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The courses you’ll take in pursuit of your MAC degree will challenge you and will prepare you well for a successful career as an accounting or finance professional. You’ll gain deep technical knowledge on taxation, auditing principles, and financial reporting and analysis. You’ll also develop critical soft skills, like leadership and communications, by working in teams with your fellow classmates, participating in small-group discussions, and building case studies and other analyses.

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The curriculum of the MAC Program is structured such that students with little to no background in accounting can quickly build the knowledge required and progress with confidence through escalating levels of technical complexity. If you have completed extensive accounting coursework, or majored in accounting as an undergraduate student, our online format offers the opportunity for you to take a reduced curriculum or alternative coursework as you complete your degree. Students in either formats will find that the curriculum prepares them for success on the CPA exam, in accounting or corporate finance roles, and in the business world.

Across core courses, concentration courses, and electives, the curriculum builds on itself, integrating financial analysis, quantitative methods, and behavioral sciences at each step along the way.

Core courses

An exploration of basic accounting principles, including financial reporting, cost accounting, auditing, taxation, and data analytics, plus specific work to develop leadership and professional communication skills.

Specific core courses include:
– Accounting Systems Essentials
– Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling
– Applications of Financial Reporting
– Auditing and Assurance Services
– Data Analytics for Accountants
– Federal Income Tax
– Financial Reporting A
– Financial Reporting B
– Financial Reporting C
– Introductory Finance
– Leadership Immersion
– Managerial Accounting
– Professional Communication
– Strategic Cost Accounting

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Students who choose either the Tax, Audit or Financial Analysis and Reporting concentration will take courses that focus on detailed content related to the selected concentration. Some courses may be taken as electives outside of a student’s chosen concentration. Students who prefer to create a customized curriculum can do so, using a combination of concentration courses and electives.

Tax-specific courses include:
– Corporate Tax Strategy
– International Tax
– Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
– Tax Research

Audit-specific courses include:
– Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions
– Advanced Auditing
– Applied Audit
– Interpreting Financial Statements and Disclosures

Financial Analysis and Reporting concentration courses include:
– Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions
– Corporate Tax Strategy
– Interpreting Financial Statements and Disclosures
– Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

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A variety of supplemental courses that introduce students to specialized topics related to accounting, business, and law or provide additional opportunities to build critical soft skills in negotiation, presentation, and relationship management.

Numerous electives are available, including Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation, Economics, Governmental Accounting, Business Law and Commercial Transactions, Business Entities and Securities Regulation, Negotiations, and several other business-centric courses. In addition, you can also take various MBA elective courses during your time in the MAC program.

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