Master of Business Administration - Accounting Concentration

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA-ACCT) is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program includes 32 credit hours devoted to the business administration core and 16 credit hours for the accounting concentration.

This program is designed to provide students with strong theoretical foundations and professional skills in the main functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting, management control and auditing, and taxation. It builds on foundational business and accounting knowledge and educates students on how to use this financial information to communicate the financial position and assist management and others in the decision-making process.

This program may help prepare students for the CPA exam, although it is not designed to prepare for the CPA, CMA, or any other certification exam. Students interested in taking the CPA exam, should refer to the State Board of Accountancy established by their state for eligibility requirements to sit for the exam.

Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.

Program Accreditations and Alignments
The MBA degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The courses in this degree program align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and also integrate the competencies and body of knowledge in the Certified Managerial Accounting exam.

MBA prepares the student to:
  • Manage across various businesses and disciplines
  • Apply business theories, concepts, and methods to current or future positions
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the mission and value proposition of the organization

MBA Program Learning Outcomes
  • Synthesize ethics, leadership, strategy, critical thinking and reasoning skills in a business environment
  • Integrate professional applied research in order to validate and justify decision making
  • Formulate information in order to communicate effectively across the appropriate channels
  • Utilize appropriate technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in order to accomplish organizational goals and objectives
  • Combine the major functional areas of business administration including the critical skills necessary to solve business problems, individually and collaboratively

MBA-ACCT Concentration Learning Outcomes

  • Perform an audit review and prepare the appropriate documentation
  • Examine how accounting information is used in decision-making and in implementing management policy across industries
  • Assess information using accounting standards and regulations to formulate ethical business outcomes
  • Evaluate and interpret financial reports for problem-solving and efficient decision-making in business environments
  • Apply taxation methods in the development of a budget, incorporating strategic management principles

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

ACCT614Applied Managerial Accounting


ECON616Applied Managerial Economics


MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments


FINC615Applied Managerial Finance


INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


HRMT620Strategic Human Capital Management


MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing


Total Credit Hours:32

Courses: Concentration

ACCT618Taxation and Business Decisions


ACCT628Financial Reporting


ACCT644Management Control and Auditing


ACCT650MBA Accounting Capstone


Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 48

MBA Foundation Requirements

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful.
Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete three MBA foundation courses (MGMT501, MGMT502, and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.
If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above the foundation requirements may be waived. Students that can show evidence of successfully completed business law and business ethics courses may have the MGMT501 requirement waived. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs are exempt from MGMT501, but must complete the other MBA Foundation Requirements. The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.
MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT501, MGMT502, or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT501 prior to starting INTD670 and complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter. Students who do not meet the MBA foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.


  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Business & Management

Degree Level

  • Master