Graduate School - Accounting
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is designed primarily to prepare students for professional careers that frequently begin in public accounting. Most students in the program intend to become Certified Public Accountants. The curriculum adds to and broadens the accounting and business knowledge acquired from undergraduate studies.
Accounting education, virtually static for decades, is going through dynamic change prompted by several forces. The business world is more complex, and the public is demanding more meaningful financial reporting. Accountants no longer work in isolation, but instead contribute to the business as part of a team. Financial transactions are more sophisticated. Accounting and auditing standards are more numerous and require greater interpretive skills.
Technology is also altering the way we work, learn and communicate. Students and employees must build skills that enable them to use technology to do their work, to manage information, to document and create processes, to research, and to communicate.
Expectations for academic and technical proficiency are considered minimum criteria for entry into the accounting profession. Additionally, students are expected to develop skills in written and oral communication, team work, critical thinking, problem solving (in an unstructured environment) and creativity.
A unique aspect of the MAcc program at ACU is the inclusion of graduate courses from outside of the College of Business Administration. The non-business electives create opportunities for students to connect their business learning to other disciplines, participate in different types of thinking and broaden their understanding of the community around them.
Two key ingredients for success in today’s world are flexibility and commitment to learning. Businesses, employees, students and educators must continually nurture these attributes if they are to endure and prosper. The Master of Accountancy degree, by its structure and intent, encourages students to become not just accountants, but lifelong learners.
The MAcc program is designed primarily for full-time study. For admission criteria, please refer to the Graduate School Admission Requirements section of this catalog. Supplemental requirements of all MAcc applicants are:
1. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting should have earned a minimum
3.00 GPA in their undergraduate accounting courses.
2. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in accounting will be expected to earn a
3.00 GPA in their accounting leveling courses before taking more than 9 hours of
3. A satisfactory GMAT score (generally a 50th percentile or better) is required of all
international students who transfer to the university unless they have completed 24 or
more semester hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00 from a college or university in the
4. A satisfactory GMAT score (generally a 50th percentile or better) may be required of
any student who applies to the MAcc program and who has not completed 24 or more
semester hours at ACU with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
5. A written personal statement of academic interests, strengths and weaknesses.
An applicant cannot be considered for admission until all graduate admission requirements are completed and received. Final action on the admissions request is usually completed within a few weeks from the receipt of all documents. Students are advised to complete and submit all admission materials as soon as possible. Students may apply to enter in either the fall or spring term.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting will generally meet all of the prerequisite standards. Applicants with other business degrees will generally meet the business prerequisites. All applicants must satisfy the prerequisites for accounting and business.
• Principles of Accounting I and II
• Intermediate Accounting I and II
• Income Tax - Individuals
• Advanced Accounting
• Corporate Finance
• Principles of Management
• Production Management
• Principles of Marketing
• Strategic Management
Major Code: ACCT
The MAcc degree is a 30-hour program that can be completed in one year by students with an undergraduate degree in accounting. Students with other business degrees and students without business degrees could expect to complete the program in two to three years.
Requirements for the MAcc degree are:
1. Accounting core, 24 hours:
MACC 603 Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
MACC 605 Financial Statement Analysis
MACC 609 Advanced Auditing
MACC 610 Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting and Reporting
MACC 611 Accounting for Governmental and Non-Profit Entities
MACC 621 Advanced Financial Management
MACC 622 Ethics and the Accounting Profession
MACC 624 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
2. Graduate (non-COBA) electives, 6 hours: consult with advisor.
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