Master of Business Administration

MBA-Accounting Emphasis

The MBA-Accounting Emphasis program includes 33 semester hours of required graduate courses including seven core courses, three business electives, and one accounting elective.  The program provides the additional course work that students need to sit for the CPA exam and become licensed as a CPA*. The MBA-Accounting Emphasis program provides students with an excellent graduate business education that includes a variety of general business topics in addition to the advanced accounting subjects.

*Exact requirements to sit for the CPA exam and to become licensed as a CPA vary by state. Visit the Board of Accountancy in the state in which you intend to practice to get the most up-to-date and accurate information.

The MBA-Accounting Advantage

Our alumni and their employers report that they value the Winthrop MBA-Accounting degree because of the business administration skills our graduates learn.  Unlike a Master of Science in Accountancy, which focuses solely on accounting subjects, the MBA-Accounting degree gives our alumni knowledge of strategic management, organizational behavior, marketing, and other key topics that contribute to business success.

Graduates of our MBA-Accounting program pursue careers at PWCDeloitteErnst&YoungKPMG, and Grant Thornton; as well as local CPA firms, the S.C. state auditor's office, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Internal Revenue Service, large banks, and other well-known private and public organizations.

What Students Say

"I enjoy the small intimate setting along with the quality of education. Also I appreciate the connection faculty make with real-world working environments."

"The instructors are knowledgeable; they are willing to work with me. I am not just a number."


Core Requirements:

ACCT 606: Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 607: Tax Research
ACCT 609: Advanced Auditing
ACCT 510: Advanced Managerial Accounting*
FINC 680: Financial Policy Management
MGMT 682: Organizational Behavior/Organizational Development
MGMT 684 Strategic and International Issues in Management
ACCT 616,617,618,619 (CPA Exam Labs)

*If ACCT 510 is taken as an undergraduate student, choose another 500-level ACCT course.

One 500-level ACCT course.

Two 600-level courses from the following course designator sections:


One 500 or 600-level course from the following course designator sections:



Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-accredited college or university, or who have not had appropriate training in business administration, accounting, or economics may be required to complete a number of prerequisites.

ACCT 280: Accounting Principles I
ACCT 281: Accounting Principles II
ACCT 303: Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 305: Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 306: Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 309: Cost Accounting
ACCT 401: Introduction to Tax
ECON 215: Principles of Microeconomics and ECON 216: Principles of Macroeconomics
ACCT 551: Business Law and Ethics for Accounts or BADM 350: Legal Environment of Business
FINC 311: Principles of Finance
MGMT 355: Business Communication or MGMT 680: Organizational Leadership Communications*
QMTH 205: Applied Statistics I and QMTH 210: Business Analytics
QMTH 680: Statistical Methods and Research*
MGMT 326: Sustainable Operations or MGMT 683: Sustainable Operations* 

*These 600-level classes can simultaneously fulfill the prerequisite requirement and count as an elective toward the degree.