2018-2019 General Catalog 
    May 26, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Master of Accounting, M.Acc.

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Master of Accounting
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building 3165

Minimum Master Hours: 30-32

The level of education required for success in the accounting profession has increased significantly. Graduate education not only facilitates entry into the profession but also enhances career progress and job mobility. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Utah Association of CPAs, and many other professional organizations strongly endorse graduate accounting education. The School of Accounting offers the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree to develop highly qualified professionals for leadership positions in the accounting profession.

What’s more valuable than an accounting degree? An accounting degree from one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. The David Eccles School of Business MAcc program and the accounting faculty are among the nation’s best. Evidence of this status is provided by the fact that Utah was among the first schools to obtain special accreditation for its accounting programs from the AACSB–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Our MAcc program provides students with in-depth accounting knowledge, a reputation for sound judgment and the relevant, transferable skills they need to succeed in today’s multidisciplinary world.

The MAcc prepares students for careers in public and corporate accounting, tax auditing and advising, non-profit, government accounting, and financial reporting. While most students complete the program in two semesters, the MAcc can be completed part-time over four semesters while working full-time. At every pace, the MAcc gives students a solid foundation in the principles of accounting, as well as breadth of knowledge in related business disciplines.

Throughout the program, the School of Business places a strong emphasis on analytical thinking, communication skills and professionalism. Our nationally-ranked faculty-including two former academic fellows at the SEC-combines pioneering research and dynamic instruction to engage students in helping to shape the future of accounting. By learning the language of business, our students graduate with a versatile skill set that translates into high quality job placement. In fact, over the past decade an average of 95% of our MAcc students have secured employment within three months of graduation.

Admission Requirements:

The applicants can either apply through the regular application or fast track application.

Minimum requirements for the regular application are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Completed six of the seven 5000-level accounting courses or equivalents ( ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  )
  • 3.00 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • 3.20 minimum accounting GPA
  • GMAT score
  • Language Proficiency Exam (International applicants) (100+ ibt, TOEFL, 600+ pbt TOEFL or 7.0+ IELTS)
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Online MAcc application
  • Interview upon request from the department

The requirements for the fast track application are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Completed six of the seven 5000-level accounting courses at the University of Utah ( ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ). Unless undergraduate accounting student at the University of Utah, All seven must be completed to receive bachelors.
  • 3.30 minimum overall undergraduate GPA or last 60 credits GPA
  • 3.50 minimum accounting GPA
  • Professional resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Online MAcc application
  • Interview upon request from the department

Additional Information. Applicants must meet academic minimum requirements to be considered for admission. The requirements listed above are minimums set by the School of Accounting, and do not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Applicants are evaluated with respect to university and departmental requirements and with respect to the pool of applicants.

Applicants to the MAcc program, whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, regardless of whether or not they reside in the United States. If an international student holds an undergraduate degree from a U.S. university, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived. Please refer to the International Admissions webpage for more information: admissions.utah.edu/apply/international/graduate/index.php.

If you are admitted to the MAcc program, you will then be asked to provide an official copy of your college transcripts, sent directly from each previous school to Graduate Admissions at the address below. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Scrip-Safe. Please send electronic transcripts to admisstranscripts@sa.utah.edu.

Admissions Office, Graduate Admissions Division
The University of Utah
201 South 1460 East
Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Documents submitted for admission become the property of the University of Utah and cannot be returned.

Failure to provide final academic credentials will cause a registration hold to be placed on your record which will keep you from further registration until all missing credentials are received.

Students pursuing a MAcc degree are required to state on the application whether they are full- or part-time students. A full time load is 15 hours (five classes) per semester, and a part-time load is from 6 to 9 hours (two to three classes) per semester.

Application Deadlines. MAcc applicants are admitted in both fall and spring semesters.

  International Priority * Normal
Fall Deadlines Sept 1st October 15th November 1st
Spring Deadlines March 1st  March 1st  April 15th

* Applicants must submit a complete application by the priority deadline to be given priority consideration for scholarships. No additional application is required to be considered for merit-based cash scholarships. For more information see below.

Financial Assistance. Merit-based cash scholarships and graduate assistantship awards are available through the School of Accounting for students in the MAcc program. Loans, grants, and other forms of financial assistance are available through the University’s Financial Aid Office.

Non-Accounting Undergraduates. If you do not have a business undergraduate degree, you must complete the business and accounting prerequisites before being eligible for admissions to the MAcc program. If you have a business undergraduate degree, you must complete the accounting prerequisites before being eligible for admissions to the MAcc. For more information please visit our website at: eccles.utah.edu/programs/master-of-accounting.

Business Prerequisites:

Accounting Prerequisites: (six of the seven must be completed to be eligible to start the MAcc. The seventh course will be taken during the program if admitted)

MAcc Intensive Program: Non-Accounting undergraduates can apply for our summer intensive program when they take 6 out of 7 prerequisite courses. For more information visit: eccles.utah.edu/programs/master-of-accounting.

Master Requirements for Master of Accounting

 MAcc students may choose between three specialization areas: financial accounting/auditing, tax, and information systems.

Pre-Program Orientation

All MAcc students complete the pre-program course, which is offered every fall term. This is a required course for students in the MAcc program. Specific dates and times vary from year to year. The course provides background, skills, and knowledge that will help students be successful in the Master of Accounting Program, as well as in their professional career and helps students form relationships that will benefit them during the program and during their career.

The course ends with student teams completing a community service project. The experiences throughout this week enable students to build learning community and establish a support network for their time in the MAcc program.

Contact the MAcc academic advisor at 801-587-9379 for information and schedules.


  • 9 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+)
  • 7.5 - 9 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+) or business electives (6000+)


  • 9 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+)
  • 9 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+) or business electives (6000+)


  • 6 Credit(s) from information systems (6000+)
  • 6 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+)
  • 4.5 - 6 Credit(s) from accounting (6002+) or business electives (6000+)

Non-accounting Electives

Financial accounting/auditing students can take up to 7.5 - 9 credits of business electives include any M.B.A. program electives for which the prerequisites have been met. Information Systems students can take 4.5 - 6 credits of business electives. Students are encouraged to take a set of courses with a focus consistent with their career objectives. Students wishing to fulfill these electives with courses outside of the David Eccles School of Business must submit an appeal to the MAcc committee for approval.

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