The MAcc program prepares students to meet challenges they face in launching a career in public accounting. The structured educational experience of a graduate program broadens and deepens the student's knowledge and skills. Students may choose an Area of Emphasis (AOE) in Tax, Data Analytics, or Forensics.
Many states, including West Virginia, require 128 hours of formal education before taking the CPA examination and 150 credit hours to be fully certified. Earning a Master of Accountancy can help students achieve this requirement and begin their careers on a solid foundation.
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.
Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas: