Master of Accounting - MAcc


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Program Description

World-Class Academics: Cutting-Edge Knowledge Across the Board

The new standard in MAcc education that Michigan has created starts with academic prowess across the board, and a combination of superb faculty and superb teaching that delivers unsurpassed knowledge--along with the technology, facilities, and ability to apply that knowledge highly effectively.

Michigan has a tradition of building deep expertise in every business function. In today's cross-functional business world, that tradition is paying off dramatically and matters more than ever. At Michigan, you can choose a specialty and know that you're going to learn about your chosen functional area from some of the finest minds in the field. You will not only develop advanced expertise through one of the largest arrays of elective courses available anywhere but also integrate that knowledge with every other business functional area.

Teaching Quality

The Michigan accounting faculty is highly regarded for their rigorous research activities, practical experience and most importantly, their excellent teaching. Michigan students are assured of obtaining high-quality instruction, attention, and counseling throughout the program.

The University of Michigan Business School is an internationally recognized research institution. Accordingly, faculty members are among the leading experts in their fields. Faculty members also keep on the cutting-edge of business practice through consulting with corporations around the world and through teaching courses in Michigan's Executive Education program, which has the largest market share of any business school in the world.

Michigan is serious about bringing all that business knowledge to students as effectively as possible. A strong philosophical consensus among the Michigan faculty and administration has produced a requirement that professors demonstrate outstanding performance both in developing business knowledge (research) and in delivering that knowledge (teaching) in order to secure a permanent position at the School. While some institutions favor one or the other, Michigan has been in the enviable position of requiring--and getting--both.

An Effective Blend of Teaching Methods

The mix of cutting-edge professors, emphasis on teaching quality and personal attention, and the varied insights the diverse student body brings to the classroom or project work is powerful.

Teaching methods in the classroom vary, with a mix of lectures, case studies, and project work. Why the mix? First, no one method can do it all. Second, faculty needs the freedom to use the methods that work best for them and their subject matter. Professors tend to emphasize the theory and detailed knowledge of the discipline they teach, along with practical and often cross-functional applications.

Teamwork is a fact of life for effectiveness in business. And it's a fact of life for students in the Michigan MAcc program. It is very common for papers, presentations, case studies, and sometimes exams to be done as part of a team. Sometimes it's required by the professor and sometimes it's initiated by students.

The Curriculum

Ten core and elective courses are necessary to complete the MAcc degree. The program culminates in a graduate research seminar, which provides students with an opportunity to synthesize and apply the skills they acquired throughout the program and to build depth of knowledge in a particular industry, and/or accounting related topic.

The challenging core curriculum consists of a broad but balanced series of accounting and financial reporting courses. In these core courses, students obtain a command of business and accounting concepts and analytical tools used for decision-making.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a premier educational institution within one of the finest research universities worldwide. Our mission is to develop leaders in ... Read More

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a premier educational institution within one of the finest research universities worldwide. Our mission is to develop leaders in thought and action, who are ready to tackle the challenging, multidisciplinary problems facing society. Leaders who can provide moral and civic leadership, and who leverage their influence for the benefit of society. At Michigan, our over-arching strength is our unique ability to bridge scholarly theory with business practice. We believe true leadership begins with a holistic understanding of business. At our core is the pursuit of “intellectual capital with impact.” These are the ideas our faculty bring to the classroom and the tools our graduates use to shape the world. We’re interested in students who want to partner with faculty to co-create a very customized, robust educational experience. Our strategy to develop students’ leadership capability – in addition to impact requisite business knowledge and skills – is to provide action-based learning opportunities rooted in real-world issues. With an MBA from Michigan's Ross School of Business, you’ll enter the marketplace as a leader with the confidence and wisdom to define and achieve your vision of success. Read less
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