Master of Accountancy
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. And starting in Fall 2015, students will have the option to enroll in the accelerated online MAc program.
The full-time Master of Accountancy cohort program, available in-person in San Francisco and online starting in Fall 2015, 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.
Internship opportunities may be available for eligible* students for up to six units of elective credit during the spring and summer trimesters. Remaining course work can be completed with three courses in May and June. Prospective students are strongly urged to contact the School of Accounting for an advising appointment at the earliest opportunity if they wish to participate in the full-time in-person MAc program.
*Eligibility for internship credit is determined by 1) minimum 5 core courses completed 2) minimum 3.0 GPA 3) no prior experience in the specific job offered (eligibility is confirmed by the academic advisors).
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.
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.
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APPLYING TO THE MAc COHORT PROGRAM
If you are interested in applying for the MAc cohort program, contact the School of Accounting at 415-442-6559 or by email at email@example.com. Our enrollment team will be able to answer your questions about the program.
2015 - 2016 MAc Day Program application deadlines:
Early Action: February 15, 2015
Priority: May 1, 2015
Final: June 15, 2015
2015 - 2016 MAc Accelerated Online Program application deadlines:
Early Action: February 15, 2015
Priority: March 31, 2015
Final: April 28, 2015
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A detailed resume reflecting education, any work experience, interests and awards
- A personal interview with the committee may be required
Accounting Courses: $2,700 per 3-unit course
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
STUDENT SUCCESS RATES
DAY STUDENTS (FULL-TIME COHORT)
The Masters of Accountancy cohort is a full time 12-month accelerated program. Beginning August of each year, the program is designed for students to complete 18 units in the first 5 months followed by an additional 18 units in the next 7 months or 2 terms (spring and summer trimesters). Beginning in Fall 2015, the accelerated MAc program will be offered online as well. The program is also designed to support and encourage earlier entry into the profession with a goal of part-time or full-time job placement for the students as early as January. Many of the students entering this program are either career changers changing careers or recent graduates from undergraduate institutions.
Success rates of fall and summer starts since summer 2009:
- 89% average retention rate after 4 terms
- 60% average graduation rate after 4 terms
Factors contributing to the observed high rate of retention are attributable to the following:
- accelerated nature of the program
- high job placement rate
- small class size
- close student-teacher relationships
- personalized academic and career advising
- active engagement of tax and accounting professionals as instructors and guest speakers
The accelerated program design allows students to complete 6 courses before the start of the spring term, ensuring eligibility for internship credit. Most students complete their MAc degree within four terms, although some may benefit from taking fewer courses when employed, extending graduation beyond 4 terms. Once a student is employed, various business obligations may also impact timing of degree completion. International students may postpone their graduation date for another year to extend OPT or CPT.
EVENING STUDENTS (PART-TIME)
Master of Accountancy students take evening and online classes, and primarily matriculate on a part-time basis. A majority of these students are working professionals -- both those already in the tax or accounting industry and those seeking career changes. These part-time students typically register for 1 to 2 courses per term, graduating in 2 to 5 years (or up to 15 academic terms). Additionally, international students (required to enroll in 3 courses a term) can complete their degree in as little as 4 terms.
Success rates since the 2009 academic year:
- 82% average retention rate after 1 year
- 70% average retention rate after 2 years
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:
- Ananth Avva, Adjunct Professor
- Kevin Birtchnell, Assistant Professor
- Sean Bowman, Adjunct Professor
- Steven B. Boyles, Adjunct Professor
- Ahmet Cagin, Adjunct Professor
- Ronald Codd, Adjunct Professor
- John Denning, Adjunct Professor
- Robert A. Elya, Visiting Professor
- Farima Fakoor, Assistant Professor
- Irene Fong, Adjunct Professor
- Jed Greene, Adjunct Professor
- John G. Herndon, Adjunct Professor
- Honorable Christopher R. Inama, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Arthur T. Perkins Jr., Adjunct Professor
- Jeffrey H. Karlin, Associate Professor
- Kenneth Kurtz, Adjunct Professor
- Anna Lee, Adjunct Professor
- Trent Livingston, Adjunct Professor
- Xuhong Luo, Adjunct Professor
- John G. McWilliams, Professor
- Dennis S. Milosky, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Gary Mingle, Adjunct Professor
- Ted Mitchell, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Philip Neyland, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Eric Poer, Adjunct Professor
- Matthew Reardon, Adjunct Professor
- Paul Regan, Adjunct Professor
- Angela Robinson
- Kristin L. Rosi, Adjunct Professor
- Lily Sieux, Adjunct Professor
- Lisa D. Slater, Associate Professor, Chair,School of Accounting
- Fred Sroka, Dean, School of Accounting & Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation
- Elliot Weil, Adjunct Professor
- Sacha Zadmehran, Adjunct Professor
- Iana Zemniakova, Adjunct Professor
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