Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
Students in the Master of Accountancy program will be prepared for professions in public, industrial, managerial, tax and governmental accounting.
The CBU MAcc degree can be completed in an intensive 10-month program or at a slower pace allowing up to five years to complete. The MAcc degree offers students the option of selecting one of two concentrations: Forensic Accounting and Financial Management.
Entering students need to have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior university studies. Students must have successfully completed introductory courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, tax and audit from an accredited college or university. Many students are admitted to the program before these requirements are met. Any additional prerequisite requirements will be determined on an individual basis, as some students may need to develop core competencies prior to the start of the program.
Forensic Accounting Concentration: The forensic concentration is one of a select few on-campus programs in the nation. This degree plan offers courses in information technology that focus on identifying, correcting and preventing fraud. Students will learn how to perform fraud audits and how to effectively search and organize data to aid in the audit process. In addition, students will learn the legal and compliance requirements for forensic audits.
Financial Management Concentration: This degree plan offers courses in cost accounting and management incentives. Students will learn industry specific accounting techniques in addition to methods to motivate management without encouraging financial statement manipulation. In addition, students will learn how to make decisions that will give their company a strategic advantage.View Master of Accountancy course requirements
Is a Master of Accountancy major for you?
If you have interest in one or more of these areas, a Master of Accountancy major may be for you:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification
- Increasing your salary potential
- Growing your professional network
The Master of Accountancy program courses are designed to provide valuable knowledge required to pass exams such as the ones required for Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Management Accountant certification. Such certification is not only recommended but also, it is often required for advanced accounting jobs.
If you intend to sit for the CPA exam, our program allows you to design your entire course of study with an exam preparation emphasis. You have the opportunity to take a CPA Review course to prepare you for the CPA exam prior to graduation.
An advanced accounting degree has a significant impact on your earning potential. Despite the fact that average salaries of accounting graduates straight out of college vary by region, graduates with experience, graduate degrees and certification(s) make much more:
Median Accounting Salaries:
Bachelor’s Degree $63,000
Master’s Degree $83,310
The top 25% of Employees:
Bachelor’s Degree $95,000
Master’s Degree $130,150
Small companies $69,000
Large companies $183,250
With more than 1,000 accounting alums working for more than 375 different companies in 39 states (500 alums in Tennessee alone), CBU has an excellent reputation for providing outstanding practitioners in the field. Pursuing your MAcc degree at CBU will automatically grant you access to contacts and peers in distinguished companies such as:
- Dixon Hughes
- Ernst & Young
- Hilton Hotels
- Memphis Consulting Group
- Methodist Hospitals
- Morgan Keegan
- Watkins Uiberall