The University of Vermont’s Master of Accountancy Program comprises 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.

Students May Choose to Specialize in ONE Area of Accounting. Financial Reporting And Auditing (Choose from list below), Federal Taxation: Compliance and Planning (Choose from lists below), or Sustainability Reporting and Assurance  (Take BUS 6670  Accounting & Reporting for ESG,  PLUS 2 of 3 Sustainability Electives:  6420, 6550 and 6450)

Required Courses

Professional Communications (BUS 6601): 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 (BUS 6690): Students research current financial reporting issues and regulatory requirements. Readings and cases emphasize the ethical responsibilities of professional accountants.

CPA Law (BUS 6602): Provides Master of Accountancy students with exposure to the major areas of U.S. law emphasized on the uniform CPA exam.

Accounting Electives

Accounting Information Systems (BSAD 5660): Examination of how accounting information is collected, stored and made available to decision makers with an emphasis on internal control implementation.

Auditing (BUS 5630): 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.

Fraud Examination (BUS 5635): 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 Accounting (BUS 5990): 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.

Corporation Taxation (BUS 5641): 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 (BUS 5646): Uses various research techniques to analyze federal tax principles governing individuals and business entities and emphasizes the effective communication of technical analyses.

Tax & Entrepreneurial Ventures (BUS 6641): 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.

Advanced Special Topics (BUS 6990): Advanced courses on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings.

Financial Reporting

Advanced Accounting (BUS 5615): 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 (BUS 5650): 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.

Advanced Topics in Management Accounting (BUS 5620): Emphasizes use of internal and external information in management decision making; includes cost of inventory, business activities, strategic use of information, long-range planning.

Accounting & Reporting for ESG (BUS 6670): Combines an introduction to financial and managerial accounting and reporting with the most recent standards used by entities worldwide to report on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities.

Sustainability Content: Students who are interested in a sustainability focus are encouraged to visit the Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise course offerings which include descriptions of graduate non-accounting elective courses.

Internships: MAcc credit can be obtained for approved internships and enrollment in internship coursework.

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 (BUS 3610 and 3611) in addition to the 10 courses required by the MAcc program.

Note: Most states require at least one auditing and one taxation course to sit for the CPA exam and become certified as a CPA.

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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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