Master of Accountancy

A comprehensive graduate degree designed to prepare students for a career as a CPA or CMA certified accountant.


The Master of Accountancy (MAc) degree program is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and current accounting professionals who wish to further develop their expertise. For many students, the MAc will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.

Students may pursue the MAc in-person -- part-time during the evening or full-time during the day -- or online at their own pace.

The full-time day MAc is an intensive cohort? program that allows students to complete the degree in as little as 12 months, and provides extensive support for securing employment after graduation.

Job support activities run concurrently with course work. The Accounting Career Fair is held yearly in late September, after which public accounting firms, government agencies, and corporations compete for candidates. Online students will be invited to our San Francisco campus to take part in this weekend of professional development and networking with top firms.



Earn the MAc degree on campus or online -- at your own pace or on a fixed schedule with a group of peers.




Course Delivery
in-person in-person and / or online
fixed schedule self-paced
Course Load
full-time part- or full-time
Completion Time
12 months 2 - 4 years
fixed start term (July) start any term


Students can expect to learn a range of skills, knowledge and abilities. Graduates will:
  • be able to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally and in writing.
  • have a defined body of knowledge of essential accounting principles and doctrines, including but not limited to the following, and be able to critically apply these principles to practical situations and to adapt to changing work environments: revenue recognition; IFRS; auditing; internal controls; control environment; materiality; ethics, both practical implementation and professional responsibility; and fraud.
  • be prepared to be effective accounting decision makers in an increasingly international business environment.
  • have an understanding of the business, legal, professional, and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, including the ability to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
  • have experience and skill in accomplishing objectives by collaboration.


Olga Fish, MAc 14

Olga Fish, MAc 14

Business/Accounting Instructor, College of Alameda

Read about Olga Fish

Jesse Sapakie, MAc 15

Jesse Sapakie, MAc 15

Accountant, CloudFlare, Inc.

Read about Jesse Sapakie

Lena Ajamian, MAc 11

Lena Ajamian, MAc 11

Accountant, CellMark

Read about Lena Ajamian


All students are encouraged to participate in an internship for experience and course credit.


The Master of Accountancy program requires 45 units of graduate coursework beyond proficiency courses (which depends on each student's background but can range from 0 - 12 units in math, economics, and finance). The core courses make up 33 units and 12 units in either the general, forensic, or taxation concentrations.

Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before the completion of the foundation program, but must complete the foundation by the time 12 units have been earned in the advanced program.


Accounting Courses: $2,925 per 3-unit course.

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: