The University of Vermont’s Master of Accountancy Program is comprised of 10 courses, equaling 30 Graduate Credit Hours 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.

Required Courses

Professional Communications (BSAD 310): Addresses different components of professional communications key to accounting career success. Clear business writing, strong interpersonal skills, effective presentation and group meeting communications are emphasized and illustrated in a variety of assignments.

Accounting Research, Regulation & Ethics (MAcc Capstone) (BSAD 361): Students research current financial reporting issues and regulatory requirements. Readings and cases emphasize the ethical responsibilities of professional accountants.

CPA Law (BSAD 362): Provides Master of Accountancy students with exposure to the major areas of U.S. law emphasized on the uniform CPA exam.

Accounting related course offerings:

Auditing – most states require at least one auditing course to sit for the CPA exam and become certified as a CPA

Accounting Information Systems (BSAD 265): Examination of how accounting information is collected, stored and made available to decision makers with an emphasis on internal control implementation.

Auditing (BSAD 267): Examination of auditing theory and practice. Topics include standards, ethics and legal obligations of the profession, audit planning, internal control, audit evidence, and auditor communications.

Advanced Auditing (BSAD 395): Builds upon the Auditing class and focuses on case studies based upon developing professional judgment, forming expectations, and case studies.

Forensic Accounting & Auditing (BSAD 369): The course covers all of the major methods employees use to commit occupational fraud. Students learn how and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved.

Data Analytics for Accountants (BSAD 395): The course covers managerial statistical tools in descriptive analytics and predictive analytics, including regression, forecasting, risk analysis, simulation, and data mining. Students will learn how to create data-driven visualizations and presentations.

Tax Related Courses – most states require at least one class in taxation to sit for the CPA exam and become certified as CPAs.

Corporate Taxation (BSAD 264): A survey of the tax consequences for C corporations and their shareholders of womb-to-tomb transactions, which includes formations, acquisitions, divisions, consolidations, and international operations, as well as the reporting of book/tax differences.

Tax Research (BSAD 367): Uses various research techniques to analyze federal tax principles governing individuals and business entities and emphasizes the effective communication of technical analyses.

Pass-Through Entities / Tax & Entrepreneurial Ventures (BSAD 368): A study of the tax consequences of using partnerships, S corporations, and limited liability companies for business operations, with an examination of the tax aspects of choice-of-entity, operational, and divestment decisions for small and family-owned businesses.

Personal Taxation (BSAD 169/365) (pre-approval required for graduate credit): This course highlights federal income tax concepts and rules applicable to individuals. In particular, the course discussions and materials examine how the federal tax system accounts for items of income and expense in computing taxable income. This examination considers transactions arising in personal as well as business contexts. Tax accounting often relies on many detailed and changing rules.

Special Topics (BSAD 295 or 395): Advanced courses on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings.

Financial Reporting

Advanced Accounting (BSAD 266): Focuses on accounting for business combinations and developing consolidated financial statements. Includes accounting for foreign currency transactions, foreign subsidiaries, segment, interim, and SEC reporting.

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (BSAD 269): This course introduces accounting principles and auditing standards applicable to governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. Course projects utilize local government and not-for-profit financial reports and expose students to practical application of governmental accounting requirements.

Management Accounting (BSAD 268/365): Emphasizes use of internal and external information in management decision making; includes cost of inventory, business activities, strategic use of information, long-range planning. Focus on case analysis and discussion.

Sustainability and Sustainability Reporting Content: Students interested in sustainability reporting and business sustainability are encouraged to visit the Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise course offerings. Accounting and Reporting for Sustainable Enterprise Activities (BSAD 363) qualifies as a reporting class; Integrating Sustainability in New Business Models (BSAD 338), and Entrepreneurial Family Business (BSAD 335) count as the non-accounting elective courses.

The Accounting and Finance Career Fair in September will help you start the full-time job recruitment process.

Applicants with an undergraduate business degree in a field other than accounting must complete the two corporate financial reporting courses (BSAD 161 and 162) in addition to the 10 courses required by the MAcc program.

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Application Deadline: 
None, rolling admission
International students deadlines:
Fall - July 1, Spring - Nov. 21
Program start date:
May start any semester
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30 credits, 10 courses
Program duration range:
Students with all required courses complete the program in 9 months, those that need to take prerequisites generally take 2 years
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