Master of Accountancy (MACC)
Master of Accountancy at Carroll College
Carroll College Program Highlights
The online Master of Accountancy (MACC) curriculum at Carroll College provides both the technical accounting knowledge necessary to sit for the CPA exam and the soft skills for teamwork and professional communication. Graduates of the program have the expertise to serve as trusted, strategic advisors and decision makers. In addition to the core accounting subjects (e.g., auditing, tax, financial and managerial accounting), the program focuses on accounting trends and stakeholder value creation, while introducing leading-edge curriculum including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting. Unique aspects of the curriculum include:
- Sustainability Accounting/Integrated Reporting (ESG reporting)
- Forensic Accounting and Data Analytics
- Not-for-Profit Accounting
- NASBA Ethical Leadership Certification
- Peregrine Write & Cite Training
- Designed for both full-time and part-time students, including individuals who are already professionals in their communities.
- Online program delivers an engaging, rigorous curriculum to students irrespective of geographic location.
- A virtual residency creates student connections in the program while developing critical skills necessary for remote team interactions in the 21st-century.
- Full-time students complete the program in one-year in a block format that allows students to focus on one or two courses at a time.
- Students sit for CPA exam sections during the program.
- Highly-affordable masters of accountancy program.
The Business Department at Carroll College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
The outlook for accounting professionals remains positive and the profession offers a diverse range of employment opportunities. Both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expect the trend to continue. According to the consulting firm of Robert Half, the CPA credential is both a versatile and highly respected credential, and CPA has been included among the 100 Best Jobs in America.
A master of accountancy degree is highly desirable as CPA applicants must earn a total of 150 credit hours prior to CPA certification. Note that some state boards of accountancy require applicants to earn the 150 credit hours prior to sitting for the CPA exam, while other states require CPA applicants to have earned credits at the master's level.
Carroll College’s MACC program has been an absolutely amazing experience for me. Not only has it allowed me the opportunity to fine-tune and expand my knowledge of accounting, but it has also given me the ability to sit for the CPA exam. Participating in the MACC has been my best academic decision thus far.
- Current MACC student George Nemie
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The Mission and Learning Outcomes
The Business Department’s mission is consistent with Carroll College’s dual goals of vocation and enlightenment. Inspired by the college’s liberal arts traditions, the mission of the MACC is to provide students with the strong ethical foundation and globally informed knowledge and skills necessary for today’s dynamic professional environment.
Upon successful completion of the Master of Accountancy program, students will be able to:
- Analyze technical accounting problems and formulate solutions using theories, concepts, and practice of professional accountancy.
- Apply standards of legal and/or ethical behavior in accounting decision-making.
- Participate as a team member to solve accounting challenges.
- Demonstrate research, analysis, writing, and presentation of complex accounting issues appropriate to a variety of audiences.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. The market and need for strong certified public accountants cannot be understated. In 2017, CNNMoney included CPA in the 100 Best Jobs in America. Nationwide, demand and wages for new professional accountants are projected to remain high through 2024. In U.S. jurisdictions, individuals are required to earn150 credit hours before becoming certified as a CPA, making a master’s degree in accounting more desirable. Some jurisdictions require applicants to earn150 credit hours prior to sitting for the CPA exam while some states require accounting credits to be taken at the master’s level in order to sit for the CPA exam.
The Carroll College Master of Accountancy program aims to provide students with the encouragement to meet the challenge of an increasingly dynamic and complex business environment, opening the door to a range of career opportunities that include:
- Financial Analyst
- Forensic Accountant
- Corporate Controller
- Chief Financial Officer
- Information and Technology Accountant