Accounting Concentrations

Accounting Concentrations

Define Your Path

The Suffolk MBA Online is for proactive business professionals who want to become more effective leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We cultivate advanced business competencies through experiential learning throughout our core curriculum and specialized concentrations. As the economy grows, so does the demand for highly trained accountants and auditors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is projected to increase 7 percent from 2020 to 2030. We at Suffolk understand this need and that’s why we’ve designed three unique concentrations for you to choose from.


Online MBA Accounting Concentrations

Whether you want to develop new expertise, position yourself for a promotion, or prepare to re-enter the job market, our concentrations allow you to build upon your business background and tailor your degree to your career goals.

No business-related undergrad degree? Our Business Essentials pathway develops the business acumen to solve complex everyday challenges and allows specialization in Accounting with our MBA Plus certificates. Speak with admissions to learn more.

Accounting Principles

Become proficient with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and examine the preparation and use of financial statements, regulatory and reporting requirements, and compliance issues. Also, build a keen understanding of budgeting processes, performance evaluation, and assessment of operational expenses and feel ready to prepare financial records for your organization. This concentration lays the groundwork for your CPA or CMA exam preparation*.

This track lays the groundwork for your CPA or CMA exam preparation and includes the following courses:

  • Graduate Financial Accounting I
  • Cost and Managerial
  • Accounting Federal Taxation I


Corporate Accounting & Finance

Learn how to interpret the world around you through numbers and be prepared for careers that influence corporations’ internal operations. Develop an understanding of financial analysis and forecasting, capital structure, capital budgeting, and corporate valuation, which will help you determine where and how to invest corporate funds.

The Corporate Accounting & Finance concentration includes the following courses:

  • Big Data and Financial Statement, Analytics
  • Investment Analysis
  • Enterprise Data Management


Forensic Accounting

Gain the skills necessary to protect your business from loss due to fraud, theft, and misconduct. Learn about white-collar crime in general and financial statement fraud in particular. You will explore the definition of fraud, how we prevent it, and how we detect it. Then, you will learn how to protect your company.

The Forensic Accounting concentration includes the following courses:

  • Fraud Examination
  • Solving Business Problems Using Advanced, Excel
  • Security and Privacy 

*While this program lays a foundation for the CPA and CMA exams, it will not give you all of the educational requirements needed to sit for the exams. Visit for more details on requirements for the CPA exam and for more information on requirements for the CMA exam.

Potential Careers in Accounting

Below are some career options for those with an MBA in Accounting:

  • Management Accountant—Management accountants focus on the capital budgeting and business analysis areas of accounting. They analyze contracts and expenses for businesses and organizations. Working closely with marketing and financial managers, they help make major business decisions.
  • Budget Analyst—Budget analysts make financial plans for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Strong negotiating skills are a must.
  • Governmental Accountants—Governmental accountants are employed at all levels of government–federal, state, and local. Governmental accountants audit businesses and individuals that are government-regulated and taxed. They manage local budgets and oversee compliance and audits on the state and local levels.
  • Forensic Accountant—Forensic Accountants perform forensic research and analysis on a company’s financial data to identify potential fraud and/or business revenue loss. Potential employers include public accounting firms, consulting firms specializing in risk consulting and forensic accounting services, lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations, or financial institutions.