Master of Business Administration (Accounting)


Love numbers? Whether you want to become a certified public accountant or work in business accounting or auditing, the M.B.A.-Accounting emphasis will provide the educational background, courses, and the number of hours that you need to get there.  You will learn from some of the best faculty in the profession. Our professors have real-world accounting expertise and teaching experience that allows them to convey accounting theories and skills in a way you can understand.  In our program, you will gain advanced knowledge in audit and taxation as well as managerial, financial, and forensic accounting.  Our program prepares you to succeed as a professional accountant in business, government, or non-profit organizations. You will have the opportunity to meet Accounting professionals through our professional networking events. The M.B.A.-Accounting also provides the required courses and Accounting knowledge you need to sit for the CPA examination. Our graduates are highly sought after throughout Texas and beyond, in this lucrative field with a growing demand for practicing professionals.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Core Skills

  1. Critical Thinking: M.B.A. Specific Application - Solve problems by applying knowledge to cases and challenges in organizations. General Employment Application - Use feedback from employees, environment, benchmarking, and innovation to generate multiple solutions, creative ideas, and effective strategies and to understand the industry/general environment.
  2. ​Diversity: M.B.A. Specific Application - Grasp knowledge of theory and legal statutes pertaining to workplace discrimination and diversity. General Employment Application - Implement fair selection practices and equal employee treatment while leveraging the benefits of workplace diversity.
  3. ​Ethical Reasoning: M.B.A. Specific Application - Recognize and solve ethical dilemmas from assigned cases and grasp theory of ethics in the workplace. General Employment Application - Make ethical decisions and create or support an ethical organizational climate.
  4. ​Teamwork: M.B.A. Specific Application - Work with teams on projects and/or grasp concepts related to group dynamics. General Employment Application - Ability to work with teams in a workplace setting and effectively manage workgroups.  Vital components of successful teamwork include learning and applying methods for group creation, role formation, successful team communication, team management, and the ability to produce results.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements


While a student pursuing this program does not need to have completed an undergraduate degree in Accounting, it is expected that the following TWU courses (or their equivalent) will have been satisfactorily completed prior to enrollment in the graduate Accounting courses required in this program: ACCT 2043, ACCT 2053, ACCT 3023, ACCT 3043, ACCT 3063, ACCT 3103, and ACCT 4423.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

33 SCH for students with a B.B.A. in Accounting from TWU.

Students should enroll in MGT 5893 in their final semester of the program, as they will be required to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in all of the other required courses.  For the Accounting program, ACCT 5733 is the capstone course and should be taken in the final semester of the program.  All of the undergraduate accounting prerequisite courses and at least three of the other required graduate accounting courses (ACCT 5423, ACCT 5473, and ACCT 5483) must be successfully completed before the start of ACCT 5733.

Required Courses for M.B.A. major
ACCT 5483Accounting for Management Control3
ACCT 5563Accounting Ethics3
BUS 5923Global Business3
FIN 5243Managerial Finance3
MGT 5263Organizational Behavior in Business Administration3
MGT 5663Decision Analysis for Managers3
MGT 5893Business Strategy and Policy (Capstone, must be taken in final semester)3
MKT 5133Marketing Management3
Required Courses for emphasis in Accounting
ACCT 5423Advanced Auditing3
ACCT 5473Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 5733Accounting Research (Capstone must be taken in the final semester, and after ACCT 5423, ACCT 5473, and ACCT 5483)3
ACCT 5063Tax Planning and Compliance3
or ACCT 5523 Information Systems Audit, Assurance, and Advisory
Total SCHs36