With MBA@Syracuse, the online MBA program offered by Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, students gain essential business skills while continuing to work and maintain their commitments. The online MBA program was ranked in the top 40 by U.S. News & World Report1 and in the top 25 by The Princeton Review,2 both in 2019.
Why Specialize Your Master’s Degree in Accounting?
Syracuse’s online MBA Accounting specialization prepares students to advance their careers in accounting fields across a range of industries. Coursework explores current issues in accounting, preparing students with the foundation they need to evaluate, analyze, and strategize operational decisions in corporate and small-business environments.
Alumni of the online MBA program have advanced in well-known financial and accounting organizations such as Ares Management, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, and OppenheimerFunds.
Online Accounting Curriculum
All MBA students will take 36 credits of core courses, which include Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. To fulfill the Accounting specialization, students choose three of the following elective courses:
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Cost Analysis & Control
Principles of Taxation
Auditing Theory & Practice
Advanced Financial Accounting
Principles of Fraud Examination
International Accounting & Reporting
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Topics in Auditing
Taxes & Business Strategy
Students may choose to take up to five electives. The online MBA degree program with an Accounting specialization can be completed in as few as 24 months.
Accounting Learning Outcomes
After completing the accounting specialization courses, students will gain:
advanced knowledge of theory and practice within traditional topics such as taxation, financial reporting, auditing, and cost accounting
opportunities to study in emerging fields such as forensic accounting and international accounting
an emphasis on the ability to analyze and think critically about business questions
training in the use of research databases
a strong grounding in the ethical dimension of the profession
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Ready to advance into leadership roles in your organization? Request information today to see how MBA@Syracuse can help you reach your career goals.
The Whitman School seeks motivated applicants who want to apply management and accounting skills to their careers and organizations. Candidates who have at least five years of professional work experience may qualify for a GMAT waiver when applying to the online MBA program. See upcoming application deadlines.
"Everything you end up doing, as you work your way up management levels, is going to be impacted by accounting. Accounting is how you measure not only the performance of your division, but your performance and your people’s performance. Knowing how that works is pretty valuable."
Bill Walsh Retired Professor of Accounting Practice
Studying Accounting at Whitman
Accounting classes in the MBA@Syracuse program are offered through the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting. In online and on-campus programs, students explore how financial management affects today’s businesses. Expert faculty share their invaluable experiences developing and executing financial strategies for organizations.
MBA vs. Master’s in Accounting
In addition to the MBA program with an Accounting specialization, the Whitman School also offers a full online master’s degree program in accounting. The Master of Science in Professional Accounting is designed for students who want to become accountants and/or sit for the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) exam.
The online MBA with an Accounting specialization provides a well-rounded education to future business leaders. With the additional accounting expertise, professionals gain a competitive edge that positions them for roles as managers, directors, or executives.
Featured Whitman Faculty
The expert faculty for the Whitman School of Management and Lubin School of Accounting bring their academic knowledge and practical experience into the classroom. Meet some of the faculty who teach courses for the Accounting specialization.
Professor Comprix has worked as a staff accountant and accounting manager at Mead Corp., and he teaches financial accounting. Comprix was named the Whitman Graduate Faculty of the Year from 2011 to 2013. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.
Associate Professor of Accounting, Chair of the Lubin School of Accounting
Professor Walsh is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Walsh was the 2006–07 recipient of the Whitman School of Management’s Oberwager Prize, honoring faculty who influence students outside of the classroom. He teaches courses in accounting as well as entrepreneurship.
Retired Professor of Accounting Practice
See what Professor Walsh has to say about the Accounting specialization.
Online and In-Person Learning
With MBA@Syracuse, students gain leadership and management skills through live online classes, multimedia assignments, and in-person learning. Students discuss accounting theories and applications in class after completing related interactive coursework at their own pace each week.
MBA students also attend three in-person residencies, where they apply their skills and network with classmates and faculty. These immersive, multiday events are held in major cities around the world.
Several past residencies have focused on accounting topics, such as a recent residency exploring accounting for small businesses.
Syracuse’s Career Services team is dedicated to helping students develop the skills and credentials to reach their goals before and after graduation. Our team of experts provides career coaching, resume review, and interview preparation to equip students with the tools to succeed.
"I’m a mother, owner of an accounting practice, controller of an insurance brokerage, real estate investor, and landlord. Once I complete MBA@Syracuse, I hope to pass the New York State CPA exam and be able to further grow my accounting practice, armed with the credentials I need."
Christine Bergold, MBA@Syracuse Graduate Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Custom Computer Specialists Formerly Controller at Halland Companies LLC
Accounting Alumni Network
Alumni of the Whitman School of Management and Lubin School of Accounting live and work all over the world. The Whitman Accounting Alumni Council was established to nurture the expansive network of accounting alumni as well as other alumni practicing in the field.
The Accounting Alumni Council organizes various activities and resources to keep alumni in touch with one another as well as with Syracuse, including the following:
Networking and social events, including happy hours and meetups at sporting events
Presentations given to students by accounting alumni
E-newsletters and an accounting alumni directory
Careers in Accounting and Related Fields
Graduates of an MBA program with a specialization in Accounting do not generally pursue careers as accountants, but rather as managers and leaders who help their organizations apply accounting best practices to achieve business success.
Below are some examples of positions these graduates may hold:
Budget analysts help institutions organize their finances by preparing budget reports and monitoring spending.
Financial analysts guide businesses and individuals making investment decisions by assessing performance of stocks and bonds.
Financial managers produce reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies for an organization’s long-term financial goals.
Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency by reducing costs and increasing revenues.
Chief financial officers devise financial strategies and help coordinate operational activities to ensure that an organization meets its goals.
Take the Next Step
Ready to improve your accounting skills and make a difference for your organization? Request information about the online MBA with an Accounting specialization today.