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

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

Transfer of Credit: Students may be eligible to transfer up to 15 credits. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I, II, or III certifications can be applied toward specialization courses.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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 844-768-0610.

Course Sequence

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each 16-week semester includes two consecutive 8-week courses. In addition, for students with a non-business undergraduate degree, the first semester includes a self-paced Business Essentials course designed to increase success throughout the degree program.

Semester Course Code Course Credits
Semester 1 Course Code WMBA 4990 Course Business Essentials Credits (0 sem. cr.)
Semester 1 Course Code WMBA 6000 Course Dynamic Leadership Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 1 Course Code WMBA 6010 Course Managing People and Promoting Collaboration Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 2 Course Code WMBA 6020 Course Fostering a Culture of Innovation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 2 Course Code WMBA 6030 Course Managing Business Information Systems Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Choose 1 course from below:
Semester Course Code WMBA 6695
WMBA 6677
WMBA 6675
WMBA 6635
WMBA 6601
Course Communication for Leaders and Managers

Competing in the Global Economy

Critical Thinking for Effective Management

Harnessing the Power of Data and Information

Managing First Things First
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Semester 3 Course Code WMBA 6040 Course Improving Business Performance Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 4 Course Code WMBA 6050 Course Accounting for Management Decision Making Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 4 Course Code WMBA 6060 Course Marketing for Competitiveness Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 5 Course Code WMBA 6070 Course Managerial Finance Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 5 Course Code WMBA 6990 Course Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 6 Course Code WMBA 6681 Course Decision-Making Tools for Today's Financial Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 6 Course Code WMBA 6683 Course Managerial Accounting for Organizational Performance Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Semester 7 Course Code WMBA 6687 Course Managing Operational and Financial Business Risks Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on certification:
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, however, the Walden BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting, and MBA Accounting specialization are not designed or intended to lead to CPA license eligibility without supplemental coursework. The BS 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 MS in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the MBA 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 resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

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.

Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic such as tuition and fee increases and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. fulltime enrollment; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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