The Carlson Advantage

A Carlson School Master of Accountancy can provide the learning and career development environment to prepare you for your career. In addition to helping students complete the 150 hour requirement for the CPA license, a Carlson School MAcc can prove to be an invaluable asset on your resume.

Why a Carlson Master of Accountancy?

The Carlson School Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program:

  • Delivers a unique curriculum with courses from three graduate level business programs

    • Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Business Taxation (MBT)
  • Provides flexible scheduling by admitting students in the fall, spring, or summer term and allowing completion of the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

  • Allows students to build a custom program that meets their needs (60% of the required credits are elective courses in finance, marketing, supply chain and operations management, information systems and taxation).

  • Provides the courses necessary for students with an undergraduate degree in finance to sit for the CPA Examination.

  • Offers a "tax track" for students interested in a career in tax.

  • Delivers an outstanding value with very competitive tuition and fees.

What are the benefits of a Carlson Master of Accountancy?

While each of our students and alumni decided to pursue a masters degree for individual reasons, some common themes have emerged as to the reason for and benefits of completing the Carlson MAcc.

In addition to becoming certified (CPA, CMA, CIA, etc.) I think a masters degree is an essential credential for my career.

Students recognize they will likely make a number of career changes in the future. In a job market that has become increasingly competitive, a masters degree may be a necessary requirement for many positions.

I don't feel ready to begin my career or I need to change directions.

As they enter the final year of their undergraduate program, many students simply do not feel ready to begin a career (and may not be sure why). Some who have started working may decide to significantly change their career path.

I'm ready to begin my career, but am not sure what direction to take.

Accounting majors have a range of career options to consider such as public accounting firms, private industry or public sector positions. There are also International public accounting firms, national, regional and local firms or other specific areas in public accounting with audit, tax or consulting.

I'm not done learning.

The accounting profession has become increasingly multifaceted and complex. There have been major developments occurring in accounting (International Financial Reporting Standards [IFRS]), auditing (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board [PCAOB]), legislation (Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley) and technology (XBRL). Many students feel the need to expand their learning before beginning career.


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