Master of Accounting
The Master of Accounting Experience
Accounting professionals must understand the economics of business arrangements in order to present investors with financial statements that transparently reflect the economics of these arrangements. These arrangements have become and continue to become exponentially more complex, resulting in substantial challenges for the accounting profession. Students can no longer be adequately prepared for a career in accounting by simply studying textbook details of such traditional topics as inventory and property, plant, and equipment.
Today's world demands that the accounting professional understand such issues as why and how companies use derivatives, when it makes sense to speed up the receipt of cash from receivables via securitizations, and how to determine whether companies have set up legal entities merely to move assets or liabilities off the balance sheet.
Our Master of Accounting curriculum is designed to prepare students to excel by combining a challenging study of financial economics with an intense immersion in all aspects of financial reporting, including a one-of-a-kind trip to meet the professionals dedicated to "keeping investors informed." We encourage you to become familiar with our distinctive curriculum and consider whether our program is the right match for you.
Course of Study
The Program is offered as a full-time two-semester program with additional summer study for non-Accounting majors. Students may choose their courses for a broad accounting emphasis or may choose to graduate with an Emphasis in Taxation, Auditing or Valuation.
We have carefully crafted a program that is more than just a series of courses: the Summer Term gives non-Accounting majors the courses they need to succeed in the program, the Fall Term consists of a rigorously designed core focusing on three integrated content areas and is followed by the Spring Term with a broad mix of elective courses.
We seek to create a diverse class by attracting students from both non-accounting and accounting undergraduate backgrounds. This diversity enriches the learning experience, but also makes it more challenging to design a course of study that has the integrity to meet the needs of all. Once enrolled, each student works with the Director of the MAcc program to determine the course of study most suited to his or her background and current interests.
Last updated July 31, 2015