Accounting Specialization - Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)


Explore practical accounting and financial techniques that you can use to enhance your decision-making abilities and help boost your organization’s performance. The Accounting specialization integrates accounting theory and practice with management skills and provides the opportunity to grow more competent in forecasting, cost analysis, and assessment methods as well as managing operational and financial business risks.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits
    • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Transfer of Credit: Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credits. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I, II, or III certifications can be applied toward specialization courses.

This program can be completed in as little as 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each 16-week semester includes two consecutive 8-week courses.

Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The B.S. in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The M.S. in Accounting and the M.S. in Accounting and Management offer 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the M.B.A. Accounting specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

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