MBA in Accounting

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MBA With Accounting Track Program Overview

Our AACSB-accredited online Master of Business Administration with accounting emphasis is designed for students looking to strengthen their strategic thinking, decision-making, and business acumen while mastering traditional and contemporary accounting practices.

This 33- to 42-credit online program can be completed in as little as four semesters and will equip you with the specialized skills and knowledge you need to take on competitive leadership roles in accounting.

Designed with flexibility and customization in mind, the program offers two tracks: a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) track and a non-CPA track that allows you to customize your degree and focus on your unique areas of interest.

Track Options

Narrow your accounting focus by selecting electives based on your career goals.

CPA Track

The following electives should be selected if your focus is CPA certification:

  • ACCT 6305: Topics in Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 6313: Professional Ethics
  • ACCT 6315: Topics in Federal Income Tax

Non-CPA Track

The following electives should be selected if your focus is a broad study of accounting:

  • ACCT 6302: Contemporary Control Systems
  • ACCT 6315: Topics in Federal Income Tax
  • ACCT 6320: Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

Careers for MBA in Accounting Graduates

An MBA in accounting can provide students with opportunities in a diverse range of careers, including:

  • Accountant
  • Comptroller
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Auditing Manager
  • Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Tax Manager
  • Budget Analyst

Accreditation

UT Permian Basin’s College of Business is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Preparation Courses

Upon admission (regular and conditional), students will be evaluated for statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in this area are referred to BUSI2342 until literacy requirement is fulfilled. Statistical literacy, BUSI2342, must be remedied in the first semester in which the student is accepted into the MBA program and must be taken before the student enrolls in FINA 6321, FINA 6320, MRKT 6302, MNGT 6366, or electives in accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

Courses
Duration
Credits
BUSI 2342 - Principles of Statistics
8 weeks
3
The course is an introduction to the principles of statistics and their application to problems in business and economics. Topics include the basics of probability theory, descriptive statistics, sampling methods, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and the basics of linear regression.
Prerequisites: MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
Core Courses

12 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting information designed for the planning, assessment, and control of business entities. Emphasizes the use of information for decision-making.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
FINA 6320 - Financial Management
8 weeks
3
Survey of foundational concepts in finance; in particular, discounted cash flow analysis and its applications to valuation of bonds, stocks, and corporate capital assets. Introduction to the following topics: bond and stock markets; pricing mechanisms in those markets; relationship between risk and return; capital budgeting methods based on discounted cash flow valuation.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6360 - Organizational Behavior
8 weeks
3
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
8 weeks
3
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presence of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making with this matrix will be stressed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
Courses Beyond Core

21 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6311 - Information Systems Management
8 weeks
3
Methods and problem resolution in developing and managing company-wide information systems.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MNGT 6301 - Legal Environment of Business
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the role of law in our system of business and commerce both facilitating and constraining business decision-making. In addition, this course will introduce the operation of legal institutions and the fundamentals of legal reasoning.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
FINA 6321 - Corporate Finance & Strategy
8 weeks
3
Foundational concepts of modern corporate finance. Course topics include capital budgeting and long-term financing, capital budgeting concerns, and application of valuation methods to long-term investment decisions by the company. Long-term financing concerns and how the firm will raise funds to pay for its investments in capital projects is also explored. Other key topics include capital structure of the firm, managerial incentives and corporate control, and financial risk management.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6302 - Marketing Analytics
8 weeks
3
This course includes concepts of business and marketing analytics and practices the analytic methodologies to assist making better business and marketing decisions with hands-on learning experiences. Topics will include: Using R in Marketing Analytics; Marketing Content Analysis; Segmentation, Targeting & Positioning Analysis; Data Visualization, etc.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6366 - Strategic Management
8 weeks
3
Opportunity for development and implementation of knowledge from multiple disciplines and integration of viewpoints of different functions of an organization. Case evaluation and discussion are stressed.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6301 - International Business
8 weeks
3
The course investigates government and businesses across borders and the dynamics between countries/regions, including country profiles, regional integration, trade, law and foreign direct investment. This course is macro in nature and focuses on international business and its overriding theories, and how to apply them in management decisions.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6320 - Production & Operation Management
8 weeks
3
The role of the operations management function within the context of an organization, be it public or private, profit or nonprofit, manufacturing or service. The course emphasizes the application of concepts of in process analysis, material management, and quality management. Both quantitative and behavioral perspectives are presented.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
Accounting Elective Courses CPA Route

Please consult with your faculty advisor regarding courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6305 - Topics in Financial Accounting
16 weeks
3
Development of the theories, principles, and techniques of accounting for partnerships, branches, business combinations, and consolidations as well as multinational business organizations. Completion of the course requirements qualifies for 1 hour of research credit with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 6 credit hours of Intermediate Accounting are required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
ACCT 6313 - Professional Ethics
8 weeks
3
Historical development of ethical theories, roles of the professional in contemporary society with respect to economic, social, political, and technological problems. Case evaluations and discussion designed to develop professional standards for ethical behavior. ACCT 6301 or equivalent is required prior to enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
ACCT 6315 - Topics in Federal Income Tax
16 weeks
3
Federal Income Tax law, rules, and regulations relating to partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. Completion of the course requirements qualifies for 1 hour of research credit with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 3 credit hours of tax are required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
Accounting Elective Courses Non-CPA Route

Please consult with your faculty advisor regarding courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6302 - Contemporary Control Systems
16 weeks
3
A study of the design, implementation, and evaluation of control systems intended to support and direct strategic objectives of various organizations.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022
ACCT 6315 - Topics in Federal Income Tax
16 weeks
3
Federal Income Tax law, rules, and regulations relating to partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. Completion of the course requirements qualifies for 1 hour of research credit with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 3 credit hours of tax are required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
ACCT 6320 - Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
8 weeks
3
An advanced approach to fraud examination and forensic accounting. Topics include legal environment for fraud examiners, fraud prevention, investigation techniques, and financial statement frauds.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards
  • Official transcripts

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver will be required to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Waiver Policy

If you have an undergraduate degree in business, you may be able to complete the program with as few as 33 credit hours. If your undergraduate degree is not in business, you will have to complete all 42 credit hours.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Accounting
counts_r@utpb.edu

Associate Professor of Accounting
sullivan_c@utpb.edu

Assistant Professor of Accounting
nie_d@utpb.edu

Assistant Professor of Accounting
xu_c@utpb.edu

Director of Graduate Programs
Professor or Marketing
UT Permian Basin College of Business
saran_a@utpb.edu

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