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Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting

The Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting gives you that unique edge whereby you can analyze financial information in greater depth, use it to measure performance, and develop plans for the future. You may also use this combination of skills in business advising – either within your organization or to external clients.

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About the Program

An Accounting degree opens more opportunities than any other degree.  It qualifies you for senior-level positions in corporate or government environments.  In addition to learning about management theories, techniques, and tools, a Specialization in Accounting gives you that unique edge whereby you can analyze financial information in greater depth, use it to measure performance, and develop plans for the future.  You may also use this combination of skills in business advising – either within your organization or to external clients.

Some career pathways for an MBA in accounting include management analyst, financial manager, personal financial advisor, chief financial officer, and business development manager. 

In our MBA program in accounting, we start you off by understanding financial and managerial accounting theory and their application in decision-making.  Then you will review in more significant detail key aspects of financial reporting, develop financial analysis skills, and learn to use accounting information in decision-making.  We will further expose you to accounting and control issues and how to use historical data for future planning.  You will learn about the legal environment of business and corporate law, which affects all organizations.  Finally, you will learn about fundamental concepts in healthcare finance, accounting, budgeting, planning, and forecasting in a health care environment, a fast-growing segment of our society.  You will delve into cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior, break-even analysis, and activity-based costing.

By selecting appropriate courses, you can further specialize in the corporate tax environment in the United States as well as Internationally and become conversant with international laws.  These courses will give you a further advantage in specialized corporate careers.

Please note that an MBA with Accounting Specialization will not adequately prepare you to take the CPA examination.  Please refer to our website for information on the Master’s Program in Accountancy, which is designed to qualify you to take the CPA examination.

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The objectives of this course are to review certain elements of financial reporting, develop financial analysis skills, and gain experience in using accounting information for decision-making. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 6301 or ACCT 2301 AND ACCT 2302
This course applies economic analysis to managerial issues in the business world. Specific topics considered include demand analysis, production and costs, pricing policies, and market structures. Extensive use is made of case studies.
The study of advanced topics and cases in corporate managerial finance. The course builds on the foundation finance course; and covers topics including valuation of securities, valuation of the business and investment decisions, capital structure, cost of capital, mergers, and acquisitions, working capital management, international corporate finance and risk management. Prerequisite: FINA 6303 or FINA 3380 or equivalent.
Alternative approaches to managing the resources (computers, networks, software, data, & people) that organizations utilize in applying information systems. The roles of the user/manager identifying opportunities, obtaining computer applications, and creatively using information technology to improve operational, tactical, and strategic planning and performance. Topics that will be covered include enterprise systems, managerial support systems, decision support systems, e-commerce applications.
This course is an advanced study of marketing policy and decision-making based upon a consumer orientation, innovation and creative adaptation to change, the cultural implication of marketing activities, and the role of theory in marketing. It investigates how marketing affects overall corporate and business decisions and gives students an opportunity to look at high-level strategic marketing decisions in product planning, promotion pricing, and distribution.
An analysis of formal organizational theory and the interrelationship of individuals in organizations. A study of the organization as a system of authority, status, leadership, direction, culture, ethics, communication and influence.
The study of the role of the production function in the business system and its relationship to marketing and finance. The focus is on the decision-making necessary for productivity improvement in the transformation process of manufacturing and non-manufacturing service organizations. Strategies of production system design, capacity management, quality management; production planning, inventory planning and control, facility location and supply chain management are explored. Systems studies include Just-in-Time, Total Quality Management and Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
This capstone course integrates knowledge in functional areas and covers strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Different types of organizations in all kinds of environments and industries are studied. Technology, culture, and ethics are important environmental variables considered.
Business research techniques and methodologies. Topics include scientific method, business information sources, research proposal development and evaluation, research design, scaling and instrument design, sampling design, statistical packages and applications, research reporting and writing, and ethical considerations in business research.
This is an applied finance and accounting health care course, designed to provide decision-makers with fundamental concepts in health care finance, accounting, budgeting, planning and forecasting. Students will gain an understanding of how to analyze financial statements and evaluate the financial conditions of various health care facilities. Students will also acquire an understanding of cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior, break-even analysis, and activity-based costing
An in-depth study of issues of business law relevant to the accounting profession. Ethical and global issues are emphasized
One from any of the accounting courses in the MACC Program for which the student has met the prerequisite(s).
An examination of financial and managerial accounting theory and concepts and their application in financial and managerial decision making.
This course introduces fundamental concepts of financial tools and analysis for making effective managerial decisions. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, decisions affecting the internal management of the firm, financial statement analysis, and operational planning and budgeting.
An introduction to statistical methodology to include probability concepts, inference techniques, analysis of variance, regression analysis, chi-square, and other nonparametric analyses. This course focuses on the use of the computer in performing statistical analysis.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

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No Application Fee
Graduation Fee: $50


Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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