Master of Accounting

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Vision

The Milgard MAcc provides current and future accounting professionals with the knowledge necessary to succeed in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. Students will gain deeper capabilities in the areas of financial statement analysis, financial accounting theory, corporate taxation, forensics and auditing, international accounting, and business law. Coursework in the MAcc emphasizes the real world skills needed to generate financial information and utilize it to influence business decisions at a high level.

Program Overview

The Milgard School of Business Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is a one year, 45-quarter credit full-time professional program. The program will consist of 10 four-credit courses, a one credit speaker series course, and a one four-credit internship, independent study or elective course. The internship option enables students the opportunity to apply their academic skill and knowledge to a specific area of accounting.

The MAcc courses cover key areas of accounting and business knowledge such as advanced topics in accounting, international accounting, planning, control and performance evaluation, financial statement analysis, financial accounting theory, taxation of businesses, and business law and ethics. These courses emphasize the skills and tools for accountants to provide information and assist decision makers. The program’s innovative features include international accounting, social reporting, and forensic accounting. The program provides the fifth-year of higher education required for the State of Washington CPA exam.

Educational Objectives

The curriculum develops well-rounded managers who can:

  • Develop and articulate the organization’s strategic direction
  • Identify sources of competitive advantage
  • Articulate and implement competitive strategies
  • Analyze data using quantitative and statistical tools or relevant technologies so that they can make informed business decisions
  • Evaluate and manage formal and informal processes that facilitate the meeting of organizational objectives
  • Understand how to motivate, develop, and manage people and teams in ways that foster organizational success
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills that support and enhance managerial effectiveness
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational systems including interdependencies and relations among and between functional departments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of market dynamics and financial theories that can influence organizational actions and outcomes
  • Assess the global, social, political, economic, ethical, and environmental consequences of management decisions
  • Use analytical tools to diagnose organizational problems and identify appropriate solutions
  • Understand how to launch and assess organizational change initiatives