Master of Accountancy



Masters
Graduate Degree
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
One-Year Program

Overview

The Master of Accountancy prepares students for a successful, professional career in accounting and, additionally, for the CPA exam. A MAcc positions our students for the fast track to leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.

Who It's For

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.

Key Benefits

  • The classes are structured to be completed in five 7-week blocks spread over 45 weeks.
  • Students come to campus 2 to 3 nights per week.
  • Westminster believes in a hands-on learning approach. Small class sizes (average 20-25) allows an internal control audit; visiting governmental and business offices; and interacting with visiting professionals.
  • MAcc students have the opportunity to attend classes and activities with Westminster MBA students 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.
  • 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 pass rate for students taking the CPA exam directly following a block of classes is above 90%.

How Long it Takes

The MAcc is designed as a one-year, full-time evening program.

"The thing that impacted me most from my experience at Westminster was the collaborative nature of the classes. I was in a small class, so we worked and learned together instead of listening to the professor lecture. I feel like this better prepared me for teamwork in the workplace and helped me develop a professional relationship with my peers, which I have maintained after graduation."

Lauren VanOs (MAcc)

About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • 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
  • Communicate clearly and professionally in writing, orally and inter-personally.
  • Analyze complex financial problems, make reasonable assumptions, and develop and support appropriate solutions.

Plan of Study

Program Core

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.

Start Date

August, January, and May

New classes start every seven weeks.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) prepares you for leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.

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Tuition and Fees

30 credits at $1,000/credit

$30,000 all-inclusive tuition

Tuition includes all books, fees, networking events, printing, and parking. Tuition is locked for five years once enrolled.

Scholarships

Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Application Priority Deadlines

Summer 2017: March 1, 2017
Fall 2017: June 1, 2017

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