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Master of Accounting (MAcc)

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) curriculum is designed to provide students with a program that satisfies the AICPA’s 150 credit hour education requirement while enhancing the skills and knowledge necessary for successful entry into the Public Accounting profession. In addition, Bloomsburg University’s MAcc will prepare students to pass the CPA Exam. Upon successful completion of the program, a student will be in the enviable position of having an earned Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, a minimum of 150 credit hours of education, and having completed the CPA examination.

The MAcc is a one year program of study designed to enable a student to sit for the Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) and Auditing & Attestation (AUD) portions of the CPA exam upon completion of the Fall semester’s coursework and to sit for the Business Environment & Concepts (BEC) and Regulation (REG) portions of the CPA exam upon completion of the Spring semester. While it is envisioned that most students would begin the MAcc during the Fall semester, the program is designed to allow a student the flexibility to begin during any semester. Regardless of when a student enters the program, they should be able to successfully complete all four parts of the CPA exam by the time they receive their Master’s degree.

Bloomsburg's College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

All MAcc program courses are taught by distinguished faculty from throughout the College of Business, bringing you expertise in accounting, finance, business law, technology systems, management and marketing. Our graduate faculty are dedicated teachers with doctoral degrees who have demonstrated subject area expertise through extensive experience and/or scholarship. The MAcc faculty provide an active learning experience with a variety of teaching methods, such as, case studies, applied research, problem solving, and team projects.

The Department of Accounting has had over a 90 percent job placement rate over the last 10 years. National, regional and local public accounting firms, government agencies, and private sector organizations recruit on campus each year.

The Department of Accounting has 10 faculty members. All faculty hold doctoral degrees. Collectively, they also possess several major certifications (CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CFM, CGM), and have diverse experience working in public and private accounting, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to the MAcc, the Department also offers a BSBA in Accounting, a concentration in fraud examination, and a minor in Accounting.


Courses meet one evening for 15 weeks in spring and fall semesters. Summer semester courses meet two evenings for six weeks. Full time students can expect to graduate in one year.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered to full time students (minimum of 9 credits) on a competitive basis and waive approximately 25 percent of the student's fees.

Application Process

There is a rolling admission process, so applications are accepted year round. Students can be admitted to start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

The program admits students based on an evaluation of past academic achievement, aptitude for advanced study, professional accomplishments, and motivation to succeed. Complete applications include the following items:

International applicants whose native language is not English must provide official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score within the prior year as well as current evidence of financial capability. International applications must be completed at least four months prior to the start of the semester of application. A translation of transcripts is required with international GPA being translated to a 4.0 scale.

Required Courses

The curriculum consists of 30 graduate credit hours delivered in nine required and one elective course. Students without sufficient preparation also complete prerequisite foundation courses.

Required Course Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACCT.501 Financial Accounting (3 cr)

ACCT.502 Advanced Financial Accounting (3 cr)

ACCT.522 Advanced Auditing Theory (3 cr)

ACCT.599 Research in Accounting (3 cr)

Spring Semester

ACCT.510 Advanced Accounting Info Systems (3 cr)

ACCT.523 Advanced Tax Accounting (3 cr)

FINANCE.535 Financial Management (3 cr)

LAW.599 Special Topics in Law (3 cr)

Summer Semesters

ACCT.552 Controllership (3 cr)

_____ Graduate Business Elective (3 cr)

Minimum Prerequisite Course Work

Bachelor’s degree

Prerequisite general business and related topics including:

Principles of Economics, 6 credits

(Macro and Micro courses)

Statistics course

Introductory computer course

Prerequisite accounting courses

Financial accounting

Managerial accounting

Intermediate accounting, 6-9 credits

Experience - not required but accounting internship preferred

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting will likely have taken course work covering all the prerequisite areas. Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees will usually be lacking at least some of these courses and therefore must take foundation courses to make up for this deficit. Foundation courses are not included in the 30 hours of credit required for the MAcc degree.

MAcc students must earn a cumulative Q.P.A. of 3.0 to graduate from the MAcc program. MAcc students may apply no more than one course with a grade of less than B- toward graduation. A grade of C- or lower must be retaken.