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Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting Online

Prepare to meet the growing demand for accountants across various business sectors such as government, corporate and nonprofit.

12/13/21 Next Application Due Date
01/10/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Learn more about USC Aiken's online MBA Accounting program

$16,800* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
36-40 Credit Hours

The Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting online program at The University of South Carolina Aiken prepares graduates for rewarding opportunities in a broad range of industries. This online accounting MBA program emphasizes integrity and other critical knowledge related to the accountant''s role in such fields as audit and tax, financial advising, compliance, forensics, risk management, banking, consulting, information systems, and more.

All courses are taught by highly qualified professors, with a relevant business curriculum that prepares students to amplify their knowledge of the global, technological and ethical issues in today's business world. The degree program is accelerated and delivered in an online format that allows working professionals to enhance their management and leadership abilities while balancing career and personal obligations.


The School of Business Administration is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting.

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Find out how and when to pay

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$466.67 Per Credit Hour
$16,800* Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Total With Fees
MBA – Accounting $466.67 $1,400 $16,800*


  • Application fee: $45
  • Matriculation fee: $85 (a one-time fee for all newly admitted, degree-seeking students)
  • International application fee: $100
  • International student fee: $300
  • Readmitted student fee: $10
  • Reinstatement fee: $75 per occurrence

*If all foundation courses are required, tuition for the MBA with a Specialization in Accounting program would total $18,667. Tuition and fees do not include the cost of course materials/textbooks or any potential proctoring fees.

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USC Aiken is ranked #2 among the “Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News & World Report, 2020 – marking 22 consecutive top-3 rankings.


These are the milestones to guide your student journey

Designed for working professionals, USC Aiken online programs conveniently feature multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Now Enrolling:

12/13/21 Next Application Due Date
01/10/22 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 06/28/2021 06/07/2021 06/14/2021 06/22/2021 08/15/2021
Fall 1 08/23/2021 07/29/2021 08/06/2021 08/13/2021 TBD
Fall 2 10/18/2021 09/27/2021 10/04/2021 10/11/2021 12/06/2021
Spring 1 01/10/2022 12/13/2021 12/20/2021 01/04/2022 03/02/2022
Spring 2 03/14/2022 02/21/2022 02/28/2022 03/07/2022 05/03/2022

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View the qualifications for this online MBA in Accounting program

Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting online program, along with information on required documentation.

Online application plus application fee
Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Current resume detailing professional experience

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MBA Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Business Administration Accounting online program, applicants need to have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent and satisfy one of the following requirements.

A GMAT waiver is available to students who meet certain GPA criteria, as well as demonstrate the required years of post-baccalaureate work experience. To see if you qualify for the GMAT waiver, please consult the information below.

Please consult the full admissions chart

Less than 2 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 3.5+ No GMAT
  • GPA = 3.0-3.49 + GMAT OR
  • GPA = 3.0-3.49 GPA in 300 & 400 Level Courses

At least 2 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 3.0+ No GMAT
  • GPA = 2.75-2.99 + GMAT OR
  • GPA = 2.75-2.99 GPA in 300 & 400 Level Courses

At least 3 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 2.75+ No GMAT
  • GPA = 2.5-2.74 + GMAT OR
  • GPA = 2.5-2.74 GPA in 300 & 400 Level Courses

At least 4 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 2.5+ No GMAT
  • GPA = 2.25-2.49 + GMAT OR
  • GPA = 2.25-2.49 GPA in 300 & 400 Level Courses

At least 5 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 2.25+ No GMAT
  • GPA = 2.0-2.24 + GMAT OR
  • GPA = 2.0-2.24 GPA in 300 & 400 Level Courses

At least 6 years work experience

  • Minimum GPA = 2.0 No GMAT
  • 3.5+ GPA and less than 2 years work experience
  • 3.0+ GPA and 2+ years work experience
  • 2.75-2.99 GPA and 3+ years work experience

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for the Master of Business Administration programs. However, this program does not issue Form I-20 documentation for students to enter the United States with an F-1 visa. Since the method of delivery is 100% online, students can enroll in the USC Aiken MBA program from their home country anywhere in the world.

Students who have an undergraduate degree awarded from outside of the United States must take either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams to demonstrate English proficiency.

There is no provisional admission based upon English proficiency. Students must meet at least one of the requirements and send official test scores in order to be considered for admission:

  • TOEFL paper based test (PBT): 551 or higher
  • TOEFL internet based test (iBT): 80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.0 or higher band score with no sub score lower than 5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): 53 or higher

Required Documentation

To successfully complete the application process, you'll need to submit:

  • online application
  • non-refundable $45 application fee
  • current resume, with start and end dates included for each position
  • final official transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate coursework taken from accredited college or university attended. The transcript must document proof of degree(s) earned.

Official transcripts for all universities attended are to be sent directly from your institution to USC Aiken Graduate Admissions in a sealed envelope. Opened copies of transcripts are not official. Electronic transcripts are accepted only when sent directly from the universities to [email protected]. Electronic copies sent by the student are not considered official.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Attention: Graduate Office
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway, Box 35
Aiken, SC 29801

Or email [email protected]

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Advance your knowledge in these online graduate business classes

For the Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting, the curriculum is comprised of 12 courses covering 36 credit hours, including 15 hours of core courses, 12 hours of advanced courses, six hours of specialization courses, and a three-hour capstone course.* Students without an undergraduate business degree are required to complete an additional 1-4 credit hours of business foundation courses.

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Students without an undergraduate business degree must take the following courses.

Duration: 1-4 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

This course is a self-study and assessment of the student’s knowledge of the foundations of economics and/or statistics. Students take this course depending upon previous successfully completed coursework in economics and/or statistics. Students must successfully complete the assessment(s) as a prerequisite to taking advanced MBA courses.

Duration: 2-8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1-4

Foundational topics in management include the overall management process, the environment in which managers function, negotiation, conflict, communication, motivation theory, leadership theory, human resources management laws, delegation and other relevant fundamental management concepts. Foundational topics in marketing include the marketing concept, product analysis, consumer behavior, pricing, promotion and distribution. Foundational topics in accounting include accounting elements, fundamental generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and construction of financial statements. Foundational topics in finance include time value of money and capital budgeting. Students take one or more credits depending upon previous successfully completed coursework in business.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course studies the underlying concepts, theories and frameworks relating to leadership and team development and their application to manage employees effectively in the organization. It also examines various styles, processes, tools and techniques used by managers to communicate effectively. The course covers concepts relating to negotiation, active listening, and conflict resolution as well as their practical application.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to marketing in a customer-driven firm, focusing on essential marketing skills needed by successful managers in all business functions. Advanced topics include how individual and organizational consumers make decisions, segmenting markets, positioning the firm’s offering, effective marketing research, new product development, pricing strategies, communicating with consumers, and managing relationships with sales force and distribution partners. The course also studies how firms must coordinate these different elements of the marketing mix to ensure that all marketing activities collectively forge a coherent strategy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of relevant contemporary topics in financial accounting and reporting to include the fundamentals of the accounting process that provide a business manager the ability to read, analyze and interpret financial accounting data crucial to making informed economic decisions. Topics include transaction analysis, operating profitability, investing and financing activities, forecasting and valuation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A focus on the analysis of the firm’s operating, investing and financing activities and how changes in these activities affect firm value. Specifically, financial analysis techniques and applications, along with other relevant information, are used to make real economic based decisions. It requires one to have a fundamental understanding of elementary algebra, financial accounting, and statistics. Focus will be made on basic financial concepts, problem solving and case analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the application of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and marginal analysis to the process of optimal decision making. To help students better prepare for leadership positions in business, the course will cover relevant theoretical and applied economic concepts.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an analysis of legal and ethical issues as they relate to the business environment. By examining the application of law and ethics to a variety of business and corporate governance issues, it offers students an understanding of how businesses can comply with the law and use an ethical culture as a positive strategy for making successful business decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of the economic, political, cultural and legal environment in our global economy, emphasizing how successful companies operate in diverse foreign environments, engage in specialized transactions, and adapt market, financial and managerial strategies for optimal global operations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers some of the most widely used analytical tools necessary for making better management decisions. In order to apprise and evaluate quantitative information, students are introduced to several mathematical techniques that can be applied to business situations. Topics include concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling techniques, measures of central tendency and variation, probability distributions, estimating means and proportions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression analysis, nonparametric statistical methods, time series, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and Bayesian decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce fundamental processes of managing and controlling a variety of operations, covering both manufacturing and services sectors. Students will learn concepts, techniques, and tools to design, analyze and improve operational capabilities of an organization.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers advanced topics in accounting theory and practice as they relate to the preparation of financial statements, the use of accounting information for managerial decisions, and the legal environment affecting the accounting profession.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the critical role of information technology in the collection, storage, processing and retrieval of financial and accounting data for internal users to report information to management, investors, creditors and tax authorities. Includes the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data in order to quantify, describe, predict, and improve business performance.

Students must take the following course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the strategic management process and the formulation and application of functionally integrated business policy by top management. Emphasis is placed upon decision making in the face of changing conditions, to include vision and innovation. The course integrates theory and application from all functional areas of business including economics, marketing, management, accounting and international business. Special topics include firm analysis, vision statements, mission statements, and financial statement analysis.

*The USC Aiken MBA Program will consider transfer of graduate credit from other AACSB accredited MBA programs, up to a maximum of 6 credits.

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