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MBA in Accounting Online

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

Lead with an MBA in Accounting

  • Under $19K total tuition
  • Complete in about 1 year
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Pair your MBA with accounting principles & practices

Online MBA in Accounting Program Overview

Advance your expertise in business and financial management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. Built specifically for today's business needs, SNHU's MBA in Accounting online fits right into your life and deepens your understanding of capital budgeting, finance and portfolio management. And, the good news is, you don't have to enter this program with a UG in Accounting. By earning your MBA in Accounting, you'll learn to lead, strategize and innovate for a high-performance organization, and you could even have the opportunity to become a business leader of tomorrow.

SNHU, founded as the New Hampshire School of Accounting in 1932, has a long history of graduating successful accounting professionals. Our graduates are working at management-level positions in a range of industries. And as an MBA student, you'll have the opportunity to connect and network with faculty and alumni in the accounting, finance and business management fields.

"This program is ideal for anyone who wants to be a business owner or manager – particularly any manager who oversees an accounting department but doesn't have a background in accounting," said Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead at SNHU

You'll learn far more than just accounting skills in this program. In addition to learning primary accounting skills such as financial reporting and the tax implications of major business decisions, you'll gain a deeper understanding of an organization's vision, mission, values, culture and strategic goals. You'll gain a deeper understanding of a how impactful leaders are made, and you may even find you'll be able to run your own business in a fiscally responsible and efficient way.

No matter where you want to go in the business world, and what industry you want to work in, accounting knowledge will always be useful as an essential business function.

Learn how to:

  • Analyze and interpret data for decision-making
  • Develop and foster adaptable strategies for an organization
  • Evaluate and implement various models and processes in the design and continuous improvement of organizations and their practices
  • Cultivate globally aware and culturally responsive teams and organizations
  • Create and implement plans around culture, ethical and legal standards, and sustainable practices

The MBA in Accounting is just one of 17 concentration options at SNHU. Learn more about all of our career-focused online MBA programs.

Career Outlook

The need for business and finance occupations continues to rise.

Through 2028, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sees these roles growing by 7% – that's over 590,000 positions.1 In particular, states the BLS, the demand for accountants and auditors will be strong, due to globalization, a growing economy and a complex tax and regulatory environment.1

In addition, the BLS also reports that financial management occupations should see 7% growth through 2028 – over 700,000 new jobs.1 More specifically in that category, financial managers should see a whopping 16% projected job growth through 2028 – more than 100,000 roles.1 These management positions in 2019 saw a median annual salary of $129,890.1

It's also worth noting that many senior management executives have a background in accounting or finance. Additionally, accounting knowledge will only better support your business operational skillset in a management role, throughout a number of industries. An ability to analyze and interpret financial data is especially important as companies seek efficient, cost-effective means of operation. Earning your MBA in Accounting online at SNHU gives you the background you need to be successful in a wide variety of management-level positions in fields such as:

  • Banking
  • Budget analysis
  • Cost accounting and management
  • Financial management
  • Financial reporting and planning
  • Tax planning

Mona Stephens with text Mona Stephens"Accounting knowledge allows managers to better analyze financial reports and plan for the organization’s financial future," said Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead at SNHU. "The accounting concentration also gives managers an understanding of the tax factors that affect businesses."

Accounting experts are needed in all types of organizations, allowing you to combine your skill set with an industry you're passionate about. According to the BLS, in May 2019, the top industries where your skills could be put to use with the highest median wages were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services: $152,810
  • Management of companies and enterprises: $145,280
  • Manufacturing: $130,900
  • Finance and insurance: $125,600
  • Government: $114,250

In 2019, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council, a survey noted that graduates with an accounting background would be sought after for accounting, finance and strategy roles.2 GMAC also reported in a 2018 alumni survey that the most valuable benefit was being prepared for leadership positions.2 SNHU's MBA in Accounting program could prepare you for such leadership roles, and make you a desirable hiring candidate for potential future employers.

And because alumni have found their master's degree worthwhile across the board, it's no wonder that 9 out of 10 would still pursue their degree knowing what they know now.2

The reason behind that, according to the survey, is that they've found so many advantages to earning their MBA. These outcomes include2:

  • Preparation for leadership roles
  • Increase of earning power
  • Preparation for chosen career
  • Development of professional network
  • Ability to work in culturally diverse organizations
  • More opportunities for quicker career advancement

Our MBA core curriculum sets you up for success with these outcomes. For example, you can build the skills to lead with our Leading People and Organizations class. Or, you can contribute to measurability and performance success with our Measuring Success in an Organization class

And with some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, and the opportunity to earn credentials as you go, you can build these skill sets at SNHU – with a much better return on investment (ROI).

Start Your Journey Towards an Online Accounting Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Originally named the New Hampshire Accounting and Secretarial School when we opened back in 1932, SNHU has some serious roots in teaching business and accounting. In fact, founder Harry Shapiro wanted his students to fully understand the "why" behind accounting and not just the "how."

It's not much different today.

Our new MBA program weaves accounting and finance throughout the program, integrating core principles across all courses. This means, in the coursework for this program, you'll lean how to assess financial viability as well as make sound fiscal decisions that will be beneficial in both the short and long term scenarios. This program will allow you to gain the overarching business skills you want, plus the financial skills you need to make smart business decisions.

"Financial resources are one of the most important things that all organizations have to manage, and every manager in the organization plays a role in managing those resources," said Mona Stephens, faculty accounting lead at SNHU. "Whether it’s keeping track of sales, purchasing inventory, supplies, or equipment, or just running a department, managers need to understand the numbers."

The 3 graduate-level accounting courses you'll take in your MBA in Accounting program are:

  • Financial Reporting I: Learn foundational financial accounting theories and practices, with emphasis placed on standards and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). You'll analyze financial statements and accounts for advising stakeholders on related business decisions.
  • Financial Reporting II: Focus on additional financial activities – stockholders’ equity, income management, pensions, leases and statement of cash flows – and the impact they have on financial statements.
  • Tax Factors in Business Decisions: Get an introduction to tax factors that are relevant in business and personal financial planning decisions – like fiduciaries, regular and S corporations, partnerships, tax shelters and tax research.

Taking these courses online can also help you gain more confidence with current applications, practices and technology.

“The hard skills required for businesses to succeed are constantly changing with advances in technologies," said Clare Greenlaw, associate dean of SNHU's MBA programs. "That means workers today need to access education more frequently than they used to in the past."

Not only can our MBA in Accounting program help you get an edge in the job market, but you can benefit now from the convenience it gives you. If you're already working, a program at a brick-and-mortar campus may not work for you, due to class times or a commute. Our online courses are accessible 24/7, meaning you can complete your work at the time of day that works best for you.

“The people considering an online MBA typically have established careers and other obligations," Greenlaw said. "They can’t quit their job to go to school full time."

You can work with your academic advisor to establish a class schedule that works around your commitments and create a timeline that allows you to reach your goals when you need to.

The MBA in Accounting can be a great option to get you to the 150 hours for your Certified Public Accountant exam requirements, but you may also choose to take your education further. In fact, 2 courses from the MBA in Accounting program also apply to our Graduate Certificate in Accounting. This program is ideal for those who want to amplify their accounting skills and knowledge on top of the MBA. As a bonus, this certificate is also covered by financial aid.

Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.

Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. Our SNHU students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.