Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) Degree Program
The Master of Science in Accounting program (MAcc) at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business equips students with advanced accounting skills and satisfies the Pennsylvania state 150 credit-hour requirement of CPA licensure. Our full-time, 30-credit program enables individuals with a bachelor's degree in accounting to earn their master's degree in just one year.*
When applying to the Katz MAcc program, the GMAT exam is waived for currently enrolled accounting undergraduate students at University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and the College of Business Administration (CBA), who meet a certain GPA standard. For further details regarding the GMAT waiver, visit our Apply page.
Flexibility for All Academic Backgrounds
The Katz MAcc program is open to domestic and international applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or its international equivalent from an accredited institution. "Career switchers" who have a bachelor's degree in a non-accounting discipline are welcome to apply to the MAcc program, although the completion of additional prerequisite undergraduate-level accounting courses is required.
Career-focused Professional Development
The MAcc Career Management team takes a two-pronged approach. First, we help students refine their career goals. Katz Executive-in-Residence Lou Testoni, a retired managing partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), acts as a career coach for the MAcc students. Second, we connect students to recruiters through the relationships our office has cultivated over time.
Secure a Coveted Position in Accounting
Our MAcc program develops the technical proficiency and leadership traits sought by firms in all industries. Katz graduates acquire the experience of solving complex problems in unconventional settings, which prepares them to make an immediate impact in the public, corporate, governmental, or nonprofit accounting fields.
The Pitt Urban Advantage
Proximity to the City of Pittsburgh's robust and growing downtown business sector gives our students an edge for jobs and internships. Katz graduates land positions at the "big four" accounting firms (all of which have Pittsburgh offices), regional accounting firms, and global corporations including H.J. Heinz, PNC Bank, and U.S. Steel Corp.
* Students can earn their MAcc degree in one year if all prerequisite courses have been completed prior to entering the program. If not, it will take students longer to complete their degree.
Has served on editorial boards of the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management and Research in Healthcare Financial Management. Research interests include no-budgeting accounting and how costs impact the effectiveness of criminal justice and human services agencies.
University of Pittsburgh graduates had four of the top 10 scores on the CPA Exam in Pennsylvania in 2013, the most of any college or university in the state. One of them, Zach Mueller (MAcc '13, CBA '12), is excelling in his role as an audit assistant at Deloitte.
Pitt accounting students prepared individual income tax returns for Pittsburgh's most vulnerable residents this past spring. The volunteering effort earned them a United Way of Allegheny County Fred Rogers' Good Neighbor Award.
Capital structure theory is the study of the optimal mix of debt and equity. Corporations need both to survive. New research by David J. Denis provides hard evidence for a missing link in the theory: financial flexibility.
Katz students attended a presentation called "The Role of Ethics in White Collar Crime," offered by FBI and IRS special agents who have investigated major Western Pennsylvania corporate fraud scandals.