Master of Business Administration in Accounting

The Fontbonne University MBA in Accounting is designed for adults who have a bachelor’s in accounting and would like to deepen their understanding of the field. In addition to the undergraduate admission requirements, students who complete the MBA in Accounting program will have the hours needed to sit for the CPA examination.

This 30-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in one to two years. Classes are offered in the evening or an evening/online combination, which allows students to work full time while pursuing a graduate degree. The curriculum emphasizes the identification, analysis and solution of complex management problems that require technical understanding and balanced decision making.



MBA in Accounting Program Highlights

  • Format: evening or combination of online and evening courses
  • Total credit hours: Prescribed 30 hours
  • Time to completion: 1 – 2 years
  • Duration of courses: 8 weeks
  • Session starts: January, March, May, July, August, October
  • Instructional delivery: Experienced faculty facilitating class lectures, projects, case studies and exams.
  • GMAT or GRE: Score of 475 or higher*
  • Work experience: None required

*A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale with a GMAT test within the previous five years, with a total score of 475 or higher. This requirement may be waived if either of the following conditions is met:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited program within the previous five years with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.
  • Completed a graduate degree in a field requiring significant analytical or quantitative work, such as business, economics, engineering, statistics, computer science or law with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Required Business Courses

  • BSA 500

    Business Components Assessment

    0 credits

    This assessment, taken during the student’s first term/semester, measures students’  knowledge of business common professional components upon entering their program. Graduation requirement.

  • BSA 540

    The Global Business Environment

    3 credits

    This course focuses on the problems of the senior executive in the management of internationally active firms. Emphasized are the economic, political, and cultural environments, as well as theories of international trade and investment.

  • BSA 660

    Seminar in Administrative Policy and Strategic Planning

    3 credits

    This course utilizes case studies for analysis of strategies, policies and practices of domestic and global organizations as well as the environment within each operates. Students will be required to demonstrate the management skills necessary to analyze information, data and corporate scenarios to develop policy and strategic proposals for operating an organization in a competitive and changing environment. This will include student performance to develop and propose implantation plans and control metrics to affect such functions as marketing, human resources, production, finance, accounting, sustainability, ethics, quality, lean practices, and operations for a targeted customer segment. Students are expected to interact effectively in a professional manner and on a personal level in a team environment. Multiple assessments covering various business disciplines will be administered. Graduate level presentation and written skills will be required in all coursework performed.

  • ECN 515

    Managerial Economics

    3 credits

    An examination of managerial decision-making. Topics include: empirical supply, demand, and elasticity estimation. How various market structures affect business decisions and an overview of quantitative forecasting.

  • MGT 530

    Operations Management

    3 credits

    This course focuses on manufacturing and service operations, logistics, and quality management. This course will cover topics including logistics systems, lean production, and quality management. An applied approach will be taken in this course using analytical techniques to study these issues.

  • MKT 520

    Seminar in Marketing Management

    3 credits

    A managerial approach to advanced problems in marketing with heavy emphasis on case study. An analysis of executive decision making and problem solving through team efforts in the formulation of a strategic marketing plan for the firm.

Required Accounting Courses

  • ACT 555

    Federal Income Taxation for Business Enterprises

    3 credits

    Concepts of federal income tax laws and their applications to business entities. Coverage includes tax strategies and tax reporting of corporations, corporate distributions, partnerships, S corporations, and limited liabilities companies.

  • ACT 557

    Estate and Gift Taxation

    3 credits

    Deals with federal estate and gift tax statues, regulations, rulings and leading cases, and responsibilities of executors, administrators, trustees. Students will have the opportunity to develop estate plans utilizing living and testamentary trust, wills, jointly owned property, life insurance, inter-vivo gifts, and the marital deduction. Problem areas discussed include the valuation and disposition of closely held businesses, separation and divorce, and other family arrangements.

  • ACT 605

    Government and Nonprofit Accounting

    3 credits

    A study of generally accepted accounting principles relating to governmental and nonprofit organizations, including the elements of fund accounting, the use of modified accrual basis accounting, and the preparation of financial statements.

  • ACT 610

    Fraud Examination

    3 credits

    The course will cover all of the major methods employees use to commit occupational fraud. Students will learn how and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved. Prerequisite: MAC 550 or BUS 405.

  • ACT 620

    Advanced Auditing Theory -Dissecting Financial Statements

    3 credits

    This course will teach students how to review, detect, and investigate possible financial statement fraud utilizing knowledge learned in the Auditing and Fraud
    Examination courses. Prerequisite: MAC 551.

Also Available:

  • MBA in day, evening, and/or online formats with concentrations in administration, management, project management and supply chain management.

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