MAcc in Accountancy

Admission Contact Information

303 Cornell Hall; Columbia, MO 65211

The growing scope and diversity of functions being performed by professional accountants has created a strong demand for individuals who have both a broader base of general and business education as well as more in-depth technical accounting education than can be obtained in a four-year. 

Requirements for Master's Degree Only

A student who has a degree in a different curricular area or a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from another college or university may earn a master’s degree from the School of Accountancy upon completion of the requirements for the degree. The student’s program must include a minimum of 30 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) selected from courses carrying graduate credit. In addition, the student must meet the following stipulations:

  • At least 15 of the 30 credits must be completed in 8000-9000-level courses.
  • A minimum of 24 credits of advanced study must be completed under MU faculty.
  • A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be transferred from another college or university.
  • All requirements must be completed within eight years from the time of initial enrollment.

MU’s MAcc program is designed especially to provide the additional breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required for success in contemporary accounting practice. 

Core Business Education
Business electives: 6-9 hours
Professional Accountancy Education
ACCTCY 7384Auditing Theory and Practice I3
ACCTCY 8450Accounting and Strategic Business Analysis3
Accounting Electives: 15-18 hours

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Admission Criteria to the MAcc

  • Fall deadline: March 15
  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
112 630
  • Competitive GMAT score
  • Minimum GPA: at least 3.5 for last 60 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in accountancy or equivalent
  • A prior record of outstanding academic performance
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Work experience may be considered
  • Interview may be required for admission
  • A limited number of students may be selected by considering grades and other criteria such as demonstrated commitment, experience, leadership and other exceptional circumstances.

Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission is competitive and based on space availability.

Required Application Materials

To the Office of Graduate Studies
All required Graduate Studies documents - online application, unofficial transcripts (official transcript required if accepted by the program)
Statement of objectives, no more than 500 words (upload to the online Graduate Application)
TOEFL score (if native language is not English)

To the MAcc Program
GMAT score
2 Recommendation letters, upload to the online Graduate Application

Prerequisites for the MAcc

The master of accountancy (MAcc) program encompasses the last 30 hours of MU’s 150-hour accountancy program and presumes students have completed the undergraduate portion of the program, or the equivalent. Students whose undergraduate education is not equivalent to the first 120 hours of the 150-hour program may overcome important deficiencies by taking additional courses approved by the program director.

To be considered for acceptance in the MAcc program candidates must have completed the first 120 hours of MU’s 150-hour program or received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accountancy or the equivalent (students with bachelor’s degrees in non-accounting areas may enter the MAcc program after completing an appropriate set of “prerequisite” courses).

In addition to the requirements listed above, other factors such as the student’s statement of objectives and recommendation letters also may be considered to the extent that they provide indications of a student’s ability to be successful in the MAcc program.

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The MAcc Admission Process

Generally, admission decisions for the MAcc program are made in the late spring and summer for fall admissions only, and this is on a highly competitive basis.

Online Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Students will be admitted to the Online Master of Accountancy based on a variety of key qualifications. Evaluation criteria will include not only academic success (as represented by a student’s GPA), but also other factors such as professional work experience, leadership experience, and academic aptitude (as displayed by GMAT or GRE scores). Future job potential will be evaluated through interviews by a panel of faculty, staff, and alumni representatives from the accounting profession. Additionally, student motivation and readiness will be assessed through review of their statement of objectives included in the application process.

Online MAcc Degree Admission Requirements

The following are admissions requirements for the Online MAcc:

  • Four-year accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Must meet the accounting prerequisites listed below:
    • Accounting I and II
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Cost and Managerial Accounting
    • Introduction to Taxation
  • Competitive undergraduate GPA
  • Applicants may be required to interview

Work experience may be considered in lieu of some admittance requirements. Additionally, students that are employed or otherwise financially supported by an employer (i.e. an accounting firm or corporation) may receive a waiver of some admittance requirements.

The Online Master of Accountancy will require completion of 30 credit hours, 15 of which must be at the 8000 graduate level, during a minimum of three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students may take the coursework over multiple years to assist with professional and personal commitments. The Online MAcc consists of the following course requirements:

Core Business Education
Business electives: 6-9 hours
Professional Accountancy Education
ACCTCY 7384Auditing Theory and Practice I3
ACCTCY 8450Accounting and Strategic Business Analysis3
Accounting Electives: 15-18 hours

Graduation Requirements for the MAcc

The basic 30-hour MAcc curriculum requires a minimum of 15 hours of accountancy courses and a minimum of 15 hours of courses reserved exclusively for graduate students. A maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate level course work may be transferred from another accredited master’s program.

Through careful selection of electives, the MAcc program provides great flexibility to enable customized programs of study in specialty areas of particular interest to students. A couple of the most popular areas of specialization are taxation and assurance (where a “tax or assurance track” are available. Go the following link for more information about graduate accounting certificates:

Accountancy Electives:
ACCTCY 7365Governmental Accounting and Budgeting3
ACCTCY 7940Professional Accounting Internship3-6
ACCTCY 8363Multi-Jurisdictional Tax3
ACCTCY 8373Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
ACCTCY 8404Internal Auditing3
ACCTCY 8414Audit of Internal Controls3
ACCTCY 8419International Accounting3
ACCTCY 8423Tax Research and Planning3
ACCTCY 8424Fraud Examination3
ACCTCY 8433Mergers and Acquisitions Taxation3
ACCTCY 8436Advanced Accounting3
ACCTCY 8438Forensic Accounting3
ACCTCY 8444 Advanced Audit
ACCTCY 8453Taxes and Business Strategies3
ACCTCY 8456Corporate Governance3
ACCTCY 8463Partnership Taxation3
MBA Courses
MBA courses may be used to fulfill business electives at the graduate level. Please see the Director of the 150-Hour Program during pre-registration to get a list of courses that are available for accountancy students.

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