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Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting

Obtain an MBA in Accounting for the career skills that can be universally applied to any business across the globe and be able to provide the essential functions and tools they need to determine wealth, profitability and liquidity. For successful organizations, accountants serve a strategic role that is more than just number crunching and financial reporting. Accountants must provide the foundation for the execution of corporate strategy, serve as business advisors and understand how to leverage cutting-edge technologies.

That is why our MBA in Accounting program provides you with a broad-based understanding of business knowledge and information technology. It is designed to fulfill the education requirements that qualify you to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam in New York State, positioning graduates for top management positions.

You will obtain the technological skills employers seek and that are necessary to design, operate and control Accounting Information Systems, taught by a faculty recognized #6 nationally for management information systems. You will also learn how to analyze data and help create solutions to business challenges, to lead people and leverage technology in a global context.

Leadership Fellows Program

The Saunders Leadership Fellows Program is dedicated to enhancing the education of our students by providing professional development and extensive experiential learning for individual fellows. The fellowship program also offers significant advantages, such as 50% scholarship award, and more. Limited applicants are selected.

Recognized among nations very best business schools

Saunders MBA programs are recognized by many national and international rankings, including the MBA in Accounting program recognized in 2017 by Best Masters ranking as #36 among accounting and auditing MBA degrees in North America. US News & World Report 2019 Best Graduate School Rankings place Saunders #93 nationally, while TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders MBA #94 among MBA programs in North America.

In addition, Poets & Quants ranked Saunders College of Business among the nation's Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs coming in at #84. Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by Saunders College graduate programs and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Excellence in CPA Exam Results

Saunders accounting programs prepare students for success, as demonstrated by CPA Exam passing rates for Saunders College students that are consistently far above passing rates overall and for all New York State candidates.

While the CPA license is not required to work in the field of accounting it is highly recommended for students to pursue it. Learn more by exploring more information about becoming a CPA, CPA Requirements, the CPA Exam, and other certifications.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

Program Director's Quote

"The MBA in Accounting program provides a practical industry education, preparing graduates for successful accounting careers. An Accounting Advisory Board consisting of industry professionals helps ensure the program remains highly relevant to employer needs while integrating and elevating soft skills in communications, teamwork, and applied computer skills in Excel, QuickBooks and SAP. The program prepares students to excel in the pursuit of their CPA license and provides a strong foundation for a thriving career."

Rong Yang