Master of Accountancy
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.
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Graduates of the master of accountancy program will demonstrate:
- The ability to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results in writing.
- The ability to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally.
- Knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of subjects relevant to a future career as an accountant. A nonexhaustive list of topics includes financial accounting principles and doctrines, auditing, internal controls, accounting information systems, managerial accounting, fraud examination, taxation, business law, economics, finance, international business, forensic accounting and data analysis techniques.
- An understanding of the business, legal, professional and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, and will be able to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
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.
The following requirements apply to students admitted Spring 2015 or later:
PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS -- 12 UNITS
- MATH 20
- Intermediate Algebra
- ECON 1
- Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 2
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- FI 100
- Financial Management
Proficiencies may be transferred in from a nationally accredited institution with a grade of C- or better.
ADVANCED PROGRAM -- 45 UNITS
CORE COURSES -- 33 UNITS
- ACCTG 300
- Accounting Research and Communication
- ACCTG 301
- Introduction to Accounting Standards and Accounting Information Systems
- ACCTG 301A
- Intermediate Accounting I
- ACCTG 301B
- Intermediate Accounting II
- ACCTG 302
- Accountants Professional Responsibility and Ethics
- ACCTG 305
- Advanced Financial Accounting Topics
- ACCTG 310
- ACCTG 312
- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
- ACCTG 351B
- Business Law
- ACCTG 351C
- Communication and Analysis of Financial Information
- ACCTG 360
- Federal Taxation
CONCENTRATION -- 12 UNITS
Choose one of the following:
The master of accountancy general concentration helps students master the theory and principles that frame a wide range of problems and issues encountered in the accounting profession.
REQUIRED COURSE -- 3 UNITS
ELECTIVES -- 9 UNITS
Any Accounting 302-level or higher course not part of this degree's core course requirements.
Courses from the Ageno School of Business or Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation may be taken upon adviser approval.
The master of accountancy (MAc) forensic accounting concentration is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and those already working in the profession who wish to develop specialized forensic accounting expertise.
The School of Accounting's MAc forensic accounting concentration includes courses in fraud examination, financial statement investigations, complex discovery and data management, the role of the expert and expert report, bankruptcy and insolvency, economic damages, valuation and lost profits.
The MAc forensic accounting concentration requires 45 units of graduate coursework. The requirements are 33 units of core courses, 9 units of required concentration courses and 3 units of accounting electives.
The foundation course -- ACCTG 372 Introduction to Financial Forensic Accounting -- must be completed with a B- or better.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS
ELECTIVES -- 3 UNITS
Choose from the following courses:
- ACCTG 373
- Forensic Accounting in Family Law (3 units)
- ACCTG 375A
- Economic Damages (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375C
- Forensic Valuation (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375D
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375G
- Construction Claims (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375I
- Lost Wages and Employment Litigation (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375J
- Disputes in Mergers & Acquisitions (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375K
- Intellectual Property (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375L
- Financial Statement Investigations (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375N
- Complex Discovery and Data Management (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375O
- Expert Testimony (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375P
- Role of the Expert and the Expert Report (1 unit)
- ACCTG 375R
- Allegations of Audit Failure (1 unit)
- ACCTG 376A-ZZ
- Special Topics in Forensic Accounting (1 unit)
- ACCTG 398
- Internship: Accounting (1-3 units)
The master of accountancy (MAc) taxation concentration is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and those already working in the profession who wish to further develop their expertise. By requiring an extensive focus on taxation, this concentration develops significant tax knowledge as part of a program that includes creation of a strong accounting foundation.
The School of Accounting's MAc taxation concentration includes required accounting coursework, with concentration courses in tax research, federal income taxation, property transactions.
The MAc taxation concentration requires completion of the master of accountancy proficiency requirements and 45 units of graduate coursework. The graduate course requirements are 33 units of core courses, 9 units of required concentration courses, and 3 units of tax electives.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS
- TA 318
- Advanced Federal Income Taxation
- TA 329
- Tax Research and Decision Making
- TA 330
- Property Transactions
ELECTIVES -- 3 UNITS
Choose from the following courses:
- Wendy Achilles, Adjunct Professor
- Ananth Avva, Adjunct Professor
- Jason Barnard, Adjunct Professor
- Erick Bell, Adjunct Professor
- Deborah Bennett, Adjunct Professor
- Sean Bowman, Adjunct Professor
- Steven B. Boyles, Adjunct Professor
- Ahmet Cagin, Adjunct Professor
- Rich Carson, Adjunct Professor
- Jillian Chladek, Adjunct Professor
- Howard Chou, Adjunct Professor
- Craig Enos, Adjunct Professor
- Farima Fakoor, Assistant Professor
- Joanne Ferris, Adjunct Professor
- Irene Fong, Adjunct Professor
- Michael Fortunato, Adjunct Professor
- Jed Greene, Adjunct Professor
- Christina Howell, Adjunct Professor
- Amanda Hurley, Adjunct Professor
- Honorable Christopher R. Inama, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Arthur T. Perkins Jr., Adjunct Professor
- John Kallas, Adjunct Professor
- Philip Karl, Adjunct Professor
- Jeffrey H. Karlin, Professor
- Douglas Kidder, Adjunct Professor
- Kenneth Kurtz, Adjunct Professor
- David Rocco Lamanna, Director of Administration, Adjunct Professor
- Grace Lau, Adjunct Professor
- Sarah Leary, Adjunct Professor
- Lucy Lee
- Anna Lee, Adjunct Professor
- Michael Lewis, Adjunct Professor
- Trent Livingston, Adjunct Professor
- Xuhong Luo, Adjunct Professor
- Colm Marin, Adjunct Professor
- John G. McWilliams, Professor
- Kenley Mew, Adjunct Professor
- Dennis S. Milosky, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Ted Mitchell, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Shiva Moozoun, Adjunct Professor
- Satnam Nahal, Adjunct Professor
- Philip Neyland, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Eric Poer, Adjunct Professor
- Matthew Reardon, Adjunct Professor
- Paul Regan, Adjunct Professor
- Angela Robinson, Adjunct Professor
- Kristin L. Rosi, Adjunct Professor
- Joel Segovia, Adjunct Professor
- Lily Sieux, Adjunct Professor
- Deborah Sommerville, Adjunct Professor
- Fred Sroka, Dean, School of Accounting & Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation
- Claudia Stern, Adjunct Professor
- Joseph Walsh, Adjunct Professor
- Steven Weibling, Adjunct Professor
- Elliot Weil, Adjunct Professor
- Laura Young, Adjunct Professor
- Sacha Zadmehran, Adjunct Professor
- Iana Zemniakova, Adjunct Professor
- Catalin Zmerega, Adjunct Professor
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