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Accounting Specialization Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Excel in a Cross-Functional Business Environment

If you’re looking for a business career filled with opportunities to learn and grow, accounting is the field for you.

Demand for accounting professionals is projected to grow 11 percent over the next decade, with as many as 166,000 new positions opening up.* Help meet the demand with Capella’s online MBA in Accounting degree. Gain expertise in communication and collaboration, navigate complex ethical issues, and understand the implications of legal and regulatory issues.

* Results vary. Age, experience, other factors affect career growth. Capella does not guarantee specific career outcomes. SOURCE:  

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start December 4th

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

Integrate Business Disciplines

Gain knowledge and skills in organizational budget planning and control, accounting information systems audit and control, and decision-making.

Learn Business Budgeting

Develop and manage a budgeting process for a company or organization.

Back Up Decisions with Data

Use data-driven decision-making to keep your decisions on the right side of information. 

Apply Audit & Control Processes

Learn to take stock of what’s working, what’s not, and why, and apply proven processes to influence change. 

Be an Ethical Leader

Execute ethical and legal principles in day-to-day business and organizational affairs. 

Harness Technology

Understand the use of the most up-to-date information technologies for accounting management practices. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Earn Certs on the Way to an MBA

Apply for two graduate certificates in Accounting and Business Management—adding relevant skills that can possibly help advance your career. 

Leverage Industry Knowledge

Earn credit for the knowledge you've demonstrated through certifications, such as the CPA, CIA®, and CMA®

Full Access to WSJ

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

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

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

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per quarter, 24 total program points, 6 max transfer points

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, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

MBA in Accounting 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.


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. 

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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.

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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 our online MBA in Accounting program, you’ll gain knowledge and skills in organizational budget planning, accounting information systems auditing, transactional identification, financial reporting, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MBA6152 Advanced Accounting
MBA6154 Budget Planning and Control
MBA6156 Audit and Control of Accounting Information Systems
MBA6158 Accounting Information for Decision Making

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 open a broader range of career opportunities.

Read the blog post »

3 Accounting Trends for 2017

Business structure, technology, and collaboration affect the jobs of accounting professionals.

Read the blog post »

4 Differences Between Accountants and CPAs

An accountant must meet specific requirements, and sit for the exam, to become a CPA.

Read the blog post »

Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Accounting manager or director
  • Assistant treasurer
  • Consultant
  • Escrow officer
  • Financial services manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Tax accountant
  • Treasurer

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Accounting firm
  • Bank
  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Financial services agency
  • Government (IRS, SEC, DOD)
  • Health care organization
  • Insurance firm
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Mortgage company
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Self-employment
  • Small business

*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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