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Accounting CPA Pathway Specialization Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Prepare for Your CPA Exam

Is earning a CPA in your career plan? Set yourself apart from the competition with Capella’s online MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway. You’ll acquire specialized accounting knowledge, as well as soft skills to help you become an effective communicator, business partner, and leader. This program combines in-depth accounting with broad business coursework to provide the well-rounded foundation you need to stand out in your field.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 3 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start April 9th

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

Apply Business Solutions

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

Incorporate Business Concepts

Support key business concepts with accounting knowledge in financial analysis.

Communicate Broadly

Effectively present business information to internal and external stakeholders.

Know Legal & Ethical Ramifications

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

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Data Storytelling Infused in MBA

Analytics is woven throughout your program to help you cultivate a deeper understanding of how to use data to shape organizational decisions.

Personalized Leadership Coaching

You’ll receive a leadership assessment and personalized coaching from a trusted expert to help you build on your management skills.

Develop an ePortfolio

Leverage a series of Portfolio Work Projects to demonstrate your strategic acumen to current and future employers.

The Wiley CPAexel®

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

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
$796 per credit, 45 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. 

Prior Learning Assessment

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

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway Online Degree Program - Capella University

Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.


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
ACC5212 Advanced Auditing: Theory and Practice
ACC5214 Corporate Governance and Regulation
ACC5216 Managerial Accounting: Theory and Practice

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.

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.

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.


Powerful databases and resources relevant to your field—and dedicated, experienced librarians to help you do the research. 

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.

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*

  • Accountant
  • Accounting manager
  • Adjunct faculty of accounting courses
  • Audit manager
  • Audit senior
  • Controller
  • Director of accounting
  • Director of finance
  • Staff accountant
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Senior tax associate
  • Tax manager

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services organization
  • Bank
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Consulting firm
  • Financial services organization
  • Hospital
  • Insurance carrier
  • Manufacturing firm
  • Self-employed

*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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