Business Administration to Accountancy

Be CPA-ready

  • Fulfill state 150-credit hour educational requirement for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam.
  • The CPA exam focuses on higher-order cognitive skills, increasing the value of graduate courses in accounting.

Two paths to obtain your Masters in Accountancy:

Traditional BSBA-to-MACC

  • Gain your MAcc in 5 years - 4 years as an undergraduate student and one year as graduate student
  • Increase your marketability and impact in the workplace
  • Save money on tuition by taking graduate credits as an undergraduate
  • Success on professional exams (CPA, CIA, CFE)
  • Expand your professional network

Here's how it works

  • As a senior business student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 overall GPA in accounting class, you may take up to 3 credits of graduate level courses as part of your undergraduate core electives. The credits will count toward your MAcc degree.
  • You will apply to the MAcc program in the fall or spring of your senior year.
  • Graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student are included in the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Students who take advantage of this pathway, must have at least 123 unique credits as part of your bachelor's degree.

Accelerated BSBA-to-MAcc

  • Gain your MAcc in 4.5 years - 3.5 years as an undergraduate student and one year as graduate student
  • Get professional experience with a co-op semester

The same benefits as the traditional path with the addition of a co-op

As a second-semester senior, you will have the opportunity to work full-time at a top public accounting firm or corporation. You will develop insights and skills and grow your professional network. Co-op students often receive priority consideration for permanent positions at partner firms.

Participating Co-op partners include:

  • BNY Mellon
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • FedEx
  • Grant Thornton
  • Grossman Yanak and Ford
  • Hill, Barth and King
  • KPMG
  • PNC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Schneider Downs

During the co-op semester, students do not take classes and do not pay tuition but retain full-time status.

Program Eligibility

  • Eligibility is limited to current freshman or sophomore students in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.
  • You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 in accounting courses to remain as a consideration for the program and to be co-op eligible.

Once the Winter co-op is complete, most accelerated students graduate with their class in May. Many students begin studying for the CPA exam, work at a summer internship, and enter the MAcc program in the Fall.

Both options above assume your undergraduate degree was in Accounting. If it was not in accounting and you wish to purse a Masters in Accountancy, please consult with the graduate office to better understand the pre-requisites before applying.

A two-year evening pathway is also available for students who wish to work full-time while pursuing the MAcc program. You may be able to take advantage of employer-based tuition benefit programs. If you are interested in this option, please consult with the graduate office.

Program Information

Earn a BSBA in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy. Our program requires the equivalent of just 4 ½ years of coursework for both degrees.

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From Our Alumni

David Grimm

"The MAcc faculty was amazing, and all of them have real-world experience that helped prepare me for my future job and the CPA exam."

David Grimm BSBA '21, MSAC '23