Master of Accounting
Success in the accounting profession entails more than just accounting expertise. It requires uncompromising ethics, analytical thinking, awareness of cultural nuances, and effective communication. The Tulane Masters of Accounting (MACCT) program prepares students on all these fronts and provides them with a head start to become leaders in the accounting profession.
The MACCT program's core courses provide academic rigor in auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, and taxation. The program's flexible structure gives students the option of adding a concentration in Finance, Energy or Taxation and to complete their coursework over 2 or 3 semesters. Additionally, if the student desires, the MACCT course offerings can enable a student to sit for the CPA exam.
We develop analytical thinking skills in our students through experiential learning in all our courses – Socratic discussions, case studies, group projects are all part of the coursework. Ethical issues in accounting are also woven into class discussions.
Tulane MACCT program boasts a world-class faculty who are exceptional teachers and active researchers. Our faculty has hands-on industry experience (e.g. investment banking, revenue authority, private tax practice, and expert testimony for litigation) which they integrate into the classroom. A business communications course and assignments in other courses further develop students' written and oral communication skills.
Tulane's diverse student population mimics the global business environment with students from various cultural, linguistic and business backgrounds coming together to learn both from our first-class faculty and each other. The program's small size also provides students with the opportunity to work closely with our faculty and develop meaningful relationships with fellow students.
Professional staff from the career management center (CMC) provide students with career education programs and counseling that respond to the current market and help students develop and manage their career. Services offered by the CMC include individual career coaching, assistance in developing effective cover letters and resumes, mock interviews, workshops on exploring and navigating the job market, etc. Ardent competition for Tulane MACCT students means that MACCT graduates are very successful in pursuing careers with the major public accounting firms as well as private industry.
Prerequisites (must be completed prior to beginning the program)
- Financial Accounting (Freeman School ACCN 2010 or 6010 or equivalent)
- Managerial or Cost Accounting (Freeman School ACCN 3010 or 6020 or equivalent)
- Intermediate Accounting I & II (Freeman School ACCN 3100 & 4110 or equivalent); or three semester hours of graduate intermediate accounting.
MACCT Core Courses (18 credits)
- Ethics in Accounting and Finance
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Advanced Managerial Accounting
- Business Law
- Taxation of Legal Entities
MACCT Electives (12 credits)
- Accounting Information Systems
- Alternative Financial Accounting Frameworks
- Energy Accounting
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Forensic Accounting
- Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting
- Research in Taxation
- Taxation of Individuals
- Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations
- Tax Planning for Corporate Decision Making
- Core Courses in the Risk Option (see below)
Students who have an accounting undergraduate degree may be eligible to take the MACCT Risk Option with the following core courses:
Core Courses (12 credits)
- Advanced Auditing
- Accounting Research
- Accounting for Business and Financial Risk
- Accounting and Controls for Operations Risk
The remaining 18 credits are electives; nine elective credits should consist of graduate coursework related to a specific business discipline or industry (e.g., finance, taxation, energy, entrepreneurship).
Each MACCT student will meet with a faculty adviser to develop a curriculum that is tailored to their interests and goals.
Joint Degree (BSM/MACCT) Benefits
Whereas most joint degree programs are comprised of two graduate degrees, at Tulane, our BSM-MAACT is an undergraduate and graduate degree that offers considerable advantages:
- Opportunities for full-time, paid, busy-season internship in the city and state where you ultimately want to work (counts for 3 hours of academic credit toward the 30 required for graduation).
- The same undergraduate financial package extends to the fifth year of study.
- Greater flexibility in fulfilling undergraduate requirements. An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required; in fact, employers report that they appreciate the diverse backgrounds that Tulane alumni bring to their operations.
- A streamlined recruitment process. Apply for the positions that interest you, interview with the respective firms when they come to campus to meet you in person, and then travel to the city where you plan to live for final interviews.
Special Considerations for International Students
- International students have access to the same amenities and services we offer domestic students, as well as some tailored to the international student experience*.
- Interview Preparation & Recruitment During our recruitment events, multi-national accounting firms interview international MACCT students for positions in their native countries.
The Career Management Center offers workshops specifically geared toward international MACCT students.