MAcc Curriculum

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is a high-quality, dynamic program designed to fully prepare students to enter the accounting profession. A challenging curriculum, acclaimed faculty and opportunities for real-world learning blend to provide a robust and thorough graduate program.

The MAcc program allows students to complete the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states, including Kansas and Missouri. It also consistently boasts a high job placement rate and is designed to produce first-class accounting graduates.

Program Overview

The MAcc program, offered at the Lawrence Campus, builds on an existing foundation of accounting knowledge with challenging and relevant graduate coursework in business, accounting and information systems.

Prerequisite Courses

The MAcc program is designed to be a seamless fifth year of study for accounting students. However, those beginning the program without an accounting degree may be required to take certain prerequisite courses. Incoming students must have a foundation in accounting that includes coursework in introductory and intermediate financial accounting, introductory and intermediate managerial accounting, information systems for accountants, introductory taxation, and auditing.


The curriculum is dependent upon the specific track chosen. Each track is 30 credit hours in length, but the number and type of courses vary. Many courses in the MBA program are available to MAcc students as business electives.

Real-World Learning

Access to real-world learning opportunities is a significant component of the MAcc program. Students are highly encouraged to apply their understanding of business theory through experiential learning opportunities.

Business Consulting
Student teams serve as independent consultants assigned to address current issues within a major Kansas City-area business. These consulting teams interact with high level executives to analyze and recommend solutions and implementation strategies for their clients.
Fraud and Forensic Accounting Course
Inspired from national corporate scandals throughout the country, this course provides an overview of the various techniques used to solve these crimes. Students study issues including inventory theft, cash larceny techniques, payroll schemes, financial statement fraud, interviewing skills and interrogation, money laundering, and identity theft. Many then choose to continue their experience with a student membership in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Information Security Course
In this interactive course, students learn how companies can put themselves at risk by not understanding their electronic liabilities. Going beyond information security theory, this course provides solid security measures that can be used by anyone. The course also deals with vulnerabilities in operating systems, application security, network and telecom security, digital signatures and viruses.
Italy Campus
In association with the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA), MAcc students may seamlessly participate in a study abroad opportunity in Northeastern Italy. CIMBA boasts more than 35 member universities of which the KU School of Business is the degree-granting school.
Jayhawks on the Job
This Kansas City-based program allows students to “shadow” a business professional during the course of a workday afternoon. Jayhawks on the Job provides students with a focused experience that enhances their understanding of a particular field and the business world. It is also a great opportunity to network with local business professionals.
Students are also strongly encouraged to complete an internship in accounting during their course of study. Especially valuable for those students entering the program with limited business experience, an internship is a great opportunity to apply skills learned throughout the program. Internships often provide students with differentiating advantages in the recruiting process and may even lead to full-time job offers upon graduation.
The Xplore program provides opportunities to explore career paths outside the Kansas City area. Over fall break, the KU School of Business sponsors a group of selected accounting students to meet with firms and alumni over a fast-paced, action-packed, three-day visit to locations such as New York City, Chicago, Denver and Dallas.

The school and accounting program are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Our Finance Scholars travel to Wall Street every year
Students in Applied Portfolio Management class manage a fund valued at $1 million
Business students get hands-on experience valuing and analyzing investments
Top 20 undergraduate accounting program —Bloomberg Businessweek
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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