Think beyond the basics.

Looking to advance your accounting career? Our Master's in Accountancy (MACC) and Master's in Taxation (MTAX) programs will prepare you for a rewarding career as an upper-level accountant or licensed CPA. Our small accounting class sizes allow each student to receive one-on-one attention from our faculty of industry experts.

Through case studies, simulations and experiential exercises, you will practice ethical leadership and learn to negotiate financial strategies with clients and internal teams. With electives such as Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting and State and Local Taxation, you can specialize your accounting degree in the fields you find most relevant to your goals. You can also take advantage of studying abroad and visiting international firms to gain a global accounting perspective.

Your career starts here.

More than 30 top employers, including the Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies, actively recruit USD students. Our programs offer many opportunities for students to connect directly with these industry leaders.

On-campus recruiting and networking events: Introduce yourself to representatives from accounting firms, government agencies, and private companies through career fairs and social events.

On-campus interviews: Meet with accounting firms on campus for internship or employment opportunities.

Off-campus office tour and interviews: Accept invitations from accounting firms to attend half-day events in their office, typically involving three to four more interviews, lunch or dinner and networking time.

The program that provides the skills and experience to accelerate your accounting or tax career. Gain the experience you need to become a high-level accountant or CPA.

The Master of Science in Accountancy Program (MACC) or the Master of Science in Taxation (MTAX) program at the University of San Diego School of Business offers a curriculum that focuses on interactively developing the skills needed by accountants and financial managers. These programs are a specialized masters degree designed to provide accountants the skills needed in mid- to upper-level accounting or tax positions and skills needed in professional positions where finance, information systems, and related financial skills are as essential as accounting skills. Further, the program provides students with leadership, communication, interpersonal and ethical skills for supervisory-level positions.

In less than one year, we equip you with:

  • Real-world, practical accounting or tax experience
  • A personalized learning experience
  • Academically rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Values-based education
  • Study aboard opportunities
  • Connections to industry professionals

Master's in Accountancy/Taxation Example Schedule

Whether you are a MACC or MTAX student, you will build an advanced foundation in ethics, leadership, and negotiation. The MACC schedule is designed to be flexible, while the MTAX schedule is more structured to simulate the nature of a tax career.

Classes are offered once per the calendar year and each one is three units. We hold all of our classes at USD's campus. Our five-week classes are held two nights per week and the ten-week classes are held one night per week. Prerequisite classes are held during daytime hours. Our admissions committee will inform you of whether you will need additional prerequisites.

Unit Breakdown

Total MACC Units: 30

  • Required: 9 units
  • Electives: 21 units

Total MTAX Units: 30

  • Required: 24 units
  • Electives: 6 units

Pre-program preparation (for international students)

The International Student Introductory Program is held in early to mid-August.

MACC* MTAX**
Fall
MACC 522 Investment Planning and Risk Management
MACC 540 Controllership and Cost Management
MACC 561 Partnership Taxation Required
MACC 562 Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning Required
MACC 594 Accounting Analytics
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship
Intersession
MACC 520 Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning
Spring
MACC 531 Applied Research for Financial Accountants and Auditors
MACC 560 Tax Research Required
MACC 564 Advanced Corporate Taxation Required
MACC 594 Not-for-Profit Accounting
MACC 594 Entrepreneurial Finance
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship
Summer
MACC 501 Ethics for Accounting Professionals Required Required
MACC 502 Leadership in an Accounting Team Environment Required Required
MACC 503 Negotiations: Strategy, Practice, and Ethics Required Required
MACC 525 Financial Statement Analysis for Accountants
MACC 532 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
MACC 563 State and Local Taxation Required
MACC 580 International Accounting Standards (study abroad class taken concurrently with MACC 581)
MACC 581 European Accounting Business Environment (study abroad class is taken concurrently with MACC 580)
MACC 594 Taxation, Policies and Procedures
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship

*For MACC, select seven additional elective classes with approval from the academic program director.
For example, MACC 540 and MACC 594 during Fall; MACC 520 during Intersession; MACC 531 and MACC 594 during Spring; and MACC 525 and MACC 532 during Summer. Electives will vary by student.

**For MTAX, select two additional elective classes with approval from the academic program director.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
10 - 17 months
Full-time
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45,600 USD
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