About the Program
Enrollment in the program is limited to 30 students per academic year. The program requires 30 graduate credit hours made up of:
- 18 credit hours of accounting, auditing and tax knowledge;
- 3 credit hours of CPA law; and
- 9 credit hours of graduate-level business electives.
The program emphasizes appropriate research strategies and techniques, effective business writing, and professional presentation skills. Students work closely with their academic advisor to design a course of study that best suits their future career objectives and prior coursework.
The majority of MAcc graduates work in Big-4, regional and local CPA firms, within the assurance or tax areas. Other graduates work in the accounting departments of regionally-based corporations.
Common practice is to complete the MAcc degree before sitting for the CPA or other professionally-qualifying examinations. Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the first two parts of the four-part examination in the summer directly after graduation. Alumni following this advice have had great success in passing at least one section prior to beginning their full-time employment.
Meet Some MAcc Alumni
Michael Prevoznik, Class of 2012: "The MAcc program helped me focus my career goals and prepare me for my future as a public accountant," said Mike Prevoznik, an Assurance Associate in the Asset Management practice at PwC in Philadelphia, PA.
Qiannan Cao, Class of 2012: "After graduation I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and joined a startup game company as its Office and Finance Administration Specialist. Through the program, I met great professors and classmates, learned practical knowledge, and had a great time. The MAcc program can be very challenging, but one will never forget the wonderful experience that it brings."
Shari McLaughlin, Class of 2011: "The MAcc program was perfect. In one year I acquired skills highly portable across so many sectors and industries. It was a close knit and supportive atmosphere. Challenging, to be sure! But that was precisely what I wanted and needed."
Ashley Miller, Class of 2010: "The MAcc program was essential in my educational and professional development," said Ashley Miller, an Accountant at Nutra Blend, LLC. "Having my MAcc has really allowed me to steer my career in any direction I want it to go, first in Boston at Ernst & Young, and now back in Vermont."
Spencer Boege: I grew up in Lincoln, MA and I now live in Winooski, VT. I graduated from UVM in 2009 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business Management. My Professional Background includes working for JP Morgan Chase. I chose the MAcc program because I love the Green Mountains and had a great experience at UVM.
Derek Marion: I am from Dorset, Vermont. I attended UVM and pursued a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration. Having attended UVM as an undergraduate student, I knew that UVM's faculty have the knowledge and expertise to adequately prepare me for the world of public accounting.
Nan Zhao: I am from Beijing, China. I have an Undergraduate Degree from Capital University of Economics and Business in Financial Accounting. I chose the UVM MAcc program because of its location in the beautiful Northeastern United States.
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