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About the Master's in Accounting offered by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business

Why Pursue an M.B.A. in Accounting at Cedarville?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or are already serving as an accountant and seeking a graduate credential, Cedarville University’s Christian M.B.A. with an accounting concentration will help you meet the educational requirements to take the licensure exam and further expand your knowledge and organizational leadership skills. The fully online program will also equip you with foundational knowledge and practical skills to advance your career in business.

As with all our M.B.A. programs, you'll study business through a biblical lens that emphasizes:

  • Excellence in personal standards and discernment
  • Kingdom influence through serving others
  • Stewardship of God-given talents
  • Leadership with a servant's heart

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions prospective graduate students have when considering an M.B.A. program.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

Program Overview

Accounting Program Highlights

Accredited — Cedarville's M.B.A. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

Supportive — Dedicated program adviser ensures support while you pursue your degree and maintain other commitments, and cohort-based approach builds community and network for Christian business professionals.

Flexible — Seven-week terms provide flexibility for working professionals, and part-time and full-time options are available. Your three accounting concentration courses will be 16-week terms, available online in either a synchronous or asynchronous format, providing more time to engage core concepts and hone your skills

Focused Expertise – You’ll take three accounting courses, giving you the tools you need to succeed:

  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Government and Nonprofit Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting or Forensic Accounting

General Business Knowledge – You'll build a strong business foundation through core coursework that applies in any organizational setting:

  • Accounting for Business Executives
  • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Graduate Study (may be waived with undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative)
  • Capstone Course
  • Executive Financial Management
  • Information Technology for Competitive Advantage
  • Legal/Ethics Course Managerial Economics
  • Management and Leadership of Organizations
  • Quantitative Course
  • Strategic Marketing Planning

Online M.B.A. in Accounting

Cedarville's online M.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting will help you fulfill the required hours to sit for the CPA exam while equipping you with foundational knowledge and practical skills to advance your career in business.

What Can You Do With an Online M.B.A. in Accounting?

If you are a bachelor’s-prepared accountant, Cedarville’s online M.B.A. in accounting will provide you with additional hours toward the 150 required to sit for the Certified Public Accounting licensing exam. The general business training from the degree will equip you for leadership in the following roles:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer 

Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Listen as Cedarville's president, Dr. Thomas White, discusses how our graduate programs can help you steward your God-given talents for His glory.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Courses are designed for the online environment but include hands-on case studies, projects chosen by the student, simulation games, and personal development.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

M.B.A. Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

M.B.A. Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August, October, January, March, May, or July.

Program Curriculum

Building on your undergrad degree, you will take core M.B.A. courses and four core business analytics courses to complete the concentration. There is also a 3-credit Bible course, which is waived if you completed a Bible minor as part of your undergraduate work.

You can add an M.B.A. to many of Cedarville's popular majors by using one of our bachelor's-to-master's accelerated completion plans.

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Jeffrey Haymond, PhD

Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Economics


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John Delano, PhD

Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business - MBA, Bus Admin Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Information Technology Management


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Kelley Anderson

Graduate Enrollment Advisor for Business and Innovation

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