Program Goals

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is designed to meet the needs of students interested in a professional career in accounting. Students completing this program will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam and positioned for the fast track to leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.

Upon completion of the Master of Accountancy, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate a mastery of professional accounting standards and the ability to perform research within the core accounting areas:
    • Financial accounting
    • Managerial/cost accounting
    • Tax
    • Audit
  • Analyze and evaluate ethical situations that might arise in a professional environment.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally in writing, orally and interpersonally.
  • Analyze complex financial problems, make reasonable assumptions, and develop and support appropriate solutions.

Program Advantages

The Westminster Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is designed as a fifth-year, full-time evening program to satisfy the requirements for CPA licensure. We encourage our students to hold daytime jobs in accounting and will offer assistance in locating students in local CPA firms. Students who follow our program should be fully licensed as CPAs within twelve months of finishing their undergraduate accounting degree.

  • The classes are structured to be completed in five 7-week blocks spread over 45 weeks.
  • Typically, MAcc students only need to come to class for two nights per week.
  • Westminster believes in a hands-on learning approach. Small class sizes (average 20-25) allow faculty to include such activities as participating in an internal control audit; visiting governmental and business offices; and interacting with visiting professionals.
  • MAcc students have the opportunity to share classes and activities with Westminster MBA student including Master Track, Power Lunches, Delta Mu Delta, Opportunity Quest, International Context Tour, and Lectures in Entrepreneurship.
  • Students are encouraged to sit for and pass one section of the CPA exam at the conclusion of each block. Our MAcc courses integrate CPA exam simulations with textbook material, experiential learning, and research projects. The pass rate for students taking the CPA exam directly following a block of classes is above 90%.
  • Every MAcc student is provided with a CPA review course including videos, simulations, and online support, including access to the CPA review course until the exam is passed.
  • In addition to mastering accounting skills, our students focus on developing written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Each of our students has the opportunity to watch and evaluate their performance in communication exercises.
  • The price for the MAcc is all inclusive. It includes tuition, fees, parking, books, and a CPA review course.
  • Graduates become a permanent part of the Westminster Alumni Network and have the opportunity to take advantage of a menu of great activities throughout their careers, including an array of continuing education opportunities.

Program Requirements

The program requires 30 credits for those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Students without an accounting degree must complete all of the courses required for an undergraduate degree in accounting. It is expected that these students will complete the program in one calendar year. Admitted students will be officially informed which, if any, prerequisite classes are required at the time of admission.

Admission to the program is possible during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The expected credit load per semester is 12 credits in Fall, 12 Credits in Spring, and 6 credits in the Summer.

Please see the Academic Catalog for specific class listings and requirement information.