A comprehensive graduate degree designed to prepare students for a career as a CPA or CMA certified accountant.
The Master of Accountancy (MAc) degree program is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and current accounting professionals who wish to further develop their expertise. For many students, the MAc will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.
Job support activities run concurrently with course work. The Accounting Career Fair is held yearly in late September, after which public accounting firms, government agencies, and corporations compete for candidates. Online students will be invited to our San Francisco campus to take part in this weekend of professional development and networking with top firms.
Graduates of the master of accountancy program will demonstrate:
- The ability to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results in writing.
- The ability to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally.
- Knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of subjects relevant to a future career as an accountant. A nonexhaustive list of topics includes financial accounting principles and doctrines, auditing, internal controls, accounting information systems, managerial accounting, fraud examination, taxation, business law, economics, finance, international business, forensic accounting, and data analysis techniques.
- An understanding of the business, legal, professional and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, and will be able to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
All students are encouraged to participate in an internship for experience and course credit.
To be prepared for the MAc program, students should have taken the following courses from a nationally accredited institution with a grade of C- or better.
- ACCT 1A Introductory Financial Accounting
- MATH 20 Intermediate Algebra
- FI 100 Financial Management
And one of the following:
- ECON 1 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 2 Principles of Macroeconomics
Graduate degree programs require proficiency in writing to ensure that students are successful in their course of study.
79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS or 57 PTE is the minimum exam score.
Core courses - 33 units
- ACCTG 300 Accounting Research and Communication
- ACCTG 301 Introduction to Accounting Standards and Accounting Information Systems
- ACCTG 301A Intermediate Accounting I
- ACCTG 301B Intermediate Accounting II
- ACCTG 302 Accountants Professional Responsibility and Ethics
- ACCTG 305 Advanced Financial Accounting Topics
- ACCTG 310 Auditing
- ACCTG 312 Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
- ACCTG 351B Advanced Studies in Business Law
- ACCTG 351C Communication and Analysis of Financial Information
- ACCTG 360 Federal Taxation
Concentration - 12 units
Choose one of the following:
- Financial Accounting & Reporting Concentration
- Forensic Accounting Concentration
- Internal Auditing Concentration
- Management of Accounting Concentration
- Taxation Concentration
International student welcome scholarship
Golden Gate University welcomes international students from all over the world. We are excited to introduce a one-time scholarship for all international students who enroll in our Graduate Degree Program and meet the requirements. You may receive a scholarship in the amount of up to USD $2,000 off tuition.
Cost & Fees
$3,045 per 3-unit course
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