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Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 16 months* Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $16,434 *Program duration may depend on course load and availability. Please consult with your advisor.

Gain expertise and credentials from this UWF Accounting Degree

Gain insight into UWF’s online MBA in Accounting program

Accelerate your accounting career as you build financial, leadership, team-building and communication skills. UWF's MBA with an emphasis in Accounting online gives you deep, real-world knowledge of accounting that is immediately applicable and helps prepare you for the CPA exam.

Note: The MBA with an emphasis in Accounting is only available to students with an equivalent of significant undergraduate coursework in accounting in addition to the foundational proficiencies. For more information, contact the Graduate Admissions Office.


Gain a professional advantage with UWF’s unique MBA portfolio

What you’ll gain from this program:

  • Ability to analyze key elements of a complex business problem to identify the problem and come up with appropriate alternatives and a sound recommendation
  • A thorough understanding of a company and its related industry from financial, marketing, supply chain, economic, information systems and strategic perspectives
  • Expertise in analyzing the effect of economic, regulatory and tax policies on the business environment
  • Teamwork skills, including leadership, group problem-solving and consensus-building
  • Leadership skills to help you direct and effectively manage others and to help an organization excel
  • Advanced managerial understanding of accounting control structures, budget and performance evaluation, and accounting information systems
  • Knowledge of the principles of financial accounting for governmental and nonprofit organizations
  • Federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders, including incorporation, earnings, distributions and reorganizations
  • Understanding of estate and gift taxation and Subchapter J


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UWF offers affordable tuition

Tuition for UWF's online degrees make them some of the most affordable programs in the state of Florida. The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting online.

A discount price is also available to active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military. Please call our enrollment specialists at 877-588-2502 for more information.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program Per Program with Military Discount
MBA – Accounting $456.50 $1,369.50 $16,434 $15,300

*Per course amount based on three-credit course.


A $30 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Refund Policy

Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the effect on financial aid eligibility prior to dropping or withdrawing. To understand the refund/repayment policy, you must understand the difference between a drop and a withdrawal.

  • Dropped courses are courses removed from your schedule before the fee payment deadline
  • Withdrawals occur after the fee payment deadline

Refunds are calculated by determining the point in the semester that the student either drops or withdraws. The calculation is also based on whether the student drops or withdraws from all courses or individual courses.

Refunds During the Drop/Add Period

100% of tuition is refunded for each credit hour dropped during the drop/add period. The refund is applied to any financial aid that was disbursed to the student if the drop results in a change to enrollment status. If the amount of the refund does not cover the amount owed to financial aid, the student will be billed for the difference.

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Know the schedule for our master’s in accounting program

Term Course Start Date Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline*** Drop/Add Period
Summer 1 2022 May 16, 2022 April 18, 2022 May 15, 2022 May 22, 2022 May 16, – May 22, 2022
Summer 2 2022 June 27, 2022 May 30, 2022 June 26, 2022 July 06, 2022 June 27, – July 03, 2022
Fall 1 2022 August 22, 2022 July 25, 2022 August 21, 2022 August 28, 2022 August 22, – August 28, 2022
Fall 2 2022 October 17, 2022 September 19, 2022 October 16, 2022 October 23, 2022 October 17, – October 23, 2022
Spring 1 2023 January 9, 2023 December 13, 2022 January 8, 2023 January 15, 2023 January 9, – January 15, 2023
Spring 2 2023 March 6, 2023 Feburary 7, 2023 March 6, 2023 March 12, 2023 March 6, – March 12, 2023
Summer 1 2023 May 15, 2023 April 18, 2023 May 14, 2023 May 21, 2023 May 15, – May 21, 2023
Summer 2 2023 June 26, 2023 May 30, 2023 June 25, 2023 July 24, 2023 June 26, – July 07, 2023

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.

***Tuition/fees not paid by the deadline will be charged a $100 fee. Students with an outstanding balance after the Add/Drop period will be purged from their course and will be assessed a $200 fee if reinstated.


MBA in Accounting Online Requirements

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The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting Online Requirements

Any individual with a bachelor’s degree with relevant undergraduate coursework and foundational proficiencies is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting online program. Admission to the program is selective and based on a combination of factors, including academic and professional achievement.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies
  • UWF Approved Accrediting Agencies [+/-]

    UWF will only accept credits from institutions whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies, outlined below:

    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    • Middles States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
    • Northwest Commissions on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
    • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Significant equivalent undergraduate coursework in accounting is required along with foundational proficiencies
  • Official transcripts (sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School, bearing an official seal and signature) from all previously attended universities. Students who received their undergraduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    The University of West Florida Graduate School
    Attention: Graduate Admissions
    11000 University Parkway, Building 11
    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
  • International students may have additional requirements.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher—or 2.75 with at least 8 years of relevant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • TEMPORARILY WAIVED: Furnish two signed letters of recommendation, which should be academic or professional in nature. Students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher may be waived from this requirement.
  • Copy of professional résumé
  • Graduate level motivation and writing abilities as noted in essay responses within application
  • Business course academic preparation

GMAT/GRE may be waived if one of the following criteria is met:


  • GPA of at least 3.25
  • GPA of at least 3.0 and at least 3 years relevant work experience in an organization (for-profit or not-for-profit) that would normally require an undergraduate degree to obtain experience at running an entrepreneurial business
  • GPA of at least 2.75 and at least 8 years of relevant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Passed all 4 parts of the CPA examination as documented by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
  • Applicants possessing an earned master's degree
  • Completion of the UWF Graduate Business Foundation Certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a résumé and any requested supporting documents. Our admission committee evaluates an individual’s accomplishments, roles and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience. Normally, professional experience begins at the point of graduation; however, the University of West Florida may consider prior work experience based on type of experience.

Foundation course work and prerequisites

An undergraduate business degree is not required for admission to the online MBA program. Approximately one-third of students enter the program with no prior business course work. However, foundation-level proficiency in the major functional areas of business is required to be successful in the program. These include accounting, economics, statistics, management, and marketing.

UWF offers accelerated MBA foundation courses for applicants to meet the foundational proficiencies necessary to begin MBA core courses. This series of 1.5-credit-hour intensive modules covers essential foundational knowledge in each of the prerequisite business subjects. For more information about this option, please call 877-588-2502.

Another option is GEB 5535 MBA Foundations—a 3-credit hour, 7-week all-inclusive prerequisite course that is graded on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.



See the topics you’ll study in our MBA in Accounting online program

For the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting online, the curriculum consists of 36 semester credit hours. Students are able to select their own industry to ensure the knowledge and skills gained are applicable to current job responsibilities while preparing for new opportunities upon graduation.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

An introductory MBA core course in which students must combine the practical skills and discipline of specific concepts in order to solve a complex, integrated real-life business problem. Serves as an initial integrating experience from which to launch students into the core MBA study.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

Provides the background for beginning the MBA Portfolio. Gives introduction to information resources available to perform business problem analysis. Students learn to prepare a thorough analysis of their Portfolio industry.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the development of quantitative and analytical skills required to model, analyze, interpret and solve managerial decision-making problems. Contains a portfolio project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Appreciation and understanding of the field of organizational behavior and its application in managing human and other resources. Emphasizes understanding individual behavior (motivation, self-awareness, leadership, etc.) and group dynamics (decision-making, group development and work), plus conflict, climate, learning styles, power, stress, process/content, human rights and quality. Utilizes experiential learning methodologies and other appropriate designs. May not be taken for credit by students having credit for INP 6397.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Management control and behavior, control structures, responsibility accounting, cost/profit/investment centers, budgets and performance evaluation, control of projects, control in service, and non-profit organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Concepts of competition as they relate to business management policies and practices; profit goals and measurement problems; multiple product policy; demand analysis; cost concepts; pricing problems; case studies. Contains a Portfolio project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced treatment of investment and financing decisions of firms, emphasis on current theory and practice. Course contains a Portfolio project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Creation of enduring and mutually satisfactory customer relationships through the provision of customer value as an enterprise management philosophy. With consideration given to operating environments, the course is designed to teach the formulation, implementation, and control of comprehensive marketing strategy with emphasis on the integrative aspects of the marketing function in a market-based enterprise. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses are used in applications oriented context. Contains a Portfolio project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Utilizes case analysis, a strategic simulation and other related experiential exercises. Integrates and applies the various business management functions from the strategic viewpoint of the organizational chief executive officer.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with quantitative skills that are required to make business decisions. These skills involve using statistical, forecasting and estimation techniques. Students are expected to use the subject matter for problem sets and exams.


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All students will take ACG6805 and ACG6856, and either TAX5105 or BUL5831, based on course availability.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A blend of traditional and contemporary accounting issues with focus on the development of financial accounting theory, the relationship of theory and research to standard setting, and discussion of current accounting standards. Examines the objectives, measurement models, controversies, and philosophy of financial accounting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to broaden students’ conceptual and technical understanding of attestation services, assurance services, and services related to unaudited financial statements. The course includes research, interpretation, and application of current professional standards for auditing, assurance, review and compilation services that are performed in industry, governmental, nonprofit and international environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of selected topics in law pertaining to business transactions, business environment and associations, and financial securities. (Students may take TAX5105 in place of this course).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders, with special emphasis on incorporation, earnings, distributions, reorganizations, liquidations and Subchapters. (Students may take BUL5831 in place of this course).


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