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A CPA is the most sought-after accounting designation, giving you a level of expertise that sets you apart from your peers. Capella's online MBA Accounting CPA Pathway specialization can help you prepare for your CPA licensure while setting your career trajectory by earning an MBA at the same time.

The Wiley CPAexcel® exam preparation program is integrated into the MBA curriculum, to help you prepare for licensure on the path to your degree. Even after graduation, you'll receive ongoing assistance from the Wiley CPAexcel® academic support team to ensure that you can sit for the exam with confidence. With the proven Wiley Efficient Learning platform, 9 of 10 students pass the CPA exam.

If your goal isn't a CPA, check out Capella's online MBA Accounting specialization.

Our enrollment counselors specializing in accounting and business have a wealth of information about how this program can be beneficial in meeting your career goals. Using our robust licensure support tool, enrollment counselors can match Capella curriculum with the educational requirements you need to sit for the CPA exam in your state.

Furthermore, Capella University has teamed with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to offer business students full digital access to the most timely, relevant business news, enhancing your academic experience and giving you a competitive edge in your career.

Students in Capella’s MBA with a specialization in Accounting CPA Pathway program have the opportunity to earn Graduates Certificates in Business Management and Accounting CPA Pathway. Comprised entirely of MBA courses, these certificates provide an opportunity to earn a marketable credential in as little as 8 months—while you progress through your program. Whether you’re making a career change or looking for advancement in your current field, Capella’s Business Management certificate will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and academic credential to support your goals.

With your MBA in Accounting CPA Pathway from Capella, you'll develop and manage a budgeting process, employ data-driven decision-making and apply audit and control processes. You'll also learn to demonstrate ethical and legal accounting practices and, apply information technologies to accounting management practices.

Common jobs with an online program in accounting include: accountant, director of finance, chief internal auditor, tax accountant or manager, and financial analyst. Potential workplaces include: accounting firm, bank, financial services agency, government, and small business.

Capella’s MBA Create Your Future Scholarship may save you up to $4,680 on your degree with 2 free courses.


Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

Basic requirements for all programs:

  • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Acknowledgement agreement
  • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

Minimum level of education required:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution

Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

  • Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),


Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, job placement or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the school’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University at 1.866.679.9687 for more information.

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