Our AACSB accredited MAcc program is designed to fully prepare students to enter the accounting profession and to meet the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states. It builds upon a foundation of accounting knowledge with challenging and relevant coursework in business, accounting, information systems, and law.
Our unique 10-week spring semester and integrated CPA examination review program on the Lawrence Campus provide students the opportunity to earn their CPA credentials before they start to work.
Students with undergraduate accounting degrees can complete the MAcc program in one year. Non-Accounting undergraduates will take 1½ - 2 years to complete the program, depending on required prerequisites needed.
The MAcc program offers four different tracks of coursework to support a diversity of career choice. Each track requires 30 credit hours, but the number and type of required courses and electives in each track varies.
The Assurance (Audit) track curriculum prepares students for a career in external audit at public accounting firms. External auditors examine financial records and assess internal controls to ensure a company’s financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
The Advisory/Consulting Services track curriculum helps students develop the skills necessary to become successful advisors in a complex and diverse business world. Advisory and consulting services careers vary greatly and include risk management, IT audit, performance improvement, fraud and forensics, business valuation and mergers and acquisitions.
The Corporate track curriculum prepares students for a career outside of public accounting, including private industry, not-for-profit and government. Typical entry-level positions are in the areas of corporate accounting and internal audit.
The Tax track curriculum prepares students to meet the demands of a career in taxation, including positions in public accounting or corporate tax. There are many opportunities to specialize as a tax professional, including state and local tax, international tax, transfer pricing and estate and trust planning.