About the Program
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 at ACU has been ranked in the Top 10 schools with the highest CPA Exam pass rates.