MBA in Accounting (Research Track)

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Shape your future. Take your accounting career to the next level with UCC’s 100% online MBA in Accounting

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (UCC) 100% online MBA in Accounting will deepen your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision-making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, organizational management, corporate planning and more. You will apply the theories learned in the digital classroom to real-world workplace challenges, learn to collaborate and work effectively in teams across and within functional areas, enhance your communication skills, sharpen your critical and analytical thinking, deepen your ethical decision-making in business contexts, and proactively anticipate rapidly changing business challenges in a global economy.


The accounting specialization comprises three courses designed to develop your advanced accounting knowledge in  managerial accounting, cost accounting and financial statement analysis. You will learn how to use capital budgeting to assess the potential cash inflows and outflows of specific business decisions; determine and control costs  by tracking of expenditures and revenues; and review and analyze financial statements to ensure better economic decision-making through resource allocation, performance, and achievement of strategic objectives.


In addition to this learning, this track of the MBA in Accounting program includes the chance to demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively as you investigate your chosen topic and produce a report demonstrating your findings. This pathway is often the best choice if you intend to pursue a doctoral degree.

You’ll learn how to…

  • Apply managerial accounting concepts to real-world business problems, support decision-making and evaluate financial accounting information.
  • Analyze cost behavior patterns, including fixed, variable, and mixed costs; design costing systems and assess their impact on product cost and profitability.
  • Develop budgets, identify cash flow issues, cost control, and performance measurement.
  • Optimize inventory control and cost efficiency using inventory valuation and management methods.
  • Use variance analysis to evaluate performance, identify variance causes, recommend corrective actions, and determine product costs using cost analysis techniques.
  • Analyze the relationship between cost accounting and financial reporting and its impact on decision-making and business strategy.
  • Understand how the four basic financial statements interrelate and are used to assess financial performance.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative techniques to financial accounting information.
  • Identify cost-saving opportunities, optimize resource allocation, and drive organizational growth and sustainability.

And elevate your skills and career…


The accounting profession enjoys high demand, and this evolving field is only becoming more competitive to enter ­— set yourself apart from the rest with an MBA in Accounting. Develop the leadership and business acumen needed for a career in accounting in roles such as:

  • Tax Accountant
  • Controller
  • Management Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Business Development Manager

With a program designed for your needs…


UCC’s MBA in Accounting suits those looking to pursue a career in management and leadership with a specific focus in accounting alongside full-time work. It offers fundamental business and management knowledge and the skills needed to help businesses analyze and report on their finances and contribute to their financial decision-making.


The program is offered  entirely online and as self-paced study, providing the flexibility needed to study alongside work, family, and other life commitments.

Program Courses

Business Strategy

Business strategy consists of the theories, concepts, and methods top and middle-level managers can use to ensure the profitable and long-term growth of their organizations. Strategy helps general managers (as opposed to functional managers whose responsibilities focus on one function such as finance, production, marketing, human resources, IT, etc.), make better decisions to improve the competitive position of their organization in the long run and create value for its key stakeholders.


Gain a perspective on organizations, both within and outside of the for-profit business world. Strategic analysis and managerial thinking applies to organizations regardless of their activities, for or not-for-profit orientation, governance structure, geographic locations, size, etc. You’ll examine the main theories, concepts, and models of strategic analysis and their role in management practice.

Economics for Managers

Explore a wide range of economic concepts, theories and analytical techniques and key economic fundamentals. You will learn about the supply and demand model – the fundamental market model where trade-offs and choices are considered by comparing benefits and costs. Product and market structures, including perfectly competitive, monopolistically competitive, oligopolies, and monopolies, are also analyzed at the firm level.

Macroeconomic issues of fiscal and monetary policy are explored at an aggregate level. Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of selected topics in international trade, financial markets, economic growth, and positive and negative externalities.

Financial Accounting and Analysis

Many business decisions throughout every level of an organization are based on the information found in the company’s financial statements. Explore how small and large process changes can increase organizational efficiency and profits through analyzing financial statement information. You’ll also examine how decisions made about capital projects, long-term investments, and a company’s risk aversion impact the bottom line.

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Examine the skills and characteristics necessary to be an effective leader. You’ll learn how to apply leadership skills during change and in multicultural and diverse environments. The common thread throughout the course will be leading with strong managerial ethics, emotional intelligence, and reflective leadership. You’ll also examine the relationship between contemporary leadership issues and classical leadership theory.

Marketing Management

Explore the design and implementation of the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out an organization's strategy in its target markets. You’ll develop an understanding of how an organization can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and the skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion.


Modern business is conducted by economic organizations in a highly competitive market environment. Managers often make decisions under severe time pressure without sufficient information. Ethical decision making in business cannot be considered apart from the complexity and uncertainty of actual situations. Therefore, the focus of the course is on ethical questions from the point of view of the practicing manager, with the aim of making ethical decisions that are consistent with effective corporate management.


Develop your understanding of theoretical and practical insights and developments in the fields of business ethics and sustainable business and learn the principles, practices, and ethical concerns/challenges organizations face in their daily operations. You will also gain an understanding of the theoretical basis of business ethics: stakeholder-theory, theories of responsibility and normative ethical theory, as well as intercultural ethics.

Global Strategic Management

Conduct a strategic assessment of the overall global competitive environment and consider how an organization can leverage resources, capabilities, and preferential entry modes to create competitive advantages when entering a foreign market. As part of the final assessment of global strategy, you’ll take part either virtually or in-person in an international trip, visiting one to two foreign locations to experience local business culture. You’ll use theoretical knowledge to assess the strategy of an international organization in an applied cultural context. 

Managing People for Competitive Advantage (Available Soon)

People are an organization’s most valuable resource. The quality of an organization’s talent is perhaps the single most important resource contributing to its profitability and or viability. Leaders and managers within the contemporary organizational context appreciate that a critical source of competitive advantage comes from the effective management of human resources. Product designs or service processes, creative marketing strategies, while critical, are not considered sufficient to deliver sustainable competitive advantage.


Academics, policy makers and practitioners are thus paying greater attention to work force issues. Managing human resources is as much a science as it is an art; it represents the combination of the application of scientific principles and practices, and, the application of personal characteristics. The human resource function exists within the organization in order to support the achievement of the organization’s strategic imperatives.

Managerial Accounting

Explore the concepts and applications of managerial accounting including: 

  • cost behavior 
  • manufacturing versus non-manufacturing costs 
  • cost-volume-profit analysis 
  • costing systems 
  • preparation of a cost of goods manufactured and sold schedule 
  • creation of static and flexible budgets 
  • variance analysis evaluation of capital investments. 
Cost Accounting

Cost accounting is a subset of managerial accounting that focuses on costs. Unlike financial accounting, which provides information to external financial statement users, cost accounting is used internally by management and is not required to adhere to set standards; it can therefore be flexible to meet the needs of management.


Examine the best practices and proven theories that underlie tracking and allocating costs so management can make fully informed business decisions.

Financial Statement Analysis

Learn how to read, analyze, and interpret company financial information in the form of statements prepared using generally accepted accounting principles and both quantitative and qualitative techniques. You’ll apply this information as part of strategic decision-making to increase firm value, enhance operational efficiencies, mitigate risk, and grow the business in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Research Methods for Business and Management

Develop your understanding of research in general and business. You’ll address both academic business research and business consultancy research and examine the concepts and theories underlying research, as well as the practice of research.

This course has an applied focus. Your readings and assignments are designed to identify a feasible research topic and develop a research proposal for academic business or business consultancy research. You will examine how research problems and questions may be identified, and the process of achieving thoughtful, effective, and efficient research design. You will also investigate the importance of the literature review and how it can be carried out for optimal effectiveness in research.


Learn the research methodologies and methods, as well as the techniques of the research process as applied to business, whether as a business consultant or as an academic researcher. You will also study the philosophical and epistemological assumptions underpinning the research approaches and methodologies, as well as their role in determining the design and implementation of the research. Finally, you will also gain an understanding of the ethical aspects of research and consultancy.

Applied Research for Business and Management I (Available Soon)

Demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. Your research project will involve identifying a research question or problem, reviewing existing literature, designing a research study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings in a research report.


You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively, and to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world problems in business and management. On completion, you will have completed a research project demonstrating your ability to conduct applied research and to communicate research findings effectively.

Applied Research for Business and Management II (Available Soon)

Continue your learning and development of a research project that you began in Applied Research for Business and Management II. Demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. Your research project will involve identifying a research question or problem, reviewing existing literature, designing a research study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings in a research report.


You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively, and to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world problems in business and management. On completion, you will have completed a research project demonstrating your ability to conduct applied research and to communicate research findings effectively.


For entry into this program you will need…


  • An accredited bachelor’s degree
  • UCC Global teaches all programs and courses in English. Applicants whose most recent education was not in English will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by completing an approved English language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Both TOEFL Paper-based (PBT) and TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) are accepted.

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