Accounting, M.Acc.

Degree:Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
Specializations:Professional Accountancy
Professional Taxation
Certificate:Professional Accountancy
Department:Accounting and Finance
Building 76, Room 212
CIP Code:52.0301
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is an included program in the University's accreditation by AACSB International.

The MAcc develops the graduate student's conceptual understanding of current and emerging technical issues facing the accounting profession, advanced technical skills in the field, and research and communication skills commensurate with the requirements of the accounting profession. The MAcc requires 30 semester hours of coursework, exclusive of Foundational Proficiencies. The core courses provide advanced work in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, contemporary professional issues, auditing, tax research, and financial management. A strong emphasis on the development of analytical, communication, and presentation skills is evident in the courses. Students wishing to focus more on tax issues may obtain a specialization in taxation. 

Degree Requirements

Candidates admitted to the MAcc program are required to complete all courses with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better, and are required to maintain an overall graduate and MAcc GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. Core MAcc courses that are not compliant with the time to degree policy must be reviewed to determine proficiency.

Graduates of this program are now successfully pursuing careers in public accounting as auditors, consultants, and tax practitioners; in industry as financial and operational managers; and in government in a variety of roles. The emphasis on written and verbal skills, when combined with the emphasis on analysis and advanced technical information, is intended to prepare graduates to pursue a wide variety of professional opportunities.

Contact the department for information about graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Foundational Proficiencies

Admission to candidacy in the MAcc program is gained by demonstrating proficiency in the college’s core curriculum and the following courses:

ACG 3101Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACG 3111Intermediate Financial Accounting II3
ACG 3343Cost Accounting3
ACG 3401Accounting Information Systems3
ACG 4151Accounting Theory3
ACG 4201Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACG 4651Auditing3
BUL 3130Legal Environment of Business3
FIN 3403Managerial Finance3
TAX 4001Tax Accounting3
Total Hours30

A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required for all proficiency courses.  Proficiencies may be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of equivalent courses or by special examination. Courses completed more than four years prior to admission must be reviewed and, in most instances, an examination to determine proficiency will be recommended.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests*:
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent
  • Submission of two academic/professional letters of recommendation

* The graduate admission test may be waived for the following: 

  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from an AACSB accredited institution, with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher, and an undergraduate Program/Major GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Applicants who have passed all four parts of the CPA examination as documented by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
  • Applicants who have earned a business related master’s degree from an AACSB accredited institution. 

Application and Counseling

Inquiries should be addressed to the chairperson of the Department of Accounting and Finance. The chairperson or a representative will assist in all matters of application, admission, degree planning, and graduation. Copies of the transcripts describing prior academic work and results of the graduate admission test should be submitted at the time of application to the Graduate School.