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Master of Accountancy

Given the changing environment in both the public and private sectors of the economy, many accountants will need an educational background that goes beyond what is taught in an undergraduate degree program. Accountants must be proficient in applying professional concepts and principles to a wide variety of existing and emerging situations as an effective member of a team and have the ability to adapt to new standards and methods of doing business. Competing in such an environment requires a solid technical foundation, adeptness in analyzing complex business situations, and the ability to effectively communicate recommended solutions and conclusions. Thus, the objectives of the MAcc program include the integration of financial and non-financial data in problem-solving and decision-making, the application of relevant research techniques and information technologies, the integration of varying viewpoints and techniques of conflict resolution, and the importance of adhering to a strong ethical code.

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The MAcc program is a 30 credit-hour program, which can be completed in approximately 12 months of full-time study. The program requires that the student has an undergraduate degree and meets very specific accounting and business course prerequisites. Work experience is not a requirement for admission. Careful selection of degree candidates limits the size of classes, leads to high-quality efforts in the program, and permits frequent and direct contact between students and faculty. The full-time program consists of two 12 credit-hour semesters and a six credit-hour summer session.

No thesis is required in the program, but communication skills are emphasized in all courses. Extensive use is made of information technology in accounting applications.

Program Overview

The MAcc program is available to students with undergraduate degrees in Accounting. Students without accounting undergraduate degrees can fulfill specific accounting prerequisites and be admitted to the program. The program follows the AICPA’s recommendations for a five-year accounting education and meets the requirements of most states with 150-hour requirements for C.P.A. certification.

This non-thesis program requires students to complete 30-credit hours of course, which can be completed in approximately 12 months of full-time study. The program requires that the student have an undergraduate degree and meets very specific accounting and business course prerequisites. Work experience is not a requirement for admission. Careful selection of degree candidates limits the size of classes, leads to high-quality efforts in the program, and permits frequent and direct contact between students and faculty. The full-time program consists of two 12 credit-hour semesters and a six credit-hour summer session.

Courses

MPA course topics range from mergers and acquisitions to personal financial advising, and are taught by experienced faculty and industry experts.

Fall semester courses begin in late August and spring semester courses in mid-January. Summer Session 1 classes begin in mid-May and are completed by June 30. Due to possible course rotations between semesters, students may start the program only in August or January. Students will choose between the Assurance Track and Tax Track - course sequences for each track are listed below. Please visit the WVU Graduate Catalog for a complete  list of MAcc courses and descriptions.

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A great education at an affordable cost - we offer competitive tuition waivers and scholarships for students wishing to further their education with WVU.

Graduate Assistantships

Securing a Graduate Assistantship (GA) is an outstanding way to finance your education. GAs typically receive fall and spring university tuition waivers, health insurance, and a stipend of approximately $13,500 over nine months in exchange for 20 hours per week of work over a nine to twelve-month period.

  Each year, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a limited number of GA positions, and students are encouraged to apply early to be fully considered for these competitive awards. Additionally, students have the option to apply for a variety of graduate student hourly worker positions within the College, which typically require students to work 10-20 hours weekly. Individual academic departments and administrative units hire graduate student workers on an hourly wage basis.

Apply by 11:59 pm on March 1 to be fully considered for a MAcc graduate assistantship during the next academic year. Note that these assistantships are competitive and are awarded on the basis of merit.

Requirements:

  • 20 Hours per Week
  • Students must be accepted and enrolled in the MAcc program.

Responsibilities:

Your assignment will be to serve as a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Accounting. In General, these responsibilities are to be carried out throughout the semester of appointment, including times when classes are not in session, but not including days then the University is closed.

Duties:

  • Coverage of office hours for faculty members.
  • Assistance in teaching duties as required by faculty members.
  • Research duties including assistance with literature reviews and other research duties delegated by the faculty member.
  • Coverage of the Business Resource Learning Center.
  • General administrative duties including but not limited to: coping, filing, etc.
  • Other duties to be named at a future time.

If you meet the above qualifications, please submit the following to begradprograms@mail.wvu.edu:

  • Statement of Purpose regarding why you want the GA position and how it will align with your career goals.
  • Completed GA Recommendation Rubric by a faculty member or current supervisor

Please contact Joey Vandevender at Gary.VanDevender@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-2333 if have questions about this process or need assistance.


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CPA Career

WVU's nationally accredited MAcc program's outstanding placement record will help you land your dream job.

Dual Accreditation

For more than two decades, both the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs in the WVU John Chambers of Business and Economics have separate accounting accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Note that fewer than 24 percent of all AACSB-accredited schools have an additional accreditation for their MAcc program, making WVU one of the top programs in the country.

CPA Information

MAcc Fast Facts

87%
of grads received a job offer within 6 months
18
full-time, highly regarded faculty 
75%
minimum score on Becker CPA Review

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