Master of Science in Accountancy 

The MAcc program is a 30-credit program of study that can be completed on a 1-year or 2-year path. The curriculum meaningfully integrates forensic accounting, information technology and ethics which are significant and challenging areas facing the accounting profession today. The program prepares students for careers in public and corporate accounting, non-profit and governmental accounting and forensic accounting.

At the completion of the program, students will have fulfilled the 150 academic credit hours required to become licensed as Certified Public Accounts (CPAs) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

Many of our graduates choose to take the CPA Exam and are well-prepared to do so. Students should visit the NASBPA website for state-specific CPA exam eligibility requirements to ensure preparedness for post-graduation plans.

Duquesne's MAcc program emphasizes accounting as a profession and ensures that graduates are thoroughly prepared to be communicators, analysts and responsible leaders. Equipped with essential accounting and financial analysis skills, MAcc program graduates also have expertise that extends beyond the scope of traditional accounting, taxation, and auditing.

Learning Goals and Methods in the MAcc Program

Knowledge Area Related Learning Goal
Technical and Analytical Skills M.S. Accountancy graduates will demonstrate the technical and analytical skills necessary to identify accounting and auditing issues, conduct the appropriate research, and develop viable solutions.
Accounting Theory and Practice M.S. Accountancy graduates will be well prepared for the technical knowledge requirements of professional certification exams, such as the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.
Leadership and Communication Skills M.S. Accountancy graduates will demonstrate the communication skills that are expected for a successful career in the accounting/auditing profession.
Ethical Responsibility M.S. Accountancy graduates will demonstrate a thorough understanding and appreciation for the ethical duties and responsibilities of the accounting profession.

Graduation Requirements for the MAcc Program

ACCT 801 Fraud Examination 3 credits
ACCT 802 Internal Auditing 3 credits
ACCT 804 SEC Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 811 Advanced Financial Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 812 Advanced Financial Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 805 Business Analytics for Decision Making 3 credits
ACCT 817 Contemporary Topics in Financial Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 806 Information Technology, Governance, Risk and Compliance 3 credits
Electives   6 credits
Total credits   30 credits