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MAC Program earns STEM designation

MAC Program STEM designation.

The Master of Accounting (MAC) Program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has received STEM designation.

“The STEM designation aligns with the evolving nature of the accounting industry and the MAC curriculum, emphasizing the role of technology and data analytics,” said Professor Courtney Knoll, associate dean of the MAC Program.

“The growing interest in and appreciation of the value of a MAC degree from UNC Kenan-Flagler reflects the importance of how we develop our students’ in-depth knowledge in accounting and finance,” Knoll said.

A significant added benefit is that the STEM designation provides eligible international students with a two-year visa extension upon graduation, on top of the initial one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing them up to 36 months in the U.S. after completion of the MAC degree.

All UNC MAC students will now graduate with a STEM-designated degree. The STEM designation is applicable to any students in the Class of 2023 on OPT.