Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    36
  • Cost Per Unit
    $662
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $24k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited
    ACBSP Accredited

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Fully Employed Master of Business Administration: Specialization in Accounting



Overview

Develop management skills in the growing fields of tax accounting, auditing, corporate finance, and non-profit finance. 

The purpose of the online Fully Employed Masters of Business Administration in Accounting degree program (MBA-ACC), is to equip students for professional advancements in a variety of senior level positions in finance. Students who complete their online MBA degree will be prepared for leading in areas of public accounting, corporate accounting, managerial accounting, and government and not-for-profit accounting. The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare graduates for the CPA exam and equip them with upper-level management skills.

Students in the online MBA in accounting degree program will receive advanced training in a broad set of skills and quantitative methods that will enable graduates to oversee all functional areas of an organization and be responsible for the strategic direction of companies or specific business units within operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and administration. CBU's online MBA degree program is uniquely designed for full and part time employed working professionals seeking to develop technical skills and leadership competencies.

Upon completion of an online MBA in Accounting, many individuals will go on to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams to become a licensed professional. For working professionals who have already attained certification, they will find an MBA opens up opportunities in advancement in the growing job market of finance. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, students graduating with an MBA are entering the best job market in a decade (1). The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected rapid growth for high-level accounting positions over the same time (2).

The Division of Online and Professional Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). As part of the on-going accreditation process, regular reports are submitted which identify, among other things, our plan for assessing student learning, faculty qualifications, and the deployment of faculty resources. You may download a copy of our Standard 4 student learning outcomes for degree programs, and Standard 6 rates for graduation, retention, and job placement results here.

ACBSP Assessment Report

CHEA Student Achievement

Student Testimonials

The online Fully Employed Masters of Business Administration degree in Accounting is designed to take students through a journey that embraces personal, professional, and spiritual transformation. Students graduating from the online MBA degree program will be equipped to ethically address complex accounting issues in a dynamic business environment. In addition, students will leave the program with the capacity to self-reflect, think critically, lead and engage others, and make effective decisions.

1. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-19/mbas-are-graduating-into-the-best-job-market-in-a-decade

2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

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Course Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Admission requirements for the MBA Accounting program:

  • Auditing
  • Federal Income Tax Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II

Additional prerequisites are satisfied upon successful completion of Foundations of Management (BUS 503).

Business Core Requirements (21 units)

Foundations of Management

Foundations of Management

A foundational course for all MBA students. It is designed to ensure all MBA students have the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the MBA program. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in finance, global business, economics, organizational behavior, operations management, human resources, ethics, and law. This course will also help students bridge the scholar-practitioner divide through teaching research and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the program. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2020
BUS503 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Dunbar, Scott Edward
Spring 2021
BUS503 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS503 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS503 AE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS503 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Marketing Management

Marketing Management

This course investigates the strategic implications and considerations of marketing management decisions. The course covers the formulation and implementation of effective planning for market development. Substantive and procedural aspects of marketing will also be addressed. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
BUS530 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Putulowski, Joe R.
Summer 2020
BUS530 BE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Putulowski, Joe R.
Spring 2021
BUS530 BE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2021
BUS530 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS530 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS530 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Economic Analysis for the Changing Business Environment

Economic Analysis for the Changing Business Environment

This course surveys economic theory, techniques for recognizing and interpreting economic indicators, analyzing industries, price elasticity, and business and economic cycles that affect organizations and industries. Prerequisite: BUS 217, BUS 218, or BUS 503. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
BUS535 CE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Castro, Juan Ramon
Summer 2020
BUS535 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Barnett, Douglas A.
Summer 2020
BUS535 BE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Tidwell, Steven L.
Summer 2021
BUS535 BE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS535 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Financial Management

Financial Management

The course focuses on the application and development of management decision making and problem solving skills in the financial area. Specific topics of discussion include financial statement analysis, credit and operational risk, financial planning and budgeting, asset valuation, cash flow analysis and capital budgeting, and firm valuation from a value-based management and corporate governance perspective. Prerequisite: ACC 250. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
BUS539 DE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Sauceda, Mary Jane
Summer 2020
BUS539 CE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Touhey, Debra Eileen
Summer 2020
BUS539 BE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Obradovich, John Daniel
Summer 2020
BUS539 AE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A George, Kenneth B.
Spring 2021
BUS539 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS539 BE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS539 CE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS539 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS539 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Quantitative Business Modeling

Quantitative Business Modeling

This course focuses in business computer applications for the manager. Computer models will be created to aid in forecasting, budgeting, and other decision-making processes. The emphasis will be placed on pro-forma financial statements as well as cash flow analysis. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2021
BUS542 BE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2021
BUS542 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2021
BUS542 CE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS542 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS542 BE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS542 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Global Business Management

Global Business Management

This course focuses on management perspectives, economics, finance, culture, politics, legal, and organizational issues associated with international business operations. Course materials address business strategies, enterprise management alternatives, political and economics relations, comparative national systems, and the global economy. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
BUS545 BE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Berliner, Thomas H.
Summer 2020
BUS545 CE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Whitlatch, William Leon
Summer 2020
BUS545 AE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Barnett, Douglas A.
Summer 2021
BUS545 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS545 BE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Strategic Management

Strategic Management

Using the case analysis method, a course in which students learn the tasks of strategic management in the business firm: establishing an effective vision; setting strategic and financial objectives that are grounded in solid market data; forming and implementing an appropriate strategy; and evaluating organizational performance. With written, verbal, and presentation assignments, students develop the ability to identify, analyze, and make recommendations regarding strategic organizational problems in order to learn a variety of conceptual approaches to strategic thinking.(3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
BUS547 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Bell, Richard Mark
Fall 2020
BUS547 BE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2020
BUS547 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Price, Todd A.
Spring 2021
BUS547 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS547 CE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS547 BE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
BUS547 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS547 CE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS547 BE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS547 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS547 BE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS547 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Interdisciplinary Culminating Project

Interdisciplinary Culminating Project

This course, by its very nature, is an opportunity for students to integrate and apply the summative knowledge and competencies accumulated during their MBA courses. The course is designed to assess cognitive, affective, practical and presentation skills. Students will integrate their Master?s coursework knowledge by developing an interdisciplinary final project that incorporates functional areas such as strategic management, operations, marketing, business law and regulations, finance, and HR issues. This project will encourage students to understand the internal mechanisms and structures of how firms build and sustain superior competitive positions and achieve long-run profitability. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2021
BUS593 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
BUS593 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
BUS593 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff

Accounting Specialization (15 units)

Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance

Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance

This course will cover advanced topics of independent assurance services such as principles and concepts related to evidence, risk assessment, and testing. Topics may also include statistical sampling techniques, special purpose reports, non-audit attest engagements, and forensic accounting. Particular attention will be placed on current issues such as recent changes in the standards for accounting and review engagements. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2020
ACC510 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Price, Tim E.
Fall 2021
ACC510 AE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Taxation for Business Entities

Taxation for Business Entities

This course will focus on the federal tax implications of the formation, activity, and dissolution of business entities such as corporations, estates, trusts, and partnerships. This course will also incorporate techniques for tax planning and research. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
ACC530 AE Session 1
05/04/2020
06/28/2020
Online N/A N/A Conlay, Gary Lynn
Fall 2020
ACC530 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
ACC530 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
ACC530 BE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
ACC530 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting

Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting

This course will focus on contemporary issues in financial accounting such as the convergence of U.S. and international accounting standards, segment and interim reporting requirements, SEC financial reporting, hedging of foreign currency risk, variable interest entities (VIEs), and other current accounting issues as they develop. Students will develop effective writing skills through the use of problems and assignments focused specifically on the writing requirements for accounting professionals. Prerequisite: Accounting Concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2021
ACC540 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
ACC540 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff
Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CPAs

Ethics and Professional Responsibility for CPAs

A number of ethical failures in business have resulted in the necessity for this course in recent years. As such, this course focuses on the ethical and professional responsibilities of CPAs in public and private practice. Ethical reasoning, corporate governance, decision making and ethical frameworks will be examined to provide a base of understanding. The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other professional standards will also be studied as they apply to the practice of accounting. Prerequisite: Accounting concentration. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2020
ACC550 AE Session 2
06/29/2020
08/23/2020
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Fall 2020
ACC550 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Touhey, Debra Eileen
Spring 2021
ACC550 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
ACC550 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
ACC550 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
ACC550 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Scott Dunbar

Scott Dunbar, D.B.A.

Program Director

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management / Director of the Masters in Business Administration/Director of Doctorate in Business Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-2193
Email: sdunbar@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Richard Ardito

Richard Ardito, D.B.A.

Associate Professor of Accounting/Discipline Lead Bachelor of Science Accounting/Director of Masters in Accounting

Office Phone: (951) 343-5574
Email: rardito@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Brian Bovee

Brian Bovee, MS

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Technology / Discipline Lead for Bachelor's Computer Information Technology

Office Phone: (951) 343-2456
Email: bbovee@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Greg Bowden

Greg A. Bowden, Ed.D.

Director of Educational Doctorate/Professor of Organizational Leadership

Office Phone: (951) 343-5560
Email: abowden@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Julianna Browning

Julianna Browning, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting / Director of M.S. in Accounting

Office Phone: (951) 343-3972
Email: jbrowning@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Kenny George

Kenny George, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Finance/Discipline Lead for Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Logistics & Operations

Office Phone: (951) 343-5567
Email: kgeorge@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Christina Gonzalez

Christina Maria Gonzalez, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Business/Chair, Business Department/Discipline Lead for Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Office Phone: (951) 343-2199
Email: cgonzalez@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth W. Minesinger, J.D.

Professor of Law / Assistant Dean, Departments of Business and Government

Office Phone: (951) 343-5566
Email: kminesinger@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Henry Petersen

Henry L. Petersen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Business Administration/Discipline Lead for Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-2457
Email: hpetersen@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Joe Putulowski

Joe R. Putulowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marketing

Office Phone: (951) 343-3949
Email: jputulowski@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Robert Shields

Robert Shields, Ed.D.

Director of Curriculum Development / Assistant Professor of Computer Information Technology

Office Phone: (951) 343-2175
Email: rshields@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
James Yoo

James Yoo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

Office Phone: (951) 343-3900
Email: jamyoo@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for conditional admission; 2.75 GPA for unconditional admission consideration
  • 500 word personal statement covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University
    • Factors that will make applicant a good MBA candidate

     


Step 1:

Apply Online

Step 1a:

Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

Your personal admissions counselor will contact you to assist with enrollment, registration and financing your education

Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan*

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Live your purpose. Follow your passion. CBU Online is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Earning your degree at CBU Online is a short term investment with long term dividends.

  • A cost effective education with financial aid options
  • Apply for aid by completing the FAFSA, work individually with caring staff to explore financing options to complete your education
  • Grants, Scholarships, Veteran’s Benefits, Employer Tuition Assistance, Student Loans and Financing Plans available for those who qualify
  • Yellow Ribbon Military Friendly School

Find and secure the resources you need to finance your educational investment. CBU Online works hard to provide an affordable and valuable education. We can help you identify, understand, and seek qualification for a variety of financing and financial aid options.

The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125

Click here for more Information about Financial Aid at CBU Online

Student Learning Outcomes

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Fully Employed Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Research and analyze systematic processes to inform decision-making that aligns with directing resources and aligning organizational goals.
  2. Apply theories of management to effectively and efficiently engage individuals and direct organizational, domestic, and international resources.
  3. Utilize biblical principles as a foundation to apply ethical and legal reasoning in organizational decision-making.
  4. Research and analyze marketing strategies and economic conditions to assess the impact of organizational decisions.
  5. Solve critical business problems using accounting, financial, and quantitative business analysis techniques.

Contact Us


Admissions

Phone: 951-343-3927
877-228-5657
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

CBU Online & Professional Studies Division

Phone: 951-343-3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

Financial Aid

Phone: 951-343-4236
Email: finaidops@calbaptist.edu

Student Accounts

Phone: 951-343-4371
Email: studentaccounts@calbaptist.edu

Disability Services

Phone: 951-343-2190
Email: dss@calbaptist.edu