Master of Accountancy (MACC)

Master of Accountancy at Carroll College

The Field

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.

The CPA credential requires applicants to earn 150 credit hours before becoming certified, making masters of accounting degrees highly desirable. State requirements vary with some jurisdictions requiring applicants to earn 150 credit hours prior to sitting for the CPA exam, some states requiring credits at the master’s level, and some requiring 150 credit hours prior to certification.

The Program at Carroll College

As trusted business advisors, CPAs possess interpersonal and communication skills in addition to technical accounting skills. The Masters of Accountancy (MACC) curriculum at Carroll College develops these skills and prepare 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.

Program Delivery

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.

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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.