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MBA: Accounting Specialization

Program Overview

Master the methods and technology of modern accounting.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to maximize your accountancy potential with an MBA specializing in Accounting from The University of Scranton.

You’ll learn from expert faculty and graduate prepared to sit for the CPA exam*,** or pursue leadership roles in economics or marketing fields.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to maximize your accountancy potential with an MBA specializing in Accounting from The University of Scranton.

You’ll learn from expert faculty and graduate prepared to sit for the CPA exam*,** or pursue leadership roles in economics or marketing fields.

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Prepare for the CPA Exam

With your MBA from Scranton specializing in Accounting, you’ll learn to apply accounting skills in order to solve complex business problems and maintain a financially healthy organization.

You’ll master the theory and skills business leaders need to optimize processes, increase value and make decisions within an ethical framework. You’ll also gain a global perspective on business, and learn to apply the Triple Bottom Line theory — an emphasis on sustainable development as it relates to social, fiscal and environmental factors.

The University of Scranton Accounting Program meets the NYS CPA license education requirements as an “Equivalent to a NYS Licensure Qualifying Registered Program.” And with tuition rates much lower than similarly top-ranked competitors, we’re proud to provide you an exceptional value for your investment.

Career Outlook: Demand Rising for Accounting Skills

Business leaders with an accounting background can expect high demand over the next decade, with job opportunities for financial managers increasing 16% between 2018 and 2028. Median salary for financial managers is currently $127,990, with the top 10% earning more than $208,000 annually.1

Accountants and auditors earn a median $70,500, with the top 10% earning more than $122,840 annually.2 Your MBA can position you to become one of these top earners.

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Curriculum: Accredited Accounting Expertise

The MBA program is guided by Scranton’s Jesuit tradition and is housed in the Kania School of Management, one of an elite few of online schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). You’ll graduate with a mastery of business competencies rooted in ethics and sustainability.

Coursework for the Accounting specialization includes International Accounting, Financial Reporting and Research, Advanced Auditing and more. This specialization is taken as part of the 36 total credits required for the MBA degree.


Program Outcomes: Accounting Mastery

The Accounting specialization of Scranton’s MBA curriculum will prepare you to:

Available Specializations

We offer eight robust specializations and a customizable general MBA option, so you can gain exactly the skills you need to succeed in the area you’re passionate about.

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MBA: Finance

Get the skills to conduct financial analyses, develop capital budgets and assess an organization’s overall financial health.

MBA: Healthcare Management

Supervise healthcare facilities, plan and direct operations and manage teams to ensure excellent patient care.

MBA: Human Resources Management

Acquire skills in strategic staffing, evaluating workplace operational goal setting and enterprise-level human resource management.

MBA: International Business

Navigate global business well-versed in global finance, international politics, cross-cultural differences and supply chain management.

MBA: Operations Management

Equip yourself to lead your organization with project management, quality control and financial management skills.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for Scranton’s Master of Business Administration program, you’ll need:

*May be required for some applicants. You will be informed of your individual requirement after a review of your completed application.

Find more details on the MBA Admissions Requirements page.

Admissions Info

Tuition Details

The MBA program at The University of Scranton consists of 36 credits and costs $965 per credit hour.

We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why we’re ranked a Best Value School, Regional Universities North, by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.3

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Faculty: The Kania School’s Team of Specialized Experts

As a student of the Kania School of Management, you’ll have access to industry experts, each with a focused background that aligns with our specialized curriculum.

No matter what you’re passionate about in business, you’ll connect with a network of mentors who share your enthusiasm and can teach you exactly what you need to know.

Kania School Faculty

Why Learn Online?

Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.

Scranton Online

Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.

Financial Aid Details

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-373-9547.

Students can complete the MBA program in as few as two years or as many as six years. However, most students typically complete the program in two to three years.

With an MBA degree from The University of Scranton, you’ll be ready to take on new experiences and challenges in the business world.

Choose from eight different specialties to focus your studies on the career path that inspires you. Specializations include Accounting, Business Analytics, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, and Operations Management. You may also choose the General MBA option to build a MBA that fits your educational goals.

To learn more about the career opportunities available to you with an MBA degree, visit our career outlook page.

Yes. Applicants to the MBA program are required to have a minimum of three years of supervisory or professional work experience.

Students must also have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. While there is no requirement for undergraduate degrees to be business-focused, students lacking certain requisite background requirements may need to take up to 12 one-credit foundation module courses.

The University of Scranton’s MBA program costs $965 per credit hour, totaling $34,740–$46,320, depending on specialization.

For more information about tuition, additional costs, and financial aid options, please visit our tuition page.

Scranton’s online MBA program is a part-time program. Students generally complete one course per term over the program’s two-year duration. With an advisor’s approval, it is possible to take multiple courses per term.

The MBA program includes six core classes and a minimum six additional classes you can choose from to fit your educational goals. With an emphasis on flexibility, our program offers you the ability to explore one specialization in-depth, or combine courses from throughout our offering to meet your personalized goals — the choice is yours.

You can discover more about our full list of coursework requirements and each specialization on our curriculum page.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Financial Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Accountants and Auditors. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from
  3. U.S. News & World Report (2019). University of Scranton Rankings. Retrieved November 25, 2019, from


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**The University of Scranton Accounting Program also meets the NYS CPA license education requirements as an “Equivalent to a NYS Licensure Qualifying Registered Program.” Learn more about the NYS CPA license education requirements.