Elective courses account for 13.5 credits of the 33-credit program. You can take advantage of the flexibility of the MACC curriculum to meet CPA exam eligibility requirements for the state where you want to work. Depending on your pre-MACC accounting course work, you may choose to focus in an accounting specialty or distribute your electives across a range of topics. And if you already have an extensive background in accounting, you may choose to take all of your electives in other important business areas, such as finance, operations and supply chain management, and strategy.
A distinctive feature of the MACC curriculum is our capstone course in Accounting Policy and Research. You'll acquire a big-picture understanding of accounting trends and regulatory issues, along with the critical-thinking skills to evaluate and debate them.
Students who enroll in the program after completing an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to pursue their MACC degree requirements in either a two-semester or three-semester format. The three-semester format, with the opportunity to seek a summer internship, is an excellent option if you have not had substantive work experience or if you would like to gain exposure to a different industry. However, if you have previous internship or full-time work experience, you may choose the two-semester format, without an internship opportunity, and complete the program in a single academic year.
Students already enrolled as Washington University undergraduates may apply for early admission to the MACC program and begin the graduate portion of their studies as seniors, spreading graduate course work over four semesters.