MAcc curriculum overview
The KU MAcc program builds upon a foundation of accounting knowledge with challenging and advanced coursework. Students with undergraduate accounting degrees can complete the MAcc program in 10 to 15 months. Depending on required prerequisites, non-accounting undergraduates can finish the program in one-and-a-half to two years.
The full-time program includes 30 credit hours of curriculum. New students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer semesters. All coursework can be completed on the Lawrence campus. Students may also choose to take certain classes at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas, or through various study abroad opportunities.
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. Download a comprehensive listing of track requirements (PDF).
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.