Master of Accountancy
The on-campus MAc Program integrates the disciplines within the profession and enhances key skills. Thus, degree holders have higher pass rates on the CPA exam, and receive starting salaries on average 10 to 20 percent higher than those with bachelor’s degrees alone.
According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, "the additional academic work needed to acquire the technical competence and develop the skills required by today's CPA is best obtained at the graduate level. Graduate-level programs are an excellent way to more fully develop skills such as communication, presentation, and interpersonal relations, and to integrate them with the technical knowledge being acquired."
A professional, non-thesis, degree program, The Master of Accountancy requires 30-semester hours and a comprehensive examination in the form of a Capstone Project. This work may be completed in as little as one year. The curriculum includes four core accounting courses, three accounting electives, and three business electives and offers students the flexibility to tailor their graduate education to meet specific career goals. Moreover, Auburn offers the program to on-campus and distance students and provides undergraduate accounting prerequisites for those who have business degrees, but did not major in accounting.