An accounting professional in today's environment must possess a high level of technical competence, a sense of commitment to service, communication skills, analytical skills, and the ability to work well with people. To obtain the required body of knowledge and to develop the skills and abilities needed to be successful accounting professionals, serious consideration must be given to study beyond a four-year baccalaureate program. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program provides an additional year of training for the professional accountant. In addition, the MAcc satisfies the requirements of the Utah Certified Public Accountant Licensing Act for those wishing to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination. It gives the students an opportunity to increase the depth of their understanding in key areas and allows a broadening of perspective by providing course work in a variety of areas that cannot be considered in an undergraduate program due to time constraints.
» Grade Requirements: A MAcc student must complete all MAcc program courses, including electives, with a grade of "C" or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
» Credit Hour Requirements: The program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond a bachelor's degree in accounting.The MAcc Program Director must approve each MAcc student's plan of study which will show all courses that the student plans to take. A plan of study must be filed when a student is accepted into the program, when the student wishes to make changes, and each year the student remains in the program.
The primary criteria in determining eligibility for admission to the Goddard School MAcc Program are previous academic achievement and performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and other factors such as work experience and career progression.
Applicants must submit a completed application form and current resume, as well as transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least two of these letters should come from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's academic abilities. All letters should address the applicant's potential for successful graduate study. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.
All international students and any applicant educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) has been earned.
Application for admission to the Master of Accounting Program should normally be made by July 1, October 1, and February 1 of the year during which admission is sought. Application for admission must include GMAT scores, official undergraduate transcripts, resume, and three letters of recommendation.
It is expected that the Master of Accounting Program will entail approximately two semesters of full-time study for a student with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Students with other business-related degrees can expect to spend about two years in the program. Those with non-business related undergraduate degrees should plan to spend at least three years in the program.
Contact the School of Accountancy for a separate and detailed bulletin on the Master of Accounting Program.
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