The program is limited to 45 students per academic year.

The program requires 30 graduate credit hours (ten courses) made up of:

  • 18 credit hours (6 courses) of accounting, auditing and tax knowledge;
  • 3 credit hours (1 course) of CPA law;
  • 3 credit hours (1 course) of professional communications; and
  • 6 credit hours (2 courses) of graduate-level business courses. Students with an undergraduate business degree can substitute additional accounting courses for business courses.

Full Program Information.MAcc Program

The program emphasizes auditing, financial reporting, and tax research strategies and techniques combined with 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.

Most classes are scheduled during the day, generally in 3 hour blocks of time. All accounting classes are taught by full-time faculty members, many of whom have been recognized for excellence in teaching. The program incorporates guest speakers and career building skills to enhance the connection between the classroom and future careers.

Domestic and international students who completed all prerequisite courses can complete the program in one academic year (two semesters, fall and spring). Many students begin their year of study with a summer online class. International students may choose to spread the program over four semesters to allow time for additional study and coursework. International students who need to complete the Intermediate Accounting I and II prerequisites as part of the program should plan to spend four semesters in the program.

Most domestic MAcc graduates begin their accounting careers in Big-4 and other international accounting firms, regional firms, primarily located in Vermont. Graduates enter as assurance and as tax associates. You will find our MAcc graduates at firms with multiple offices, including, CohnReznick, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, Johnson Lambert, KPMG, PwC, and smaller firms in Vermont.

Joshua Partlow

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 their first part immediately after graduation and complete all four parts by October. Alumni following this advice have had great success in passing all four parts on a timely basis.

Joshua Partlow, Partner, Johnson Lambert, speaking to MAcc Capstone Class on the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and the firm’s system of quality control.


CPA Pass Rates

  US Institutions Mid-Size US Programs Rank (21-60 candidates)
2017 Top 3% Ranked 26 of 797 institutions #6 of 281 US institutions
2016 Top 3% Ranked 23 of 858 US institutions #4 of 294 US institutions
2015 Top 5% Ranked 40 of 821 US institutions #9 of 266 US institutions