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The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program prepares students to enter the accounting profession and advance 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 program 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.

UMSL MAcc graduates passed the four CPA exam parts at a rate of 75.3% in 2016. This led all graduate programs in the St. Louis metropolitan area. It also far exceeds the national average pass rate, which is 48.7% of parts taken.

Visit the MAcc website to learn more.