Master of Accountancy (MACC)

Master of Accountancy at Carroll College

The Field

Nationwide, demand and wages for professional accountants are higher than other professional averages and are projected to remain high through 2024. Changes in the educational requirements for individuals to become licensed as a CPA have made master of accounting degrees more desirable. All 55 U.S. jurisdictions require individuals to have earned 150 credit hours before becoming certified as a CPA. Some jurisdictions require the 150 credit hours to be earned 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 Program

As trusted business advisors, CPAs are expected to 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 focused on ethics, forensic accounting, and sustainability accounting/integrated reporting (the environmental, social, and financial results that create value for organizations and their stakeholders). The MACC degree also responds to Carroll College's mission and focus on social awareness by preparing accountants for leadership roles in the not-for-profit accounting environment.

Today’s business environment expects organizations to cultivate ethical cultures. Accountants, in particular, are held to high ethical standards. In addition to other coursework during the MACC program at Carroll, students earn the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Ethical Leadership Certification.   

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Why MACC at Carroll?

Carroll's Master of Accountancy (MACC) program is designed to fulfill the needs of both full-time and part-time students, including individuals who are already professionals in their communities. Our hybrid program (online combined with a virtual face-to-face residency), delivers a rigorous, flexible curriculum to students regardless of their 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. Courses are offered in a block format allowing students to focus on only one or two courses at a time.

The Possibilities

The outlook for accounting students is quite positive. Demand for accountants and accounting salaries have remained high and both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expect the trend to continue. According to the human resource consulting firm of Robert Half, the CPA designation continues “to inspire confidence in employers and remains the most frequently requested and versatile credential” in accounting and finance. In 2017, CNNMoney included CPA in the 100 Best Jobs in America.