Individuals interested in the MAcc program as a way to begin a second career in accounting often complete the program over a two-year period. Here’s a suggested path for applicants who need to complete all eight prerequisite courses. Both the MAcc Director and Coordinator are happy to meet with applicants to help design a program specific to individual needs. Graduate students are considered full-time for financial aid (loans) purposes at nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. The plan shown below assumes you want to be enrolled as a full-time student.

Most UVM courses are offered on campus and in person.

First year preparation:

Check your undergraduate syllabus and determine which of the eight pre-requisite courses you have yet to complete. It’s important to realize that the financial accounting course must be completed prior to taking intermediate accounting 1 and then intermediate accounting 2. Managerial accounting may be taken with intermediate accounting 1.

First year summer:

You must complete the financial accounting course over this summer. If time permits, complete the math and management accounting courses as well. Apply to and be accepted to the MAcc program.

First year fall:

  • Intermediate accounting 1 (There is space in BSAD 161 Intermediate Accounting in the fall semester for anyone interested in the MAcc program)
  • Management accounting (if not completed in the summer)
  • Professional communications
  • A non-accounting elective (if needed for full-time status)

Participate in career building activities included in the professional communications class and the fall Accounting and Finance Career Fair. Many two year students obtain an internship offer for the following summer as a result of these activities.

First year spring:

  • Intermediate accounting 2
  • Graduate accounting elective course (financial reporting, managerial, tax)
  • A non-accounting elective (finance is preferred if you have no prior coursework in finance)

Second year summer:

Prerequisites in math (very rarely not completed within an undergraduate program), macro and micro economics, and statistics (often completed during an undergraduate program)

Second year fall:

  • BSAD 366 Advanced topics in corporate accounting and reporting
  • Two graduate accounting elective courses (financial reporting, tax)

Participate in the fall Accounting and Finance Career Fair, network to obtain interviews for full-time employment offers for summer/fall of the following year

Second year spring:

  • BSAD 361 Accounting research, regulation and ethics
  • BSAD 362 CPA Law
  • One graduate accounting elective course (financial reporting, managerial, tax)

Second year May:

Graduate with your MAcc degree, begin to take the CPA exam, begin full-time employment between June and October (employer specific start dates)