Full Time MBA, MBA-ACC

The NAU MBA program is offered full time at the Flagstaff mountain campus. The curriculum is accelerated, lasting 10 months.  Students begin the program early August and graduate the following May. You will earn your AACSB accredited degree in less time than a traditional two year program, saving you time and money, so you can get to work sooner.

The MBA program will broaden and deepen your knowledge of business and management skills, and  allow you to expedite your entry into the job market. You may choose an emphasis in Applied Management or Accounting. The Accounting Emphasis satisfies the educational requirements for CPA licensure in several states. Both the Applied Management and the Accounting Emphasis follow a 30 credit hour curriculum consisting of 21 credit hours of core classes and 9 credit hours of emphasis classes.  Applicants without an undergraduate degree in business administration may be admitted conditionally. A transcript review determines the prerequisite business foundation  courses the student will complete, prior to beginning the MBA program.

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Applied Management

The Applied Management emphasis builds on the core curriculum to provide hands-on experience in real-world business situations and the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom to solve problems facing management teams in a variety of organizations.

The 9-unit applied management module begins in the fall and concludes at the end of the spring semester. It consists of a foundation of management skills and tools and concludes with a semester-long project. You will be a member of a team working closely with the management of a local or regional organization to define the scope and objectives of the project and to produce the agreed upon deliverables. By combining the MBA curriculum with our graduate business administration coursework you will develop the management skills needed to succeed in business.


The Accounting emphasis is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting who are planning to earn the CPA certificate. Students that do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting must schedule an advising appointment prior to selecting this emphasis.

The MBA-ACC coursework provides required accounting credit hours that will allow students to satisfy the 150 hour requirement for CPA licensure in Arizona and other states.

By combining the MBA curriculum with our graduate accounting coursework you will develop the management skills needed to succeed in business – particularly those related to leadership, communication, and interpersonal relations.  You will integrate those skills with a deeper knowledge of financial and managerial accounting, auditing and taxation.

Enrichment Activities

Your investment includes the following activities and more:

  • Alumni engagement
  • Opportunity for executive job shadow
  • Annual class trip
  • Visiting guest lecturers
  • Mock interviews
  • Opportunity to meet with Mr. Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway

Business Foundation Prerequisite Courses for Non-Business Undergraduate Majors

Transcript evaluation will determine which courses must be completed. Students may be required to take all, or a subset of these courses.

Graduate Level Business Foundation Courses (3 credits each, offered summer only)

BA 520 Economic Analysis

BA 521 Accounting for Managers

BA 522 Quantitative Analysis & Operations Management for Decisions Making

BA 523 Integrated Introduction to Marketing and Management

BA 524 Principles of Finance & Business Law for Managers

Undergraduate Courses Offered Year Round (3 credits each):

Alternatively, requirements can also be filled by these stand-alone courses.

MAT 119 Finite Math: Concepts, techniques, and applications of systems of linear equations, geometric linear programming, mathematics of finance, combinatorics, probability, and descriptive statistics.

ACC 255 Financial Accounting: Introduces theory and practice in the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of general purpose financial statements for external users.

ECO 201 Business Statistics: Basic business statistics including a review of descriptive measures, selected discrete probability distributions, selected continuous probability distributions, and statistical inference; statistical decision making, correlation, and regression.

ACC 256 Managerial Accounting: Introduces the development and analysis of accounting information for managerial planning and control.

ACC 205 Business Law: Basic coverage of the environment of business, including legal and ethical issues and the regulatory and global environment of business that affect business policies and decisions.

ECO 284 Microeconomics: Overview of a market economy; analysis of supply and demand; using graphical techniques; consumer behavior; production and cost; determination of prices in various product and resource markets; international economics.

ECO 285 Macroeconomics: Measurement of national economic variables; determination of output, income, employment, and price levels through aggregate supply and demand analysis and related graphical techniques; business cycles, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade.

MGT 300 Managing Behavior in Organizations: The environment of organizations, planning, organizing, leading, and reviewing processes and systems. Emphasizes strategic planning, teamwork, and process design.

MKT 333 Introduction to Marketing: Orientation to basic marketing concepts and practices. Topics include the impact of external forces on marketing decisions; marketing strategies; marketing aspects of business ethics and social responsibility; and global marketing.

MGT 301 Operations Management: Introduces the operations management function. The course is organized around the dual concepts of building and managing world-class operations.

FIN 311 Principles of Finance: Surveys financial operations in relation to other business functions; internal financial activities, sources of funds, and involvement with money and capital markets; basics of financial analysis; understanding of financial system.

Program Schedule

Summer (3 hours) Fall (14 hours) Spring (13 hours)
BA 587-Prof. Development BA 654-Managerial Decision Making BA 652-Managing People & Processes
BA 653-Individuals, Teams & Careers BA 659-Strategy & Leadership BA 651-Customers, Markets & Organizations
BA 650-Systems Orientation & Training BA 687-Professional Development ACC 650-Financial Report & Statement Analysis

Applied Management:

BA 641-Business Consulting Skills

BA 642-Decision Modeling & Simulation

Applied Management:

BA 643-Business Consulting Practicum



ACC 580--External Auditing & Attestation

ACC 590-Case Studies in Financial Reporting


ACC 570-Advance Tax