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) is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and those already working in the profession who wish to further develop their expertise. For many students, the MAc will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the CPA or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations.

Students may pursue the Master of Accountancy degree in person through our evening and full-time day programs in San Francisco or online from anywhere at their own pace. In addition, an accelerated online MAc program is anticipated to commence Fall 2016.

The full-time Master of Accountancy cohort program, available in-person in San Francisco and anticipated available online starting in Fall 2016, allows students to complete the degree in as few as twelve months. Both of our accelerated options offer extensive support for students to secure employment after graduation. Like the full-time in-person program, the online accelerated option includes career counseling, mentoring, and professional development.

The cohorts begin in late July, and complete an intense load of six courses by mid December. Students can satisfy any key foundation program requirements during the summer months preceding the beginning of the cohort. Job placement activities run concurrently with the course work. The Accounting Career Fair is held 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.


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.


Students are encouraged to participate in an internship for experience and course credit. See School of Accounting Internship FAQs for more information.


The Master of Accountancy program requires 45 units of graduate coursework beyond proficiency courses (which depends on each students' 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.



All application materials, enrollment service petition materials, or student documentation (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) should be sent to:

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate University
Office of Records and Registration
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-442-7200



If you are interested in applying for the MAc cohort program, contact the School of Accounting at 415-442-6559 or by email at Our enrollment team will be able to answer your questions about the program.

2016 - 2017 MAc Day Program application deadlines:

Early Action: February 15, 2016
Priority: May 2, 2016
Final: June 15, 2016

2016 - 2017 MAc Accelerated Online Program application deadlines:

Early Action: February 15, 2016
Priority: March 31, 2016
Final: April 28, 2016

All deadlines are non-binding. Note that all application materials must be received by Enrollment Services or the Office of International Admissions and Advising by the final deadline to be considered for the MAc Day and Accelerated Online Program.

Admission to the full time 12 month cohort program is selective and limited.

Each application is carefully reviewed by the School of Accounting Admission Committee which considers the following:
  • Academic achievement
  • A written statement of purpose that explains your interests, a sense of career direction, and how the MAc degree will benefit you
  • A letter of recommendation. Letters submitted for recommendation should:
    • Be on business or school letterhead with business or school address.
    • Be sent in a business or school envelope directly from the recommender.
    • Include the signature and contact information of the recommender.
    • An e-mail recommendation is acceptable IF it is sent on a professional business template, electronically signed, and includes the full professional address and phone number of the recommender. The recommendation must be sent from a business or school e-mail address. Please send to:
  • A detailed resume reflecting education, any work experience, interests and awards
  • A personal interview with the committee may be required


Accounting Courses: $2,805 per 3-unit course.

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


This program is offered at the following locations: