Master of Accountancy
Dr. Joyce Ellis
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) academically prepares students for a wide range of accounting-related careers, including public accounting, corporate accounting, internal auditing, accounting in not-for-profit organizations, and job opportunities with state and local government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Defense Contract Audit Agency, FBI and others. The program is designed for students with little or no previous accounting background who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline, but it is not appropriate for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting. Course content is based largely on the published content specifications of the Uniform CPA Exam. Students who do well in this academic program and who also, upon completing the program, invest several hundred hours of study in a recognized CPA Exam review course, have a good to excellent chance of passing the CPA Exam. Also, the CPA Exam contains questions in areas other than accounting, including business law, economics, and finance, so students whose undergraduate coursework did not include these subjects should consider taking college level courses in these subject areas or depend upon coverage in a CPA Exam review course.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Measure, prepare, analyze, and report accounting information based on generally accepted accounting principles for businesses and for governmental and non-profit entities.
- Utilize current information technologies, methodologies, and systems, to plan, implement, execute, and analyze performance of the organization and its resources.
- Apply tax rules and regulations relating to individuals and business enterprises.
- Analyze cost and managerial accounting data and other qualitative information to prepare reports for external and internal decision-making.
- Utilize auditing principles and procedures applicable to business, governmental, and not-for-profit entities.
- Apply ethical and legal concepts to accounting and tax problems.
- Integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from the program to analyze and solve accounting related issues.
- Demonstrate effective communication of accounting information.
(14 courses; 63 quarter units) To receive a Master of Accountancy, students must complete at least 63 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section in graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Core Requirements (14 courses; 63 quarter units)