Jun 12, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, Online/Accelerated

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Business Graduate Committee

Program Chair

Beverley Hollingsworth, Ph.D.

Program Advisors

Denise Simion, Ph.D.


Beverley Hollingsworth, Ph.D. Chair

Michael Greenwood, Ph.D.

Denise Simion, Ph,D.

Kwahng Kimm Ph.D. 

Renee Scapparone D.B.A

James Page, Ph.D.

Marian Simion, Ph.D.

Marie Hunte, M.S.

James Monette, MBA

Patrck Malone, J.D., MBA

Brain Webb, MBA


Online/Accelerated MBA

Program Objectives

The Online/Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program is designed to prepare leaders in business and in administration. It seeks to develop decision makers with strong analytical skills who are socially responsible, sensitive to cultural diversity and aware of the broadening world market.

Program Description

The Online/Accelerated MBA program is comprised of a common core of advanced courses in business, and a concentration in one of eight areas: Accounting, Business Analytics Management, Finance  Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing and Supply Chain Management for a total of 30 credits. Students must be admitted and confirm their intent to enroll in order to register for these 7-week courses. There are six terms each year, two in the fall, two in the spring, and two during the summer. Deadlines apply, but the six start dates allow for students to enter the program at multiple points during the year.

To complete the degree students must fulfill the following:

Six courses (18 credits) in advanced core

In the advanced core students acquire advanced skills and knowledge regarding current business and management practice and methodology.

Eight specialized concentrations

The specialized concentrations are in the fields of accounting, business analytics, finance, healthcare management, human resource management, marketing, management and supply chain management. Each concentration is made up of 3 specialized courses. 

One Elective Course

The MBA program requires students to complete one elective course. Students can choose any 8000 or above level course. 

MBA Common Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills including the ability to recognize problems; analyze uncertain situations; interpret and use data and evidence in drawing conclusions; develop alternative solutions, and adapt and innovate in a new setting.
  2. Students will be able to integrate theory and practice across business functional areas and employ appropriate decision-support methods for the purpose of strategic analysis, planning, implementation, and control.
  3. Students will be able to articulate the major theories and concepts in the areas of accounting, finance, management, and marketing.
  4. Students will be able to employ and apply appropriate technical and quantitative techniques and methods in the analysis of real-world business situations.
  5. Students will be able to communicate to relevant audiences, including the composition of clear, consistent, and effective written forms of communication and the composition and presentation of effective oral business presentations.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate well developed organizational, leadership, and teamwork skills for the effective implementation of organizational policy.
  7. Students will be able to identify and analyze the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
  8. Students will be able to identify the opportunities and challenges of globalization and apply managerial skills to global business issues.

Accounting Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to understand how to calculate, record, and provide financial information about the reporting entity that is useful to its present and potential equity investors, its lenders, and other creditors to assist them in making decisions about providing resources to the entity.
  2. Students will be able to identify types of taxes used by federal and state governments to raise revenue, differentiate between tax avoidance and tax evasion; apply the tax tables and tax rate schedules to determine taxable income or refund.
  3. Students will be able to understand the functions of managerial and cost accounting in the areas of planning with the use of budgets; controlling, by assessing the entity’s financial performance, and decision-making where the entity uses results of its financial performance to make current and future decisions.

Accounting Concentration, (9 credits)

Students in the Accounting concentration take the following courses:

Elective Course (3 credits)

Elective Course Options: MGMT 9XXX Course from other Online MBA Concentrations (outside the core)

Total for Degree: 30 cr

MBA Graduate Certificate Admission Standards and Criteria

Admission into an MBA Gradaute Certificate will be the same as admission into the MBA program.

We are accredited by The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). To enroll in the Master of Business Administration Program, a student must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admissions section as well as:

  • An undergraduate GPA not less than 2.8 (students below a 2.8 must also submit a letter of recommendation to be considered for admission)
  • TOEFL scores for natives of non-English speaking countries

Applicants to the Online/Accelerated MBA program who hold a bachelor degree in business are usually ready to begin the graduate-level coursework immediately, assuming that they have a suitable academic background. Professional experience is also a suitable foundation for graduate work. Students who do not hold a bachelor degree in business, or do not have the equivalent in professional experience, may wish to take courses at the undergraduate level to build a stronger foundation for graduate level work. Determination is made by the Graduate Program Chair.

Note - Students admitted to the MBA program or already enrolled in the MBA are not eligible for the certificate stand alone option.

Dual Concentration

Dual Concentrations

Students enrolled in the MBA program who have a GPA of 3.00 or higher after at least one semester of enrollment may request enrollment in one of the approved dual concentration options listed below. Students approved for a dual concentration will need to meet the requirements for the catalog year in which their dual concentration is approved.

Students enrolled in a dual concentration must complete the course requirements for each concentration. Each course in the program may only be counted once. Students in a dual concentration will complete a total of 39 credits.

One additional MBA concentrations below can be added to your current concentration with approval from the Graduate Department Chairperson and Graduate Academic Dean.

Students enrolled in the Campus Based MBA Program can choose from the concentrations that offer on-campus options (Accounting/Finance or Human Resource Management)

  • Accounting (online and campus based)
  • Business Analytics (online)
  • Finance (online)
  • Healthcare (online)
  • Human Resources Management (online and campus based)
  • Management (online and campus based)
  • Marketing Management (online)
  • Supply Chain Management (online)


Students in the Accounting concentration must have an appropriate foundation in accounting content at the undergraduate level as determined by the graduate program chair.

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