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MAcc Curriculum

The master of accountancy curriculum is designed to provide you with greater depth and breadth in accounting education than the bachelor of accounting or master of business administration degrees.

Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting and students with degrees in fields other than accounting may pursue the MAcc degree, although students with little or no academic background in accounting or business are required to take additional undergraduate or prerequisite courses to qualify for the 600-level courses.

The master of accountancy (MAcc) curriculum consists of prerequisites and required coursework. The total amount of coursework required of MAcc student varies from 30 to 48 hours of academic credit depending on the amount of foundation coursework that can be waived with prior academic credit.

The MAcc program can be completed in 12 months by a full-time student who has all of the prerequisite courses waived. For the full-time student with no previous academic credit in accounting, the program can be completed in 20 months. For the part-time student, the time to complete the program varies depending on the number of courses taken each semester.

For a complete listing of courses and descriptions, see our Graduate Catalog.


The MAcc program includes 15 hours of accounting prerequisites.* These prerequisites prepare you for advanced study of accounting. Completion or waiver of a prerequisite is required for advanced study. Generally, an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited business school is sufficient to waive these prerequisites. Professional designations may also be accepted to waive the corresponding prerequisite courses. The following prerequisite accounting courses are required for the MAcc:


  • ACCT 581 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3 credit hours)

  • ACCT 582 - Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3 credit hours)

  • ACCT 583 - Auditing I (3 credit hours)

  • ACCT 584 - Federal Taxation of Income (3 credit hours)

*Additional course work may be required for the student to sit for the CPA exam. Prospective students who intend to sit for the CPA exam are encouraged to visit the State Board’s website for more information.

Required Coursework

MAcc students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours in advanced course work (600 level) to include required accounting core and accounting elective courses.

Global Experiences

The Else School of Management has two long-established international study programs:

  • The European Business Program is a three-week or six-week summer course of study conducted in such business and cultural centers as London, Dublin, Munich, and Florence. 

  • During the semester break, after Christmas and before the summer semester brings, study and stay at Casa Millsaps located in Merida, Mexico. Enjoy two weeks at the Millsaps College mini-campus in the Yucatan, visiting Mexican companies and organizations and learning about the culture of Mexico. 


Internships are encouraged and facilitated by the faculty of the Else School of Management. Internships are a cooperative effort involving the student, one or more Else School professors, and the student’s field supervisor. Together this group must agree upon terms of the internship as specified in the official internship registration documents provided by the registrar’s office. Activities of the intern must include legitimate academic inquiry and the student must be amenable to evaluation on that basis. Else School internships require the student to work in a meaningful capacity for at least 10–12 hours per week for the 14–week semester to receive three hours of graduate credit.

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