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Program Overview

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program is intended for students preparing to enter the accounting profession as well as for those seeking to further their existing accounting careers. Designed to accommodate both undergraduate accounting majors and students with other undergraduate backgrounds, the program permits students to take a generalized course of study in accounting or a specialized course of study in income taxation.

The MAcc program typically requires 48 credit hours. However, students who are recent undergraduate accounting graduates may require as few as 30 hours while those students with little or no previous business or accounting study may require as many as 69 credit hours. Of particular importance for those aspiring to a position in public accounting is the 1999 State of Missouri law that requires 150 hours of college study for eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination.

The degree requires at least one research course, at least one accounting seminar which is related to the research course, two graduate-level accounting electives, one additional accounting course, and at least two additional graduate-level non-accounting electives.

UMSL’s Accounting department is committed to the highest standard in accounting education through a focus on continuous improvement. The 2015 Public Accounting Report ranked our Master of Accounting programs 17th in the nation in our size category. Of UMSL Accounting graduates who responded to a 2015 survey conducted by UMSL Career Services, 100% had jobs or were pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation.

Learn more about the MAcc Curriculum.

What UMSL Accounting has to offer

The College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited for both business and accounting by AACSB, the highest accreditation a business school can receive, placing the college among the top two percent of business schools worldwide. Our programs are dynamic, evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the global market.

UMSL Business faculty are recognized for research impact in their fields, but they are not only scholars. They are mentors, passionate about what they do, offering support through informal conversations, career events, seminars, workshops and more. Our internship program helps students secure diverse work experiences from Fortune 500 firms as well as local small businesses. We are invested in the success of every student.

About 150 local executives serve on UMSL Business advisory boards, assisting us with current trends, mentorships, internships, jobs, advice, and financial support. This means that our curriculum remains up to date and relevant to your eventual job search. Of graduates who responded to a 2015 survey conducted by UMSL Career Services, 100% of accounting and 92.5% of all UMSL Business undergraduate alumni had a job or were pursuing a graduate degree within 6 months of graduation.

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