Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with Accounting Concentrations in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas-Dallas offers a professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish and a hybrid MBA that takes 21 to 23 months to complete. The AACSB International-accredited PMBA utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams and online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing." The hybrid MBA programs allows students to complete their degree by attending just five classroom retreats, through online coursework, and via web conferences.
The 53-credit-hour online MBA and hybrid programs offer 24 hours of electives, with an impressive 12 concentrations. Just a few include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. All online MBA students, regardless of concentration, are encouraged to participate in the school's International Study Programs which "give direct exposure to business in a global context."
2. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54-credit-hour online MBA with five optional specializations. Students may specialize in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, or Supply Chain Management. The AACSB International-accredited program combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies.
While coursework for the online MBA program may be completed entirely online, all students will participate in “three-day long residencies in cities around the world,” which offer “real-world experiences.” One residency requires students to meet “face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing. Students also participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.”
The online MBA program at Syracuse University, better known as [email protected], may be completed in as little as two years.
3. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
The Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program requires 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives. Students have a number of emphasis areas to choose from including Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
Students that would like to take some face-to-face classes may take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg springs, SC. All MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
4. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program featuring courses in Applied Integrated Management. The College also offers a dual MBA/MS-Finance degree and a MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) program. All three programs may be completed fully online “with no campus presence.”
The online MBA program offers eight optional concentrations from Accounting to Supply Chain Management. The online dual MBA/MS-Finance offers six optional concentrations, and the MBA/MSE- ISE offers four optional concentrations including ISE, Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering, Information Systems, and Program Management and Product Development.
As part of the College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn, all online MBA programs are accredited by AACSB International.
5. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Brenau University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed 100% online or via a blended format. The program offers nine concentration from Accounting and Entrepreneurship to Finance, Marketing, and Management. The Finance concentration leads to a MBA + a Certificate in Finance. Concentration courses for the blended format are offered primarily online, with core course availability online or on campus.
The business programs at Brenau University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
6. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University offers the first distance learning program in Strategic Healthcare Management and Strategic Business Management in the State of New York. Both 48-credit-hour programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited program is open to both domestic and international students, with a student body consisting of individuals from 73 countries and 51 U.S. states.
7. Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
Upper Iowa University (UIU) offers a 39-credit-hour online MBA with six emphasis areas including Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development. The program features asynchronous courses that allow students to attend classes on their own schedule. UIU offers six, eight-week terms each year and students may begin the degree program during any term. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the online MBA at UIU does not require any residencies.
8. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online MBA with eight specializations. Options include Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, Project Management, and Sport Business. The 36-credit-hour program allows students to pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently. In addition, students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year.” An internship opportunity is also open to all students.
The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
9. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
Columbia College offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program with an optional Accounting track or an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Students can expect to take 12 hours of foundation courses, 24 hours of cores, and nine additional hours if a track or emphasis is chosen. Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
10. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers a 36-credit-hour and 45-credit-hour MBA program. Both programs may be completed entirely online. Students can expect an eight-week online format that allows them to complete their MBA "any time during the week, day or night, with no required log-in times," according to the school. Students have 10 concentration options to choose from including Accounting, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations. The ACBSP-accredited MBA program at Liberty University may be completed within five years.
11. Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
The College of Commerce and Business and Administration at Jacksonville State University offers an MBA program that requires a 30 semester hours of graduate business courses for the General MBA program and 33 semester hours for the Accounting concentration. The program may be completed entirely online or through a combination of online, on-campus, and evening courses. Accredited by AACSB International, the online MBA program at Jacksonville State University takes as few as 18 months to complete.
12. University of Phoenix, Multiple Locations
The University of Phoenix offers an online MBA that consists of 36 to 54 credit hours of study. Students must take 36 credit hours of cores + 15 credits of elective courses to complete a focus area. Focus areas include Accounting, Energy Management, Global Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management. The ACBSP-accredited online MBA is designed to take just 18 months to complete.
13. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The School of Leadership and Business at Regent University offers an ACBSP-accredited online MBA program that may be completed in as little as 16 months. The 42-credit-hour program features majors in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Investing, Franchising, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, and Marketing. Students will complete the MBA requirements over two 8-week sessions offered each fall, spring, and summer. While coursework for the MBA may be completed online, students may participate in an optional two-day, on-campus residency which provides face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers.
14. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
The College of Business at Tennessee Technological University offers an online MBA program that takes just one year to complete. The 30-credit-hour program offers concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management Information systems. Students also have the option to take the General MBA—with no concentration. Students interested in some face-to-face instruction may earn their degree through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
The online MBA at Tennessee Technological University is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
15. Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce Texas
Texas A&M University’s College of Business offers an MBA program that may be completed entirely online. The 30- to 48-credit-hour program offers Minor options in Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Management of Technology. Students may also earn an MBA in British Studies, which would require a summer session at King’s College in London. The Online MBA program at Texas A&M is accredited by AACSB International.
16. Brandman University, Irvine, California
Brandman University offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or through a blended (on-campus and online) format. Either format may be customized by choosing electives in the areas of Accounting, E-Business Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing or Organizational Leadership. Courses for the online MBA program and the blended MBA are eight weeks in length and they are offered six times year round.
Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
17. Regis University, Denver, Colorado
The College of Professional Studies at Regis University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. Students may choose the General MBA curriculum or an area of specialization. Specializations include Finance and Accounting, Health Industry Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Performance Management, and Strategic Management. The college also offers a unique bilingual MBA option—Emerging Markets (ITESO Bilingual Program) and an accelerated online MBA option.
The College of Professional Studies at Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
18. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business offers an online MBA program that may be completed in just 23 months. The AACSB International-accredited program requires 40 to 46 credit hours of study and there are no local or international residency requirements. Students have a number of concentrations to choose from such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, and Sport Management.
Students will complete coursework for the online MBA program in an asynchronous format which allows them to access courses any time. Instruction and content are delivered via recorded online lectures, discussions, presentations, and chats. Students can expect a team-based cohort format and programs start in January and August.
19. American Public University System, Charles Town, West Virginia
American Public University offers a 39-credit-hour online MBA program that does not require any residencies. A General Business curriculum is available as well, plus 11 concentration areas. Concentrations include Accounting, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Global Business Management, Health Care Administration, Homeland Security Resource Allocation, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management. The program (with concentration) is designed to take two years to complete. However, many students take longer to complete the ACBSP-accredited program.
20. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
The DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. The virtual program, which features “advanced technologies comparable to Second Life® and other virtual world and gaming applications,” takes just 25 months to complete. Known as the IWU Virtual MBA Program, the online program offers two specialization options including Executive Management and International Business.
Students may begin the program several times a year, but start dates are updated regularly, so prospective students must inquire within.
The DeVoe School of Business has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The school is currently a candidate for accreditation.
21. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas
The College of Business at Texas A&M’s College of Business Administration (Kingsville) offers a Global MBA program that may be completed “exclusively online.” The 30-credit-hour program features advanced coursework in Global Accounting, Global Economics, Global Finance, and more. Students may take up to nine electives in other areas of business as well from Accounting to Technology. The Global MBA program at Texas A&M takes 24 to 30 months to complete and it is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
22. Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
The College of Business at Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a number of MBA degrees for aspiring business professionals of all kinds. Students may opt for the General MBA, which consists of 34 credit-hours of study or add an additional eight credits to earn an MBA emphasis in one of six areas. Emphasis areas include Accounting, Finance, Health Systems Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Strategic Human Resource Management. An additional 46-credit-hour MBA program is available for students that have not met prerequisite requirements, as well as a Dual MBA/MS in Leadership. The ACBSP-accredited MBA programs at GCU may be completed entirely online in as little as 18 to 23 months
23. Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin offers a 39-credit-hour MBA program “rooted in Christian ethics.” The program may be completed 100% online and it offers 13 concentrations. Options include Accounting, Corporate Communication, Environmental Studies, Finance, Health Care Administration, Health Care Administration for Health Care Practitioners, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration, and Risk Management. Online MBA students may “start anytime in an individualized program.”
The business programs at Concordia University Wisconsin are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
24. DeVry University, Multiple Locations
The Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University offers a 48-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online or through a combination of on campus and online courses. Program lengths vary based on the number of courses taken per session, with sessions lasting eight weeks. If a student takes one class per session, they may complete the MBA program in as few as 32 months. The online MBA features 19 concentrations including:
Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics Management, Customer Experience Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Health Services, Hospitality Management, Human Resources, Information Security, Information Systems Management, International Business, Marketing, Network & Communications Management, Project Management, Public Administration, Security Management, and Sustainability Management.
With the exception of the MBA with a concentration in Accounting, which is ACBSP-accredited, the MBA programs at Keller are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
25. Florida Tech University Online (of Florida Institute of Technology), Melbourne, Florida
Florida Tech University offers an online MBA program that allows students to select one specialization or customize their General MBA curriculum by choosing coursework from 10 specializations. Options include Accounting, Accounting & Finance, Finance, Healthcare Management, Information Technology Management, Internet Marketing, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Project Management. The 36-credit-hour program may be completed in two years or less.
As part of Florida Institute of Technology, the business programs at Florida Tech University Online are regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Florida Institute of Technology is approved by the Office of Education of the U.S. Department of Education.