Thinking of enhancing your professional career with a degree that leads to success on the CPA exam and a career in accounting?

The UVM MAcc may be the ideal program for you.

  • In person classes of 6 to 35 students
  • Accounting courses taught by full-time faculty
  • Exposure to leading industry experts;

MAcc Media

2016 UVM MAcc graduates ranked No. 1 in the nation on the CPA exam with a 94.4% pass rate among all first-time first-year candidates with advanced degrees. UVM MAcc Problem Solvers - featuring our 2016 students and Professor Glenn Walberg. View the MAcc eBook here.

A curriculum that includes:

U.S. and international reporting standards
Tax, audit & financial reporting tracks
Professional communications
“International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are required for most listed companies in approximately 115 countries around the globe and many countries require or permit the use of IFRS for non-public  companies. U.S. GAAP and IFRS reporters are approximately equal if measured on the basis of a global market capitalization perspective and it appears that U.S. GAAP and IFRS will co-exist. It’s likely that U.S. accountants in the course of their careers will be exposed to both U.S. GAAP and IFRS for a variety of reasons. Therefore, it is beneficial for students to have an understanding of both IFRS and U.S. GAAP.” Dr. Holger Erchinger, Partner KPMG LLP New York [This represents the view of an individual and not necessarily the view of the firm.] "Many students enter accounting graduate programs with plans to begin their careers in public accounting as auditors. Often this is because they have taken a number of financial reporting, systems and auditing courses. After they have the opportunity to learn about the numerous facets of Federal and state taxes, some shift their focus and decide to begin their careers in tax. Having an understanding of both audit and tax can often enhance a student’s ability to secure a role at their first-choice firm, and position them for greater success over the course of their career.” – Will Meconi, Partner, RSM US LLP "Effective communication, whether written or verbal, represents one of the most challenging areas an accountant will face during their professional career. Individuals must communicate highly complex topics both clearly and concisely to a variety of stakeholders. When performed effectively, both the accountant / stakeholder "trusted relationship" and efficiency within the company is maximized. If there is one skill a professional should continue to hone throughout their career above all others, it would be written and verbal communication." Sean P. Riley, Partner - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Plus data analytics and other relevant business electives


Applicants with an interest in obtaining the CPA to enhance their career opportunities in the field of finance are encouraged to explore the benefit of the MAcc.

I am very thankful that I studied Accounting at the University of Vermont and attained the CPA designation.  My UVM business education, and experience as an auditor, provided a tremendous foundation (ethics, work ethic, professionalism, team work, and financial and tax accounting understanding) that continues to guide my decision making and is a crucial contributor to my career.

Dan Lehan, CPA, Adage Capital Management LP, Partner, Chief Operating Officer, UVM School of Business ‘88

Be Part of a Profession with Strong Employment Growth Prospects

The University of Vermont (UVM) MAcc program is ideal for those individuals who:

  • Studied accounting as undergraduates;
  • Earned undergraduate degrees in areas other than accounting who now want to prepare for successful careers with public accounting firms or in corporate accounting; or
  • Who seek additional knowledge about United States generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards.

CPA Pass Rates

  US Institutions Mid-Size US Programs Rank (21-60 candidates)
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 institutions
2014 Not Ranked #20 of 265 institutions


Program information

Domestic and international students who have completed all prerequisite courses can complete the program in one academic year (two semesters, fall and spring). 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.

Scholarship Information

MAcc Director Academic Merit Scholarships of $2,000 for Vermont resident students are designed to reward exceptional academic performance during the first 15 credit hours of MAcc graduate coursework. These scholarships are awarded based upon the student’s MAcc GPA to date and professional promise. The scholarships partially offset the tuition charges during the final semester in the program.

Vermont non-resident students may be offered up to $25,000 through the MAcc Director Academic Merit Scholarships at the time they are accepted into the MAcc program or after they complete their accounting prerequisite courses. The scholarships require an undergraduate GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher. The GMAT and TOEFL scores are also considered, if applicable. The scholarships are prorated across the remaining credit hours in the program. A 3.5 graduate GPA is required to continue to receive the full scholarship award.

The Graduate College provides limited funds for students with significant financial need. Please contact the MAcc Director for more information about these scholarships.

Additional information about graduate student financial aid can be found here.

Both resident and nonresident students are encouraged to apply to the MAcc Director for consideration as a graduate student employee within the Grossman School of Business. MAcc students are assigned to one or two faculty members for up to five hours per week per faculty member. Duties include grading and research assistance. Students are compensated for the hours worked each week.

There are limited external scholarships and awards available to graduate students. Those seeking external funding are encouraged to visit the AICPA’s This Way to CPA website for information about AICPA and other scholarship opportunities.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are charged by the credit hour. Graduate students are considered full-time when enrolled in 9 credit hours. The following summary of Vermont resident and non-resident tuition and fees is based on the more detailed content found here.

The University’s Student Financial Services provides the following information on Graduate student tuition and fees for 2017-2018:

Costs Per Semester, 2017-2018 Academic Year for Traditional, Residential Graduate Programs in Languages, Education, Biology, Engineering, Food Systems and more:

View residency policy information on the UVM Registrar's website



Vermont Resident Students


Non-Vermont Resident Students
Number of credit hours per semester UVM Health Center Fee Tuition Comprehensive Fee Graduate Student Senate Fee Total Tuition Comprehensive Fee Graduate Student Senate Fee Total
3   $1,938 $30 $7 $1,975 $4,890 $30 $7 $4,927
6 $347 if UVM SHIP purchased $3,876 $460 $10 $4,346 $9,780 $460 $10 $10,250
9 Included in comprehensive fee $5,814 $987 $10 $6,811 $14,670 $987 $10 $15,667
12 Included in comprehensive fee $7,752 $987 $10 $8,749 $19,560 $987 $10 $20,557
15 Included in comprehensive fee $9,690 $987 $10 $10,687 $24,450 $987 $10 $25,447

A Note about Tuition

Students accepted into an Accelerated Master program will continue to pay the standard undergraduate tuition rate until they have completed their undergraduate degree.