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Master of Accounting Curriculum

You take a minimum of 33 credits, a combination of required courses and graduate level electives, to complete the degree.

Of these 33 credits, 18 are required courses.

In addition, all MACC students are required to take the Intermediate Financial Accounting Foundation course (2 credits) before beginning the program. Your grade in this course counts toward GPA calculation. You must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average for graduation eligibility.

MACC Courses

Foundation Course during August

ACCT 562 Financial Accounting II (2)

This course is over and above the 33 required MACC credits. If required, it counts towards GPA calculation.

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Fall A Fall B
ACCT 503 Bus. Analytics Using Fin. Statements (1.5) ACCT 503B Advanced Business Analysis Using Financial Statements (1.5)
MGT 533 Effective Managerial Com. (1.5)
Electives include:
ACCT 500E Info Technology Control & Audit (1.5)
Full Semester Courses
ACCT 564 Auditing (3)
ACCT 567 Federal Income Taxes (3)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Spring A Spring B
Electives include:
ACCT 500H International Financial Reporting Standards (1.5)
ACCT 502 Managerial Control Systems (1.5)
ACCT 507 Financial Issues in Leasing (1.5)
Electives include:
ACCT 500C Tax & Business Strategy (1.5)
ACCT 500D Fraud Prevention (1.5)
ACCT 500I International Financial Reporting Standards II (1.5)
ACCT 508 Financial Reporting from the CFO’s Perspective (1.5)
ACCT 513 Special Topics in Management (1.5)
(Independent Study, including VITA)
MGT 520 Taylor Community Consulting Project (1.5)
Full Semester Courses
MGT 550Z Professional Communication Forum (1.5)
ACCT 563 Financial Accounting III (Adv. Accounting) (3)

Electives include:
MGT 501 Management Center Practicum (3) (MGT 520 or MGT 501, but not both)

(Final) Fall Semester (6 credits)

Fall A Fall B
Electives include:
MGT 5012 Ethics & Managerial Decision Making (1.5)
MGT 511A Law & Business Management (1.5)
Electives include:
MGT 511B Legal Issues at Business Stages (1.5)
ACCT 513 Special Topics in Management (1.5) (Independent Study)
Full Semester Courses
ACCT 555 Accounting Policy & Research (3)

Electives include:
MCT 501 Management Center Practicum (3)
Total 33 credits: 18 required, 7.5 degree electives, and 7.5 other electives
Academic Director - Mark Soczek
Download MACC Course Descriptions (PDF)

Note to International Students: Additional English courses may be added or waived based on an English assessment upon arrival. The pass/fail grade you receive will not count toward your GPA.

Transfer of Credit

Olin Business School will accept up to nine credits of graduate coursework taken at another AACSB accredited institution if the grades you earned are "B" or better, and the Academic Review Committee judges the courses to be equivalent to Olin MACC classes in quality and content. Submit the course syllabus and transcript to your academic advisor upon enrollment

CPA Exam

Along with a 120-credit hour undergraduate degree, the MACC Program offers enough credits to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in states with the “150-hour rule.”

Meeting CPA requirements is your responsibility. We encourage you to enroll in courses outside the University to fill any gaps in skills, if needed, since each state has different eligibility requirements.

If you plan to take the CPA exam in Missouri, please refer to the Missouri State Board of Accountancy. All state rules are outlined in the table on the site. Information about other state requirements can be found on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) website at