The University of Pittsburgh MAcc Program Will Help You Pass the CPA Exam

MAcc Program Curriculum

The Katz MS in Accounting program (MAcc) broadens students understanding of accounting to prepare them for  the CPA exam and to be more successful in their careers. Our curriculum provides a mix of accounting-centric core and elective courses, while additionally offering the full range of Katz MBA courses. A popular option among students pursuing consulting positions is the Katz Consulting Field Project, in which teams complete a management project for a real-world client. Additionally, MAcc students can choose to round out their background in the areas of management information systems, finance, and entrepreneurship.

MAcc Program Prerequisites

Before taking certain courses in the MS in Accounting (MAcc) program, students must have completed the 18 credits of prerequisite courses listed below at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or better. Credits earned for these courses do not count toward the 30 graduate credits required for the MAcc degree.

BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BUSACC 1204 Intermediate Financial Reporting I 3 credits
BUSACC 1205 Intermediate Financial Reporting II 3 credits
BUSACC 1236 Accounting Information Systems 3 credits
BUSACC 1238 Auditing 3 credits

Students who have not completed all of these prerequisite courses may still apply and be admitted to the MAcc program. Such students should talk with the director of the program or a program advisor to discuss how the prerequisite courses can be completed at the University of Pittsburgh or elsewhere as part of their overall program.

MAcc Program Required Core Courses

The 24 credits of core courses listed below must be completed satisfactorily by all students to earn their MAcc.

BACC 2251 Forensic Accounting 3 credits
BACC 2252 Corporate Tax Accounting and Planning 3 credits
BACC 2253 International Accounting Issues 3 credits
BACC 2254/BUSACC 1216 Advanced Accounting * 3 credits
BACC 2559/BUSACC 1241 Individual Tax Accounting and Planning 3 credits
BACC 2258/BUSACC 1221 Strategic Cost Management 3 credits
BSEO 2315/BUSENV 1760 Business Law 3 credits
BACC 2525/BUSACC 1210 Financial Statement Analysis 3 credits

Students who have already taken any of these courses at the undergraduate or graduate level at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a B or better will have these courses waived as core required courses in the MAcc program. Such students will then select other elective courses to complete the 30 graduate credits required in the program. In order for a course taken at another institution to be used to waive a required core course in the MAcc program, the course will be reviewed by the director of the MAcc program to determine whether it is comparable to any course in the 24 credit required core. If it is deemed comparable and the student earned a grade of B or better in the course, the related required core course will be waived, thereby freeing up credits to be taken as electives to complete the 30 graduate credits required in the MAcc program.

* When two course numbers are shown, the course is crosslisted with an undergraduate College of Business Administration (CBA) course and the second number is the CBA course number. The masters version of the course will have additional requirements. Courses with only one number are offered at the masters level only.

MAcc Program Recommended Elective Courses

(6 credits required)

MAcc program students must select at least 6 credits from the recommended elective courses listed below. Students needing additional credits to satisfy the 30 graduate credit requirement for the MAcc degree may select elective courses from this list or from general MBA course offerings in accordance with the policies established by the areas offering those courses. To ensure that each student's coursework provides a coherent set of courses consistent with the student's individual needs and career goals, students will meet with their MAcc program advisor for approval of their elective courses.

BACC 2557 Accounting Research and Writing 1.5 credits
BACC 2558 Non-profit and Governmental Accounting 3 credits
BACC 2542 Accounting and Finance Law 3 credits
BACC 2543 Tax Policy 1.5 credits
BACC 2466 Risk Management and Compliance Issues Facing International Organizations 1.5 credits
BECN 2509 Global Macroeconomics 1 1.5 credits
BECN 2510 Global Macroeconomics 2 1.5 credits
BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1.5 credits
BFIN 2410 Financial Management 2 1.5 credits
BFIN 2030 Valuation I 1.5 credits
BFIN 2130 Valuation II 1.5 credits
BIND 2024 Consulting Field Project 3 credits
BMIS 2588 Data Base Management 3 credits
BMIS 25xx Current Topics in MIS 1.5 credits
BOAH 2519 Negotiations 1.5 credits
BSEO 2401 Business Ethics and Social Performance 1.5 credits
BSEO 2531 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Initiation 3 credits

MAcc Program Flexibility (Sample Course Schedules)

The MAcc program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with different educational backgrounds. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting can complete the program in two terms. Students with little or no previous coursework in accounting can complete the program in about 20 months. Click on the links below to see sample course schedules for such students. A student's actual course schedules may vary somewhat from these sample schedules depending on the student's previous coursework in accounting.

MAcc Degree Requirements

The MAcc degree will be conferred to students who have completed all program course requirements with at least a 3.00 GPA and a minimum grade of C+ in each Accounting course counted toward the degree.

Summary of the MAcc Program

The MAcc program in accounting requires 30 credits of graduate coursework. For students entering the program with an undergraduate accounting degree, these 30 credits will consist of approximately 15 credits from the required core of 24 credits (because the others are likely to be waived), 6 credits from the recommended list of electives, and 9 credits of electives chosen from approved MBA course offerings. The precise number of core course credits waived will depend on the specific courses students have completed with a B or better in their undergraduate program.

For students entering the program with limited previous accounting coursework, the 30 credits will most often consist of the 24 credits from the required core courses and 6 credits of electives from the Recommended Electives. Students with little or no previous accounting coursework must also complete the prerequisite courses before enrolling in MS in Accounting program courses for which these courses are prerequisites.

To earn the MAcc degree, students must complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and at least a C+ in each core MAcc course.