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.
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
|Ranked in the TOP 10% of US institutions with 10 or more candidates. Eight consecutive years.|
|2011-2018||Ranked in the Top 40 of Mid-size schools with 10 or more candidates|
|2012-2018||Ranked in the top 10% of US institutions with 10 or more candidates|
|2015-2017||Ranked in the top 3% of US institutions with 10 or more candidates|