financial analysis.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

The Wiley CPAexel®

Exam preparation integrated into the coursework and continued academic support after graduation helps you to sit for the exam with confidence. 

CPA Requirement Help

Our enrollment counselors can identify Capella curriculum that meets educational requirements you need to sit for the CPA exam in your state.

Licensure Support

Our team supports you through the license application process during your program, after graduation, and as you advance in your career.

Earn a Certificate as You Learn

Apply for a Graduate Certificate in Business Management or Accounting CPA Pathway—adding relevant skills that can help advance your career.

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 original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet 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

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed 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. 

Scholarships for New Students

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

15% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount. 

Prior Learning Assessment

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

Full Access to WSJ

We've teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

In this degree program, you’ll learn accounting concepts including budget analysis and financial planning. Focus on ethics, tax, audit, and financial and managerial accounting. And prepare for your CPA exam with Wiley CPAexcel®.  

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MBA6151 Contemporary Financial Reporting
MBA6153 Advanced Auditing Theory
MBA6155 Corporate Governance and Regulation in Accounting
MBA6157 Managerial Accounting Theory

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support after graduation to help you feel prepared when sitting for your CPA exam. 

CPA Exam Preparation

We have people and tools in place to help you confidently prepare and sit for your CPA exam.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

CPA Course Match

Before you even begin your program, we’ll work with you to match your course plan to your state’s CPA exam requirements. 

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.


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

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.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

How Accounting Degrees and a CPA Work Together

Along with accounting degrees, a CPA can help open a broader range of career opportunities.

4 Differences Between Accountants and CPAs

To become a CPA, an accountant must meet specific requirements and sit for the exam.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MBA, Accounting CPA Pathway degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Auditor
  • Chief compliance officer
  • Consultant
  • Director of finance
  • Escow officer
  • Financial manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Fraud investigator
  • Management accountant
  • Mergers acquisition analyst

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Accounting firm
  • Law firm
  • Corporation
  • Insurance company
  • Government
  • Mortgage company
  • Consulting firm
  • Health care organization
  • Bank
  • Small business
  • Self-employment
  • Financial services agency
  • Retail
  • Brokerage house
  • Credit unions
  • Mutual fund companies
  • Airlines

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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