Top School for an MBA in Accounting - Kansas City, MO

Many schools in the Kansas City area have top ranking MBA programs in accounting. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for MBA programs in accounting, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in accounting in Kansas City can choose from more than 10 schools within a 50-mile radius of the downtown area. Based on program features, degree completions, and rankings, the following three schools are the top schools in the area for an accounting MBA:

  • Winner : Rockhurst University is a 4-year private, not-for-profit school. Rockhurst's Helzberg School of Management (Helzberg) is recognized for its management and part-time MBA programs. From its campus in Kansas City, Rockhurst offers MBA programs in accounting.
  • Runner Up #1 : The Kansas City-based Avila University MBA program in accounting offers access to the city's entrepreneurs and local business expertise. Avila is also a 4-year private, not-for-profit school. It was ranked among the top 110 Midwest universities.
  • Runner Up #2 : University of Central Missouri, a 4-year public school, awarded the least MBA degrees of the three. However, it has a well regarded accreditation and offers MBA programs with concentrations in five subject areas, including accounting.

School Comparison Chart

Category Rockhurst University Avila University University of Central Missouri
Rankings 20th for regional universities (Midwest) in 2014,
21st among graduate business management programs (2013),
150th among part-time MBA programs (2013)*
102nd for regional universities (Midwest) in 2014* 92nd for regional universities (Midwest) in 2014,
32nd among top public regional universities (Midwest) in 2014*
Location Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO Warrensburg, MO (48.5 miles from downtown Kansas City)
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, public
Tuition & Fees $630 per credit hour (MBA program, Fall 2013)*** $741 per credit hour (MBA program, no year given)*** $305.25 per credit hour (graduate, in-state, no year given), $581.50 per credit hour (graduate, out-of-state, no year given)**
MBA Degrees Awarded (All Concentrations) in 2011-2012 121* 60* 26*
Noteworthy Across Kansas City and the nation, Rockhurst MBA alumni make up approximately 750 leaders in top companies N/A N/A

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites

Winner: Rockhurst University

  • Only private school in Kansas City with Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation
  • Experienced, doctorate-holding faculty teach approximately 80% of MBA courses
  • Prerequisite courses required for non-business majors

Besides its traditional full-time MBA program format offering, Helzberg has available part-time and accelerated study program versions. The 30-hour program includes a 24-hour core requirement, including marketing strategy, competitive and financial analysis, organizational behavior, and capstone courses. A general MBA requires six hours of electives, but for a concentration such as accounting students are required to complete eight hours of electives. These accounting courses teach students about auditing, corporate taxation, fraud examination, and overseas accounting practices.

Helzberg's MBA program can prepare accounting students to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam. Helzberg further offers coaches to help MBA students outline their career paths.

Runner-Up #1: Avila University

  • Runs on a trimester schedule
  • MBA program accepts any undergraduate major

Avila offers an MBA program with flexible scheduling for working students, with each class held in Kansas City one evening per week. Students are also allowed to enjoy end of year holidays without sharing time with classes. The 30-graduate-hour program has seven study area concentrations, with accounting one of the more popular choices. The accounting concentration provides advanced study coursework in auditing, taxation, quantitative and statistical analysis, and management information systems, to name a few topics. Courses can be taken that prepare graduates for the CPA exam.

Runner-Up #2: University of Central Missouri

  • UCMO one of few U.S. schools with accounting and business programs accredited by the AACSB
  • In 2013, The Princeton Review named UCMO a 'Best in the Midwest College'
  • Undergraduate business preparation courses required for enrollment

Harmon's 33-hour MBA program requires students to take a core of 18 hours with coursework covering finance, marketing, economics, management, and accounting. Students selecting the 12-hour accounting concentration satisfy the program requirements with auditing and accounting theory coursework. Electives complete the program curriculum. The program is one year if taken full-time. There is a part-time option, with all classes given in the evenings and on campus. Harmon also has a school focused on accountancy that offers a Master of Arts in Accountancy.


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