Master of Accountancy


Program Description

Program Purpose

The mission of the MAcc program is to achieve excellence in accounting education and to cultivate a passion for life-long learning founded on the values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The core values of the program are:

  • Student focus - We view students as our primary customers and our partners in learning.
  • Scholarship - We endorse a broad definition of scholarship as evidenced by quality and peer review.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The MAcc program is a program with a focus on accounting, builds on a broad graduate education in business, and finishes with a specific focus in accounting. The goal of the program is to help students build careers in public accounting, industry or government, financial services, corporate accounting or other private sector or accounting positions, and education through a Ph.D. preparation program.

Students completing the Master of Accountancy will be able to -

  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate the complex environment of accounting and auditing standard setting in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Successfully perform accounting and audit practice research using the latest information search databases and technology.
  • Apply research findings to resolve complex accounting treatment or disclosure choices.
  • Apply knowledge and demonstrate technical proficiency in the areas including, but not limited to, marketing, strategy, finance, organizational behavior, advanced financial and managerial accounting, financial statement auditing, accounting information systems risk and controls, taxation, financial statement analysis, and fraud detection to resolve complex business decision maker issues, with particular emphasis on issues facing financial statement preparers and users.
  • Apply marketing, operations, finance, organizational behavior and advanced taxation accounting concepts as they apply to professional practice.
  • Develop an approach to gather sufficient appropriate evidence and conduct rigorous analyses to evaluate the fairness of business assertions.
  • Work effectively in groups to solve complex accounting and auditing problems.
  • Communicate the evidence, evaluation, and results associated with a proposed resolution of complex accounting issues orally and in writing.
  • Apply high standards of ethical decision-making processes to complex professional accounting issues.
  • Pursue and select among desirable professional career opportunities in industry and professional accounting firms.


  • Joint MAcc/Law Program
  • MAcc-Tax Track
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Named for J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, the Marriott School of Management shares many of the same values that have built one of the world's most successful hospitality companies.When founding his ... Read More

Named for J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, the Marriott School of Management shares many of the same values that have built one of the world's most successful hospitality companies.When founding his company in 1927, Mr. Marriott said, "success is never final." We follow in this spirit-encouraging innovation, watching the details, and pushing for perfection. Mission Education To attract, develop, and place men and women of faith, character, and professional ability who will become outstanding leaders capable of dealing with change in a dynamic, global environment. Research To advance knowledge by building on strong conceptual foundations to identify and solve critical management problems, focusing special attention on global, technological, and entrepreneurial drivers. Outreach To extend the blessings of management education to members of the worldwide Church. Friendship To develop friends for the university and Church around the world through service in professional organizations and by collaborating in the development of management-education programs. School Brigham Young University's college of business became the School of Management in 1975. The school was named for Marriott Corporation founders J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott in 1988. The Marriott School is housed in the N. Eldon Tanner Building, a seven-story, 120,000 square foot, granite building located on BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Students Approximately 1,900 undergraduate students and 1,100 graduate students are enrolled in the Marriott School. Nearly 75 percent of the students are bilingual, about 20 percent speak a third language. Most have lived abroad. The school enrolls approximately 10 percent, international students. Alumni The school has nearly 44,000 alumni. More than 900 alumni actively advise students through the volunteer mentor program. More than 500 alumni and friends are involved with the school's advisory council and program-specific boards. Read less