Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting (MBA) - Accelerated Online Program


An Accounting degree opens more opportunities than any other degree.  It qualifies you for senior-level positions in corporate or government environments.  In addition to learning about management theories, techniques, and tools, a Specialization in Accounting gives you that unique edge whereby you can analyze financial information in greater depth, use it to measure performance, and develop plans for the future.  You may also use this combination of skills in business advising – either within your organization or to external clients.

Some career pathways for an MBA in accounting include management analyst, financial manager, personal financial advisor, chief financial officer, and business development manager. 

In our MBA program in accounting, we start you off by understanding financial and managerial accounting theory and their application in decision-making.  Then you will review in more significant detail key aspects of financial reporting, develop financial analysis skills, and learn to use accounting information in decision-making.  We will further expose you to accounting and control issues and how to use historical data for future planning.  You will learn about the legal environment of business and corporate law, which affects all organizations.  Finally, you will learn about fundamental concepts in healthcare finance, accounting, budgeting, planning, and forecasting in a health care environment, a fast-growing segment of our society.  You will delve into cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior, break-even analysis, and activity-based costing.

By selecting appropriate courses, you can further specialize in the corporate tax environment in the United States as well as Internationally and become conversant with international laws.  These courses will give you a further advantage in specialized corporate careers.

Please note that an MBA with Accounting Specialization will not adequately prepare you to take the CPA examination. Please refer to our website for information on the Master’s Program in Accountancy, which is designed to qualify you to take the CPA examination 

This program is accelerated and is 100% online. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in business administration, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours or a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the UTRGV Pre-MBA Graduate Certificate with no C grade.  
  2. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  4. Respond to 5 short answer questions provided on application to demonstrate writing competency and communication skills
  5. GMAT Exam with a minimum score 400 or the GRE test with minimum scores of 146 Verbal and 146 Quantitative

A waiver of the GMAT requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of one of the following:

  • Another graduate degree (master’s or doctoral)
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 in upper-division courses in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  • A waiver may be granted to those students who have more than four years of upper managerial experience in supervisory roles, control of budgets, and decision-making

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Academic Standing

Three C Rule 

A student who earns three C’s in the MBA Program will be placed on suspension and is ineligible to continue. The student may appeal the suspension to the MBA Committee.

"F" Rule 

A student who receives a grade of F will be automatically dismissed from the MBA Program. The student may appeal the dismissal from the MBA Program to the MBA Committee

Program Requirements

Leveling Courses - 9 Hours

All students entering the MBA Program can comply with the Leveling Courses requirement by completing equivalent undergraduate coursework with a grade of B or higher. Students without the required background must complete the following courses as applicable:

ACCT 6301Accounting for Managers


FINA 6303Introduction to Finance


QUMT 6303Statistical Foundations


Required Courses - 27 Hours

ACCT 6320Accounting and Financial Analysis


ECON 6350Managerial Economics


FINA 6340Advanced Corporate Finance


INFS 6330Information Systems for Managers


MARK 6310Marketing Strategy


MGMT 6330Organizational Behavior


MGMT 6360Operations Management


MGMT 6390Strategic Management


QUMT 6310Business Research


Specialization Courses - 9 Hours

ACCT 6305Healthcare Accounting


ACCT 6325Accounting for Management Planning and Control


ACCT 6333Business Law for Accountants


Total Credit Hours: 36