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The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at AUM offers a rigorous graduate school experience for students who want successful accounting careers in private practice, government, business, and nonprofit organizations. The degree is designed to develop the dynamic skill sets required for an accounting professional in strategic leadership positions. It also serves as preparation to sit for the Uniform CPA examination.

The MAcc program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – International, and offered through the College of Business’s School of Accountancy.

The program curriculum includes 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of electives. This allows you to dive more deeply in specific areas of interest such as auditing, tax, forensic accounting and others. While some courses are offered online (or in a hybrid format), most of them are offered at night—which is convenient for working professionals who want to complete this degree on a part-time basis.

MAcc admission requirements include an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited college or university. However, if you do not have a degree in accounting, you can still qualify for admission into MAcc by completing all prerequisite accounting courses. See the graduate catalog for more detail.

Students in the Master of Accountancy program, in consultation with the MAcc advisor, can plan their course of studies to participate in the CPA review course that allows them to sit for the exam while in the MAcc program. A number of students have been successful in passing the CPA exam by the time they have completed the Master of Accountancy at AUM.

  • What are the required prerequisite Accounting courses? Introduction to Financial Accounting, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, Intermediate Accounting III, Accounting Information Systems, Managerial Cost Accounting, Income Tax Accounting, and Auditing I (all completed with a minimum grade of C).
  • Can I complete the MAcc program as a part-time student? Yes. MAcc students may be fulltime or parttime students. There is a five year limitation for completion of the Master of Accountancy degree once classes have been taken.
  • Are accounting scholarships available? Yes. MAcc students are eligible for accounting scholarships available through the School of Accountancy.
  • How do I apply? Applications should be made online. For more information, contact MAcc advisor Rhonda Seay at (334) 244-3115.
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Tuition at AUM is one of the most affordable in the state. The department awards scholarships to new and continuing students who meet certain requirements. Some research assistantships are also available.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited college or university, you can still qualify for admission into MAcc by completing all prerequisite accounting courses.

In consultation with the MAcc advisor, you can plan your course of study to participate in the CPA review course that allows you to sit for the exam while in the program. So it is possible to pass the CPA exam by the time you have completed the MAcc.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this master’s degree, you have many career possibilities. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (or another source, if noted). 

Career/Job TitleEntry-Level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020 - 2030Annual Median Salary
Accountants and AuditorsBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$77,250
Financial ManagerBachelor’s degree17% (Much faster than average)$131,710
Chief ExecutiveMaster’s degreeNot available$179,520

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.

Master of Accountancy

Required Courses

Contact the School of Accountancy for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
Required Core Courses (12 credit hours total)
ACCT 6230Advanced Managerial Cost AccountingAdvanced theories and methods of cost accumulation, allocation and control with emphasis on internal decision making and critical firm analysis.
ACCT 6450Auditing IIExamines selected external auditing topics in-depth, and other professional services performed by CPAs, including relevant professional standards.
ACCT 6750Financial Accounting TheoryA study of the current issues of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) with emphasis on current corporate reporting practices domestically and internationally.
ACCT 6800Financial Analysis Integrated Business ConceptsA capstone course for graduate students utilizing the applied research process in the performance of a comprehensive business analysis including the unique accounting and auditing issues of specific industry assignments.
Electives (choose 6 courses - 18 credit hours total)
ACCT 5130Advanced Financial AccountingAdvanced accounting theories and methods, consolidation of financial statements and other special problems.
ACCT 5320Taxation of Business EntitiesSpecialized tax determination problems of partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. Additional emphasis on tax research and compliance.
ACCT 5510Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting and Financial ReportingA study of accounting and financial reporting principles and practices for govermental entities.
ACCT 6210Advanced Accounting Information SystemsA studyy of accounting applications, cyber security, and privacy concerns when evaluating accounting systems, process and internal procedures.
ACCT 6330Research in Federal TaxationA study of tax research procedures, documentation of research and presentation of research findings through in-depth examination of selected current topics in individual, partnership, corporate and estate and gift taxation.
ACCT 6460Advanced Topics in Fraud and Forensic AccountingAdvanced topics/special topics on fraud and forensic accounting.
ACCT 6470Seminar in AuditingCase studies covering fraud and other illegal acts, auditor legal liability, auditor independence, professional ethics and other current issues in auditing.
ACCT 6520Government Auditing and Internal ControlA study of governmental internal controls (Green Books), government auditing standatds (GAGAS) and the Single Audit Act.
ACCT 6530Government Budgeting & Performance ReportingA study of governmental budgeting performance reporting, and public accountability practices.
ACCT 6540Advanced Topics in Government Accounting, Auditing and BudgetingIn-depth coverage and discussion of currently relevant governmental accounting, auditing, and budgeting topics. Students will further develop their analytical, decision-making, and written communication skills by learning about specific governmental financial management topics in detail and then studying for the Certified Government Financial Manager certification exam utilizing the Association of Government Accountants study guides.
ACCT 6610Accounting & Auditing for NFP OrganizationsNonprofit accounting, financial reporting, related ethical issues and the Single Audit Act.
ACCT 6810CPA Review CourseThis course is for MAcc students seeking CPA. This course requires co-enrollment in an independent professional certification review course designated by the AUM School of Accountancy.
ACCT 6924Internship in AccountingProvides students with the opportunity to gain valuable insight through practical finance experience so they may better correlate their academic experience with a professional, real-world environment. Business or major elective credit.
ACCT 6970Special TopicVariable content within the classroom setting.
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At AUM’s College of Business, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include the School of Accountancy, Department of Business Administration, and the Department of Information Systems.

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Master of Accountancy


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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