Making it into the upper levels in the business world requires critical thinking and communication skills, on top of in-depth technical knowledge. Acquiring an MBA not only demonstrates you have the confidence and professional proficiencies to have a positive impact on an organization, but it can also bring increases in salary and job opportunities.

About Salem’s MBA Accounting Degree

Salem University offers an online MBA accounting degree program that prepares you for advanced roles in a wide variety of fields, auditing, consulting, and overseeing revenue and accounting elements within an organization. Our MBA accounting program builds off your previous bachelor’s of business administration or accounting degree to deepen your knowledge and increase your leadership and decision-making abilities. It can also ready you to pursue the next step of your education with a Doctor of Business Administration.

We’ve designed our MBA accounting degree program to be fully online, with a high-quality curriculum that aims to provide opportunities for professional growth and development; develop skills that allow you to conduct research and integrate theory and practice; and promote excellence in leadership, scholarship, work, and life. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With an MBA Accounting Degree?

An MBA accounting degree can help expand your career opportunities to include advanced and senior-level positions, like:

  • Internal Auditor
  • Management Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Revenue Manager
  • Corporate Controller
  • Financial Administrator
  • CEO or CFO
  • Certified Public Accountant*

*This licensed profession requires extensive education, accounting or auditing work experience, successful completion of the CPA exam, and other requirements established by the West Virginia Board of Accountancy or other state of residence. Salem’s combined BSBA and MBA with Accounting specializations meet or exceed the academic requirements for CPA licensure in many states.

What Will I Learn in Salem’s MBA Accounting Program?

In our MBA accounting program, you will learn how to demonstrate exceptional professional integrity and ethical behavior in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) guidelines. Our primary goal is to prepare you to take on more advanced responsibilities and leadership roles within the accounting field by providing both a broad education in the fundamentals of business and an in-depth look at the accounting specialization. All of this is brought together in a capstone course that lets you demonstrate your ability to combine what you’ve learned with a practical, ethical, and global perspective.

Your MBA accounting courses will cover topics like:

  • Applying business law, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and accounting ethics to accounting functions
  • Providing accurate and appropriate reporting and understanding the impact of specific events (e.g., mergers and acquisitions) on accounting statements
  • Using accounting information as part of the strategic business decision-making process to meet organizational goals
  • Managing and monitoring junior accounting professionals and accounting teams

What MBA Accounting Classes Will I Take?

The MBA accounting program requires the completion of 27 core semester credits that include:

  • ACC515 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS500 Applied Business Statistics
  • BUS698 Directed Readings and Research
  • BUS699 Enterprise Strategic Planning and Change Management
  • ECO570 Managerial Economics
  • FIN560 Financial Management
  • MKT530 Marketing Management
  • BUS554 Business Law
  • BUS600 Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Ethics

You will also take 9 credits in the accounting specialization:

  • ACC551 Advanced Accounting
  • ACC552 Advanced Auditing
  • ACC556 Partnership Taxation

How Long Will It Take to Get My MBA Accounting Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their MBA accounting degree in about approximately 12 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your MBA accounting degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.