Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Master of Business Administration (Accounting Concentration), MBA

Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Concentration in Accounting Program will enable students to meet The Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination requirements as well as prepare them to succeed in their career paths. The State of Texas  requires  Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination candidates  to complete  150 semester  hours before attempting the Uniform CPA Examination.  Included in these 150 hours are 30 hours of accounting and 24 hours of business. Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has also recently passed the legislation requiring two semester hours of accounting or tax research and analysis and two semester hours of accounting or business communications within those accounting and business hours.

Completion of this program will enable students to enhance their knowledge and skills in accounting and business, and, develop analytical research and communication skills. Students will also be better prepared to take the CPA examination and become a CPA which is a prestigious designation and a measure of success in the accounting and business fields.

Admission Process

The eligibility requirements for the MBA with concentration in Accounting are as follows:

  • Must be admitted as an MBA student to the Jesse H. Jones School of Business with unconditional status.
  • Must have an undergraduate Accounting background and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.

MBA Admission Process

Students are admitted to the MBA program twice per year, in the fall and spring semesters only. The deadline for submission of all application materials is July 15 for the Fall semester and November 15 for the Spring semester (early submission is encouraged).

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  1. Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An official transcript of all undergraduate course work.
  3. An acceptable GMAT score (score must be from a test taken  within  the last five (5) years of your application  date, to be considered).  An Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or above is required on the GMAT exam to fulfill the English proficiency requirement.
  4. A two-page, career-objective essay (max 500 words) including a description of the applicant’s greatest accomplishment and disappointment, and, lessons learned from the experiences, as well as a brief discussion of post MBA goals.
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation that include applicant’s  strengths,  areas of improvement,  and commitment to excellence.
  6. A current résumé.
  7. Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  score if the applicant’s  native  language  is not English,  unless the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from a U.S. college  or university.  A TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper  based  test or 213 on the computer based test or 79 on the Internet based test is required. An official IELTS score can be submitted in lieu of TOEFL in which case a minimum overall band score of 6.0 is required.

Only completed applications (containing all required application materials listed above) will be reviewed for admission. Graduate application materials are received by the Graduate School and forwarded to the Jesse H. Jones School of Business for review. The recommendation of Jesse H. Jones School of Business is returned to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant of the decision. Prospective students wishing to inquire about their application status should direct questions  to the Graduate  School, until an official admissions notification is received.

Admission to the MBA program as a conditional or an unconditional student requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Unconditional Admission

The applicant must submit an acceptable Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score that will be used in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the undergraduate grade point average to determine admission to graduate programs.  The following  are some factors that may be included in the socioeconomic profile used in the admission process:

  1. Economic status of family when applicant attended elementary, secondary, and undergraduate school.
  2. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend undergraduate school.
  3. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend graduate or professional school.
  4. Applicant is multilingual.
  5. Applicant’s employment while attending undergraduate school.
  6. Applicant’s role in helping rear other children in family.
  7. Applicant’s geographic residence in Texas at time of application.
  8. Geographic region wherein applicant’s high school is located.
  9. Applicant’s demonstration of performance in community activities.
  10. Applicant’s demonstration of commitment to a particular field of study.
  11. The presence or absence of role models with comparable graduate school training in the applicant’s region of residence.
  12. The applicant’s performance during a personal interview.

Conditional Admission

Students who fail to satisfy the unconditional admission criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis. Under conditional admission, the student must have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average,  or, the undergraduate  grade point average  on the last sixty-hours  (60) of course  work must be at least 3.25. Students admitted in this category will be required to meet the unconditional  admission  criteria  by maintaining  at  least a grade of “B” or better in each course in the first twelve hours of graduate work within the first year of enrollment. Failure to satisfy unconditional admission criteria within the stipulated time period will result in the student being dropped  from  the  program. All applicants seeking conditional admission must provide GMAT or GRE scores with initial admission application.

Admission Process

The eligibility requirements for the MBA with concentration in Accounting are as follows:

  • Must be admitted as an MBA student to the Jesse H. Jones School of Business with unconditional status
  • Must have an undergraduate Accounting background and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher


MBA with Accounting concentration graduate  degree program students  must have successfully  completed  all the undergraduate major  courses as required for the Accounting major for the BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) degree  offered  by the Jesse H. Jones  School  of Business at Texas Southern University. Additionally, the following courses must be completed as prerequisites to the MBA level courses:

ACCT 231Principles Of Accounting I3
ACCT 232Principles of Accounting II3
ACCT 331Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 332Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 433Auditing3
ECON 2301Principles Of Economics I (OR)3
Principles Of Economics II
MGSC 239Business Statistics I3
MGSC 302Operations Management I3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
FIN 301Basic Financial Management3
MKTG 306Principles of Marketing3
MIS 304Information Technology3

Course Requirements

The Students must satisfy the MBA curriculum requirements (24 credit hours) along with the concentration in Accounting requirements (12 credit hours) to complete the degree requirements.


Core Curriculum21
Other Required Course3
Total Hours36

Core Curriculum Requirements

FIN 621Fin & Econ Anal3
BADM 630Managerial Communication3
MGMT 636Organizational & Mgmt Theory3
MGMT 670Global Strategic Mgmt3
MGSC 624Statistical Methods3
MIS 671Introduction to MIS3
MKTG 650Sem Mktg Probs3
Total Hours21

Other Required Course

FIN 652Managerial Finance3
Total Hours3

Concentration Course Requirements

ACCT 650Structure Acctg Theory3
ACCT 655Seminar In Taxation3
ACCT 657Seminar Auditing3
ACCT 660Advanced Topics in Accounting3
Total Hours12

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the MBA with concentration in Accounting must meet the academic regulations of Jesse H. Jones School of Business including those related to the minimum GPA and scholastic discipline.