Master of Accountancy

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

ProGRAM Highlights

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. If planning to sit for the CPA exam, our CPA review courses can be taken as a preparatory class for the exam, and count as elective courses toward the Master of Accountancy degree.

Students may pursue the Master of Accountancy degree in person through our evening and full-time day programs in San Francisco and via our CyberCampus. The evening and CyberCampus venues allow students to earn their degrees at their own pace. CyberCampus offers an option for those who can't attend classes at the San Francisco campus.

The full-time Master of Accountancy cohort program allows students to complete the degree in as few as twelve months. The cohort begins in late July and completes an intense load of six courses by early December. Students can satisfy key foundation program deficiencies 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.

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 day MAc program.

*Eligibility for internship credit is determined by 1) minimum 6 courses completed 2) minimum 3.0 GPA 3) no experience in the field (eligibility is confirmed by the academic advisors).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the master of accountancy program can expect to graduate with the following set of skills, knowledge and abilities:
  • Graduates will be able to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will 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.
  • Graduates will be prepared to be effective accounting decision makers in an increasingly international business environment.
  • Graduates will 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.
  • Graduates will have experience and skill in accomplishing objectives by collaboration.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Accountancy program requires 36 units of graduate coursework beyond the 9 units of foundation courses. Students can choose as electives up to six units from tax or business disciplines.

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


Document Submission

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

Office Location:

40 Jessie St., 2nd Floor
Customer Service Reception


Computer Proficiency Requirement

Applicants are expected to have a working familiarity with computers and the software applications appropriate for graduate study.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to that attained in Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20).

Economics Proficiency

Students are expected to possess a level of economic skill and knowledge at least equivalent to that attained in Econ 1 or Econ 2.


Applying to the MAc Cohort Program

If you are interested in applying for the MAc cohort program, contact the School of Accounting at (415) 442­-7200 or by email at info@ggu.edu. Our enrollment team will be able to answer your questions about the program, and let you know whether you will need to enroll in our 6-week accounting prerequisite program which runs from early June to late July.

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: applications@ggu.edu
  • A detailed resume reflecting education, any work experience, interests and awards
  • A personal interview with the committee may be required

TUITION

Accounting Courses:

  • $2,610 per 3-unit course

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

Locations

This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco , Online .

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). 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 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

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS*

Computer Proficiency Requirement

Applicants are expected to have a working familiarity with computers and the software applications appropriate for graduate study.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to that attained in Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20).

Economics Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of economic skill and knowledge at least equivalent to that attained in Econ 1 or Econ 2.

*Equivalent courses may be transferred from a previous institution.

General Concentration — 12 units

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.

Electives — 12 units

Six to twelve units from the following
ACCTG 306
Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting
ACCTG 311
Fraud Auditing
ACCTG 321
Strategic Cost Management and Control Systems
ACCTG 361
Taxation of Corporations and Other Entities

Zero to six units from the following
TA 318
Advanced Federal Income Taxation
TA 329
Tax Research and Decision Making

Any Accounting 300 level course not listed above
Advisor-approved courses from the Ageno School of Business or School of Tax

Forensic Accounting Concentration — 12 units

A focused graduate degree concentration designed to prepare accounting students for a career as a forensic accountant.

Forensic accountants serve in a variety of non-traditional capacities. Their roles include aiding in computer discovery, assisting government regulators, or computing damages in the course of litigation. Our Forensic Accounting concentration is a chance for students and professionals in the field to develop specialized forensic accounting expertise. Our degree concentration program allows students to be exposed to the many facets of the law in which forensic accounting is central, and upon graduation students will be qualified to testify as expert witnesses in the field of accounting.

Required Concentration Courses — 9 units

ACCTG 372
Intro to Forensic Accounting
ACCTG 311
Fraud Auditing
ACCTG 374
Damages


Electives — 3 units

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 3750O
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)

Taxation Concentration — 15 units

A focused graduate degree concentration designed to prepare accounting students for work in the field of tax accounting.

Tax accountants are required to possess an almost encyclopedic knowledge of tax law and the IRC, and how they apply to their day-to-day activities. This program prepares students for the professions of public accounting and consulting and for careers as accountants and managers in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. 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.

Required Courses — 9 units

TA 318
Advanced Federal Income Taxation
TA 329
Tax Research and Decision Making
TA 330
Property Transactions


Electives — 6 unit

TA 322
Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders I
TA 328
Federal Income Taxation of Partners and Partnerships
TA 338
Tax Timing
TA 398
Internship

ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT

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