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Why a MAC degree?

A Master of Accounting (MAC) degree puts you in a better position to succeed, not only in year one but throughout your career. As you become an expert in understanding a company’s complete financial picture, you’ll also pick up essential leadership skills that will make you extremely valuable within accounting firms and major corporations.

Why the MAC

Here are four reasons to pursue your MAC:

1. A better starting salary or a salary boost.

MAC graduates make more money than their counterparts who only receive a bachelor’s degree. They are also in much higher demand; while hiring of BA graduates is declining, hiring of MAC grads on the rise. For those already managing a strong career, the MAC offers new credentials that will raise your stock value, improving your chances for a promotion or pay increase.

2. Connections that matter.
The friends you make in graduate school are more than friends; they are your future peers in the accounting profession. The recruiters you meet and the professors under which you study also add to a network that you can lean on for years to come. 

Dominique StephensonA Student Perspective: What the MAC gave me

With an MBA under her belt, and a banking career underway, Dominique wanted to go deeper. She found a new passion in accounting and added significant credential to an already impressive resume.

>> Watch Dominique's story

3. More demand, now and later.
Accounting firms big and small, as well as many major corporations, actively recruit MAC graduates. As you move through your career in pursuit of more senior positions, your MAC degree will continue to give you an edge over your competition.

4. Ready for the CPA exam.
Earning a MAC degree gives you the course hours required to sit for the CPA exam. More importantly, the work you’ll do in pursuit of the degree will give you the rigor, knowledge, and confidence you’ll need to be successful come exam time.

>> Why you should get your MAC degree from UNC Kenan-Flagler
>> Video: A successful UNC alum explains the difference between an MBA and a MAC
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