College of Business

Six degrees.
Countless career paths.

You’re driven to lead in the world of business. You’re ready to pursue a graduate degree, but wondering which program will best support your career path. Ohio University offers you several opportunities to narrow your focus and best meet your professional goals.

Our graduate degrees are flexible and designed for working professionals with the opportunity to study online or on campus. What do we offer?

With so many graduate programs, you may need help choosing the best degree for you and your future. We’re here to help.

MAcc vs. MBA with a Concentration in Accounting

Your number-crunching know-how can impact business. OHIO’s MAcc and MBA degrees both offer valuable and in-demand credentials. One of the major differences between the programs is the scope of the degree.

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MBA with an Accounting Concentration

The MBA with a concentration in accounting is more of a generalist degree. Your MBA degree will focus primarily on the broad business landscape rather than one specific element of business. This means your curriculum will be composed of core business courses with a secondary focus on accounting.

You can graduate in as few as 24 months. Learn the framework of accounting through an expansive curriculum covering intermediate and advanced financial concepts.

What is the MAcc?

The MAcc degree is a specialized accounting degree. The program curriculum does offer some general business courses, but focuses primarily on business accounting. Your MAcc degree will provide you with a more thorough understanding of accounting theory and practice in comparison to the practical business knowledge of MBA students. The MAcc degree can also prepare you to sit for exams like Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

You can graduate in as few as five semesters after learning the intricacies of accounting through a rigorous curriculum of 14 courses spanning from advanced concepts to data analysis.

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Professional Motivations

One of the major deciding factors between the programs is the generalist/specialist divide and the professional motivations that align with each. Typically, MBA candidates are looking to enter management roles in industries where business knowledge is vital. The MAcc program provides students with the additional 30 hours needed to become a licensed CPA. In fact, MAcc candidates generally concentrate on passing the CPA exam and working for a CPA firm.

Both degrees can provide substantial knowledge of business and the accounting practices that support it. The MBA and MAcc degrees can position you for a successful career helping businesses function and thrive.

Industry Outlook

Employees with financial understanding and business savvy are an asset to any organization.

In fact, the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether you hold a MAcc or an MBA degree with a concentration in accounting, you can still position yourself for success with in-demand accounting skills.

MBAn vs. MBA with a Concentration in Business Analytics

Your data-driven mindset can influence key business decisions. The MBAn and MBA degrees prepare aspiring analysts to dig deeper into data. The major difference between the programs is the scope of the degree.

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MBA with a Business Analytics Concentration

An MBA with a concentration in business analytics is a generalist degree. The curriculum places a primary focus on the field of business as a whole, with a secondary focus on business analytics. Holders of this degree can still wield great power, as big data is a vital element to business survival and success. Businesses worldwide need employees who can turn data into decisions and take action.

You can graduate in as few as 24 months after completing a focused curriculum consisting of nine core business courses and three specialized business analytics courses. You can learn data management techniques and prescriptive analytics to empower business decisions.

What is the MBAn?

An MBAn is a specialized business analytics degree. Students learn the strategies and practices of collecting, managing, and analyzing business data. The program curriculum focuses primarily on advancing your analytical skills to dig deeper into organizational data. Your MBAn degree will provide you with the expertise to put data to work and impact important business decisions.

You can graduate in as few as 20 months after completing a challenging curriculum covering 11 courses to build on your problem-solving skills and introduce you to innovative analytics tools.

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Professional Motivations

One of the major deciding factors between the programs is the generalist/specialist divide and the professional motivations that align with each. Generally, MBA candidates are interested in pursuing leadership positions in various organizations and industries — ranging from small business to government, and from for-profit to not-for-profit. MBAn candidates develop specific knowledge in analyzing data and applying it to key business decisions. They typically seek senior positions in more data-centric roles involving technology and intelligence.

Both degrees can position graduates to help businesses efficiently collect and manage data. MBA graduates can serve in a variety of business functions, while MBAn graduates are specialists in the field with advanced analytical skills.

Industry Outlook

Massive amounts of data are generated every day — on a global scale, and employees who understand big data are needed now more than ever. The jobs with the highest growth rates are tech-related, according to LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report.

The job market is favorable for both MBAn and MBA graduates. Data is everywhere, and companies are looking to gain a competitive edge in utilizing it for insight and growth. In fact, business analyst jobs are expected to increase by 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you’re ready, we’re here to help.

Regardless of the path you choose, we’re sure you have questions. Contact an enrollment advisor for answers and more information.