2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Accounting, M.B.A.

The Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree program is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in Accounting who wish to pursue a graduate degree to fulfill the CPA examination requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant. Upon completion of this 30-hour program and, the individual will have the 150 total college hours and 33 accounting hours required to take the Missouri CPA examination.

This program is designed to be completed in one year, and is offered in evening and online courses, which allows students to work full-time while pursuing a graduate degree.


For detailed information on university admission policies, please refer to Admission Policies  information. In addition, the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies requires the following:

  1. Students must have completed a B.S. in Accounting or equivalent.
  2. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale with a GMAT test within the previous five years, with a total score of 475 or higher. This requirement may be waived if either of the following conditions is met:
  • Completed an undergraduate degree from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited program within the previous five years with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.
  • Completed a graduate degree in a field requiring significant analytical or quantitative work, such as business, economics, engineering, statistics, computer science or law with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  1. A self-statement of 300-500 words detailing the importance of obtaining a graduate degree in accounting from Fontbonne University.
  2. A current resume
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency which is necessary for those whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit scores from TOEFL or IELTS exams (or Fontbonne University approved equivalent). A TOEFL of 71 IBT or IELTS 6.0 required.

Applications are considered according to program availability. Complete applications must be on file 14 days prior to the beginning of the first term in which the student hopes to register.

Requirements and Policies

  1. Maximum credit hour requirement for Accounting Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting: 30
  2. Candidates may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of approved graduate work toward their Fontbonne MS degree in Accounting. Only graduate-level courses taken within the last six years at an accredited, degree-granting institution with a letter grade of B or higher, will be considered. All transfer credit must be approved on a course-by-course basis by the college of global business and professional studies.
  3. A letter grade of C- or better is required for all courses in the preparatory core. Students receiving less than a C- in a preparatory core course must retake the course and earn a grade of C- or better. However, students receiving a grade less than C- in two or more preparatory core courses may be dismissed from the program notwithstanding a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the required core.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for the required core. Any students receiving a grade less than B- in two or more courses or an F in one course in the required core may be dismissed from the program notwithstanding a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  5. The minimum time for the completion of the program is one year. The maximum completion time is six years beginning on the date of the first class of the first required core course.

Learning Outcomes

Departmental Learning Outcomes:  

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally (o) and in writing (w).  
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical environment impacting business organizations and exhibit an understanding and appreciation of the ethical implications of decisions.  
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of the impact of globalization and diversity in modern organizations.  
  • Graduates will demonstrate an ability to engage in critical thinking by analyzing situations and constructing and selecting viable solutions to solve problems.  
  • Graduates will demonstrate and ability to work effectively with others.  
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of current information, theories and models, and techniques and practices in all of the major business disciplines including general areas of Accounting, Management, Marketing, Sports Management, and Quantitative Analysis.   


Program Learning Outcomes:  

  • Apply auditing standards to the examination of financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.  
  • Prepare students to recognize issues of social justice in their workplace.  
  • Integrate various business disciplines to identify and develop business strategies.

Required Courses