Master of Accountancy (MACC)
Master of Accountancy at Carroll College
Carroll's Master of Accountancy (MACC) program is designed for both full-time and part-time students, including individuals who are already professionals in their communities. The online program, with a virtual face-to-face residency, delivers an engaging, rigorous curriculum to students irrespective of geographic location. The virtual residency creates student connections in the MACC program while also developing critical skills necessary for remote team interactions in the 21st-century business environment. Full-time students complete the program in one-year using a block format, allowing students to focus on one or two courses at a time.
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.
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Carroll College Program Highlights
As trusted and strategic advisors, CPAs possess interpersonal and communication skills in addition to technical accounting skills. The Master of Accountancy (MACC) curriculum at Carroll College develops these skills and prepares students to sit for the CPA exam while also providing leading-edge curriculum such as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting. The program focuses on value creation for all stakeholders and innovative courses include:
- Sustainability Accounting/Integrated Reporting (ESG reporting)
- Forensic Accounting and Data Analytics
The MACC degree responds to Carroll College's mission and focus on social awareness by preparing accountants for leadership roles in the not-for-profit accounting environment. In addition, students in Carroll College's MACC program earn the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Ethical Leadership Certification during their coursework.
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