The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is targeted toward recent graduates from bachelors in accounting programs, as well as young professionals working in public accounting firms (within their first three years).
The demand for flexible, high quality accounting education at the master's level is at an all-time high, and is expected to continue growing at a rapid rate. Such growth is fueled by two key market dynamics: (1) most State Boards of Accountancy now require candidates to fulfill 150 credit hours in order to obtain a license (for most CPA candidates who are bachelor's degree holders, this means at least 30 credit hours of extra coursework is necessary), and (2) current hiring by public accounting firms is not only at a record high, but continued growth is projected.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Given the robust current and projected demand for high-quality flexible masters-level accounting education, students may enter the Master of Accountancy program in the following ways:
- A Master of Accountancy program delivered entirely online or on campus and targeted toward recent graduates from bachelors in accounting programs as well as young professionals working in public accounting firms (within their first three years).
Applicants must hold an undergraduate Bachelor's in Accounting degree or hold an undergraduate bachelors degree in business with the completion of satisfactory accounting coursework at the intermediate level as determined by the Accounting Department Chair.
Students who have not successfully completed appropriate coursework at the undergraduate level may be admitted and required to successfully complete a series of prerequisite courses as determined by the MAcc Program Director.
A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the undergraduate accounting major is required for admittance to graduate study.
- A five-year, combined bachelor's/master's in accountancy program, with the option to complete the fifth year through campus-based or online courses.
- For a student to be eligible for application to the five-year combined program, he/she must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate accounting major at The University of Scranton. The student may elect to reserve an admission position in the Master of Accountancy program as an incoming freshman. Such position will be reserved as long as the student maintains the GPA requirements of the program.
- The student is formally admitted into the Master of Accountancy program after applying and being accepted as early as their junior year in the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton.
- Once a student is admitted to this combined program, he/she would be permitted to take two graduate courses while still classified as an undergraduate student. If the two courses are “cross-listed” (graduate/undergraduate) courses as indicated below, they may count toward both the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and the Master of Accountancy degree:
The program also offers provisional and probationary acceptances. Information on these options can be found in our graduate course catalog.
For general application requirements, please click here.
The 30 credit-hour MAcc program takes a real-world and comprehensive approach to develop qualitative, analytical, and soft skills that are immediately applicable to professional accounting roles.
Required Graduate Courses (3 credits each):
- ECO 507 - Managerial Economics
- FIN 508 - Financial Management
- ACC 538 - Effective Accounting Communication
- ACC 539 - Accounting Ethics: The Foundation of the Profession
- ACC 540 - Contemporary Financial Accounting Topics
- ACC 550 - Applied Accounting Research (capstone)
Total Required Hours: 18 credits
Elective Graduate Courses (select any 4)
- ACC 514 - Accounting Integration and Configuration
- ACC 525 - International Accounting
- ACC 527 - Financial Reporting and Research
- ACC 531 - Advanced Auditing
- ACC 532 - Advanced Taxation & Regulation
- ACC 536 - Contemporary Managerial Accounting Topics
- ACC 541 - Financial Reporting Fraud Detection & Prevention
- ACC 542 - Occupational Fraud & Abuse
Total Elective Hours: 12 credits
Program Total: 30 credits
For more information visit our graduate course catalog.
Our fully Online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is designed with accounting professionals in mind. Housed in the AACSB-Accredited Kania School of Management, the MAcc degree prepares students for their CPA exam, helps influence strategic business plans, and enhances soft skills.
For students without a professional or educational background in accounting, we offer a 12-credit hour online accounting bridge option, which provides the prerequisite accounting courses that lay the foundation needed to be successful in the master’s program.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Online Course Requirements
Foundation Courses - 15 credit hours
- ECO 507: Managerial Economics
- FIN 508: Financial Management
- ACC 538: Effective Accounting Communication
- ACC 539: Accounting Ethics: The Foundation of the Profession
- ACC 540: Contemporary Financial Accounting Topics
Advanced Electives - 12 credit hours (choose four)
- ACC 514: Accounting Integration and Configuration
- ACC 525: International Accounting
- ACC 527: Financial Reporting and Research
- ACC 531: Advanced Auditing
- ACC 532: Advanced Taxation & Regulation
- ACC 536: Contemporary Managerial Accounting Topics
- ACC 541: Financial Reporting Fraud Detection & Prevention
- ACC 542: Occupational Fraud and Abuse
Capstone - 3 credit hours
ACC 550: Applied Accounting Research
Accounting Bridge Courses – 12 credit hours (for non-accounting majors only)
ACC 502 – Accounting for Management
Students may also take one of the following:
- ACC 538 – Accounting Communication or ACC 539 – Accounting Ethics
- ACC 505 – Intermediate Accounting I
- ACC 506 – Intermediate Accounting II
- ACC 507 – Intermediate Accounting III