Accountancy, MAcc

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Curriculum

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 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

    For general application requirements, click here

    Curriculum

    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
    For more information visit our graduate course catalog..

      Why Choose Scranton?

      Nationally Ranked

      The University's MAcc program is ranked #1 in the nation by Best College and the accounting program is ranked #17 by U.S. News.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

      Faculty Engagement

      Work alongside faculty and distinguished executive alumni who will assist with personal academic planning throughout the program.

      Why Choose Scranton?

      MACC Bridge Option

      Student with a non-accounting background have a 12 credit hour Accounting Bridge option to the program.

      Learn from Expert Faculty

      Our top-tier, practicing faculty members understand the real world challenges you will face as an accounting professional.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States, we are dedicated to developing the whole person.

      What You'll Learn

      Business is constantly changing and The University of Scranton is committed to ensuring our students are prepared for the opportunities of tomorrow. Based on employer and student feedback, we introduced new courses in governmental and non-profit accounting in fall 2014. Strong learning outcomes are guaranteed at The University of Scranton.

      This program enables students to meet the 150-hour credit hours required by various states for the CPA exam, while also providing them with the ability to hone their skills in specific areas like financial accounting, auditing, fraud examination and others. It also provides students with the opportunity to engage in coursework in an online format, thus enabling them to pursue employment opportunities while simultaneously completing the degree.

      We’ll prepare you to:

      •  Hone advanced technical skills demanded in senior level positions
      •  Be an accounting professional with a high level of integrity and interpersonal skills
      •  Handle post-SOX regulations and ethical responsibilities
      •  Leverage accounting knowledge and skills to solve business problems
      •  Make strategic financial decisions
      •  Obtain your CPA and other professional certifications

      Pass the CPA Exam with CPAexcel

      The University of Scranton Online MACC program offers the Wiley CPAexcel® tool to students for a deep discount. The tool is designed for continuous access to prep material for the duration of your exam preparation until you pass the exam.

      Inside the Classroom

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      Learning Goals

      Students will gain extensive knowledge in the field and understand how accounting information is generated & disseminated.

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      Capstone Experience

      Immerses the student in research topics that require a mastery of research process & critical thinking skills.

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      CPA Exam Preparation

      Every student has the comprehensive tools and confidence to pass the CPA exam following graduation.

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      Assistantships

      Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

      Beyond The Classroom

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      Professional Council

      The Accounting Department Professional Council are practicing CPAs who offer curriculum consulting, student mentorship, and more.

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      Career Outlook

      The demand for flexible, high quality accounting education at the master’s level is at an all-time high due to Sarbanes-Oxley.

      Successful Graduates

      Companies that have hired recent accounting graduates

      Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Baker Tilly, PwC, McGrail, Merkel, Quinn & Assoc., SEI Investments

      Career Opportunities

      Director of Accounting, Tax Director, Director of Financial Reporting, Financial Analyst, Chief Risk Officer, Controller, Internal Auditor, and CFO

      Successful Graduates

      Employment Opportunities

      Director of Accounting, Tax Director, Director of Financial Reporting, Financial Analyst, Chief Risk Officer, Controller, Internal Auditor, and Chief Financ

      Where Will Accountancy Take Me?

      • Someone working in accountancy leadership may support a number of job functions including financial advisory services, consulting, growth enterprise, taxes, audits, and more.
      • Those working in accountancy leadership roles may work in a variety of professional environments, including the Big Four accounting firms: Deloitte LLP, PwC, EY, and KPMG.
      • Graduates may also work for regional and local public accounting firms with a focus on advancing the financial growth of these organizations.
      • Our alumni work at all levels in public accounting, public and private companies and government agencies.
      • Many of our alumni who serve in senior executive roles provide outstanding career mentoring and internship/job placement opportunities.

      Top 5 Soft Skills Accountants Need

      Soft skills are a critical piece of a successful accounting career and are a focus of The University of Scranton online master’s in accountancy program. Accounting soft skills like communication or critical thinking can take average and competent accountants and transform them into stellar performers. Developing these skills takes time, which is why they're often the focus of graduate programs and later personal-development workshops.

      Learn more about the top 5 skills you need to develop when working in the accounting profession.

      Accreditation

      The Kania School of Management is fully accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business). We are the only university in Northeastern Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation. Worldwide, only five percent of business schools are accredited by AACSB.

      AACSB accreditation is a seal of approval that reflects the quality of business school. It ensures that the students are learning relevant material; evaluation is done every five years including self-evaluations, peer reviews, committee reviews, faculty qualifications, and curriculum.

      Meet the Program Director

      Dr. James F. Boyle, DBA, CPA, is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting Department at the University of Scranton, where he also serves as the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program and the Faculty Advisor for Accounting Internships. Dr. Boyle is a Certified Public Accountant and has significant professional experience working in public accounting and in internal auditing.

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      James Boyle, D.B.A., C.P.A.

      Graduate Accountancy Program Director Assistant Professor of Accounting

      Education

      B.S., The University of Scranton M.B.A., The University of Scranton D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

      Contact

      (570) 941-6495

      Meet the Program Director

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      James F. Boyle, D.B.A., C.P.A.

      Graduate Accountancy Program Director Assistant Professor of Accounting

      Education

      B.S., The University of Scranton M.B.A., The University of Scranton D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

      Contact

      (570) 941-6594

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