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Master of Accountancy

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is a 30 credit-hour program, which can be completed in approximately 12 months of full-time study. The full-time program consists of two 12 credit-hour semesters and a six credit-hour summer session. Work experience is not a requirement for admission.

The program follows the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) recommendations for a five-year accounting education and meets the requirements of most states with the 150-hour requirements for C.P.A. certification. As part of the program, students are required to complete a C.P.A. review course and sit for two sections of the C.P.A. to graduate.

Industry Relevance

Today’s accountant must possess technical competency and be a business leader for clients. Technically, 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. Beyond technical expertise, today’s accountant must be a problem-solver for clients, able to examine complex business issues and not only recommend the appropriate financial and tax accounting, but also help their clients make effective business decisions.

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. The objectives of our 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.

Our MAcc program supports highly sought-after accounting career paths with three areas of emphasis of which students will select two:

  • Assurance and Forensic and Fraud Examination,
  • Data Analytics, or
  • Tax

Further, the Becker C.P.A. exam preparation course is embedded in the MAcc plan of study. As a result, MAcc graduates celebrate a placement rate approaching 100% and C.P.A. exam pass rates approximating 70%, exceeding the national pass rate by almost 20%.

The MAcc program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in Accounting; however, students without an accounting background must fulfill specific accounting prerequisites before being reviewed for admission. The prerequisites required for admission, include:

  • Principles of Accounting (six credit hours)
  • Intermediate Accounting (six credit hours)
  • Cost Accounting
  • U.S. Income Tax Accounting (six credit hours)
  • Auditing
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing (or similar)
  • Principles of Management (or similar)
  • Principles of Finance (or similar)
  • Statistics
  • Business Law (six credit hours)
  • Accounting Systems

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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

Job Placement Stats for 2020 Graduates

100%
Job Placement Rate
$50k
Average Starting Salary

2020 Graduates are employed by:

  • Arnett Carbis Toothman CPAs and Advisors
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • KPMG

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