UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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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.


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:
- Financial Reporting A
- Financial Reporting B
- Financial Reporting C
- Introductory Finance
- Managerial and Cost Accounting
- Auditing and Assurance Services
- Federal Income Tax
- Professional Communication for Accountants
- Data Analytics for Accountants

>> Core course descriptions
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Students who choose a concentration 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:
- International Tax
- Corporate Tax Strategy
- Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
- Tax Research

Audit-specific courses include:
- Advanced Auditing
- Information Management and Analytics Technology for Accountants
- Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions
- Applied Audit

Financial Analysis and Reporting concentration courses include:
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions
- Corporate Tax Strategy
- Information Management and Analytics Technology for Accountants

>> Tax/Audit/Financial Analysis and Reporting course descriptions
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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, Economics, Governmental Accounting, Business Law and Commercial Transactions, Business Entities and Securities Regulation, Negotiations, and several other business-centric courses.

>> Elective course descriptions
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>> Learn more about prequisite courses (or the lack of them)
>> Figure out if our program is right for you
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