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Effectively manage business through accounting principles

A Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in accounting delivers the critical skills needed to effectively analyse business management and processes. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of business law, financial performance, profitability and solvency, enabling you to create viable solutions to a range of business needs.

Our online MBA specialising in Accounting equips you with the latest concepts and knowledge to effectively manage and analyse business decisions with a keen eye on the financials. You will also gain a thorough understanding of business and company legal principles. With an MBA specialisation, you can hone industry-specific skills in accounting while you study a practical, well recognised postgraduate degree.

What you'll study

Core units

  • Management Communication
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Marketing
  • Finance for Managers\
  • Corporate Governance for Managers
  • The Positive Leader
  • Project Management Principles
  • Global Business
  • Strategy and Case Analysis
  • Managing Information Systems

Specialisation units

  • Business Accounting for Managers
  • Business and Corporation Law for Managers
  • Industry Research Project (double-weighted)

Why specialise in your MBA?

Selecting a specialisation is a matter of choice, not a prerequisite for MBA studies. Both the generalist and specialist students will graduate with the same level of MBA qualification, and both are equally as regarded by employers. The difference, however, is that a specialisation in Accounting allows you to focus on that specific area of business knowledge.

An MBA specialising in Accounting gives you a deeper understanding of business functionality, and can firmly establish your career path in financial management. It will develop your core analytical skills in order to understand and enhance the effectiveness of your business management.

  • MBA specialisation helps me target my career goals
  • MBA specialisation makes me stand out in a crowded job market
  • MBA specialisation allows me to gain business management skills

Career and industry outlook

MBA graduates with specialised knowledge in accounting or finance are highly sought after. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2017 Corporate Recruiters Survey Report* showed that 1 in 4 employers who plan to hire recent graduates say that specialised MBA graduates tend to receive higher starting salaries. The survey also showed that companies located in the Asia-Pacific are more than twice as likely to offer a premium salary for this expertise in comparison to their US and Europe counterparts.

High-ranking roles with a vast range of organisations are available to individuals who have the in-demand skills an MBA delivers, coupled with the additional edge of an accounting specialisation that improves their ability to speak ‘the language of business’.

Our MBA with an accounting specialisation will allow you to communicate more effectively with finance teams, executive boards, auditors, bankers, creditors and shareholders, who all have a keen interest in the financial health and performance of an organisation.

*Percentage of employers who responded the survey

Flexible entry and exit options

We know that plans change. That’s why we’ve built flexible entry and completion options into the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

This means that if you need to exit early, if home or work demand your full attention, you could still receive a postgraduate qualification (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or Graduate Diploma in Business Administration) based on the units you’ve completed.^

If you’d like to test the water before committing to the full MBA, you can enrol in our Graduate Diploma in Business or Graduate Certificate in Business. If you decide to return to your MBA at a later date, you’ll receive advanced standing towards your degree. It’s a win-win!

^You can only gain an MBA specialisation at Masters level, therefore you cannot exit with a specialisation at a Diploma or Certificate level.

Entry requirements

  • Demonstrated professional standing – either a bachelor’s degree (or a similar qualification) from a university, or other experience that we deem as equivalent to a degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Learning with SCU Online

Southern Cross University’s online courses fit around your work and your lifestyle. Units are delivered by tech-savvy academics via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface.

  • 100% online and flexible – complete six units a year, or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

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SCU offer both online and on-campus versions of the MBA. This information refers to the online version. Please check the Online MBA course listing at scu.edu.au or ask your Student Enrolment Advisor for more information.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University February 2019.