​Careers for Master of Accounting

As you train to be a trusted advisor, trust the Weston Career Center to help pave the way.

As an accounting professional, you’ll be serving as a trusted advisor to organizations ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. With a degree from WashU Olin and a values-based, data-driven mindset, you’re destined to be a valuable asset to any company.

The possibilities are infinite, which is why, at the Weston Career Center, we partner with Master of Accounting (MACC) students like you to help you zero in on the right career path, whether it’s pursuing a CPA license and working in public accounting, corporate accounting, financial services, nonprofit management or another accounting-related career.

By working with the Weston Career Center, accounting students at WashU Olin have met with great success, both during and after their time at Olin. Our career coaches can work with you to make sure your offers are the best they can be and even coach you during the negotiation process. Find out more about the Weston Career Center.

Accounting Career Highlights

Potential job titles
Accountant, tax associate, financial analyst, tax staff, assurance staff, internal auditor, consultant, research associate
$57,765 (USA) and ¥252,584 (CHN) Average FT Total Compensation; $21/hr (USA) Average Internship Compensation
Employers that hire
PwC, EY, Deloitte, Express Scripts Holding Company, The HSBC Group, Underwriters Laboratories, Belden, KPMG

Check out employment outcomes for all specialized masters—including compensation, location, employment by function and job source information—on our Employment Report (PDF)

Land the right position.

Individual coaching includes exclusive features like the Weston Career Services Model, an eye-opening, four-phase process that helps you uncover the unique differentiators that define your value in the marketplace.

The Self/Story/Strategy/Journey model guides you from your early career search stages to successfully landing internships and full-time offers in the industries you’re passionate about.

career coach talking to students
The Path to Empowerment

The Path to Empowerment

Everyone has a different path when it comes to their career. We’re here to help you find yours.


Self: Look inward

What motivates you? What careers interest you? What type of company cultures fit your personality?

Through assessments, worksheets, reflection and partnering with your career coach, you’ll come to a clear understanding of what you want, your differentiating skills and what’s important to you in your future career.

Key resources

One-on-one coaching, assessment tools and career development events


Story: Get personal

What’s your story? Why are you unique? What do you want to accomplish?

It’s time to create a personal introduction, draft your resume and tap into tools to highlight your unique narrative and skill set. You’ll meet with your career coach to hone your story so you stand out in interviews and when networking.

Key resources

Job search material best practices, templates and workshops, and personalized coaching and feedback on professional written and oral communication, such as resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, self-introduction pitch and STAR stories


Strategy: Promote yourself

What type of position do you want? What organizations interest you? How can you best position yourself?

You’ll build a career search campaign and develop a list of target companies that fit with your unique personality and skill set. Your focus is on identifying networking opportunities, attending events and connecting with your Olin community.

Key resources

One-on-one coaching, career search timelines, practice interviews, networking events, career fairs (in-person and virtual), club professional events and experiential learning opportunities


Journey: Activate your search

Where have you applied? Have you followed up after interviews? Is that offer right for you?

Your career search campaign is in full swing. You’ve developed a list of target companies and are actively pursuing positions at them. And you’re regularly tapping into your career coach, industry experts and other WCC staff for support, interview practice and help evaluating offers.

Key resources

One-on-one coaching, Olin interview and offer database

You’ll have access to all these Weston Career Center services.

Career Stamp orientation: An interactive career orientation course where you’ll learn to develop and nurture effective relationships, understand the US job market, strengthen your communication skills and create a long-term checklist for success.

One-on-one career coaching: Receive individual support from your Certified Career Management Coach, who will listen to your pain points and help you grow your career readiness.

Group coaching: C2 Teams (Career Collaboration Teams) are support groups for students to share ideas and resources. You’ll find new friends and stay motivated as you search for internships and that first job.

Premium job search tools and resources: Wherever you are in your job search, we have tools and support you need. Our premium resources help you develop an understanding of hiring timelines, conduct research on your top companies and prepare for interviews by using AI technology. Your career coach will work with you to leverage these tools to increase your efficiency and effectiveness in the job-seeking process.

Signature programming: A variety of events keep you progressing on your career journey. Take advantage of global career connection events, employer information sessions, alumni panels, lunch and learns, and accounting-specific events.

Weekly newsletter: Subscribe to receive weekly updates about job openings, career events and workshops.

US and Asian job market opportunities: We’re continually working to add more job opportunities for Olin students and alumni.

The Olin network: Your network will be 25,000 strong and made up of successful professionals in the United States, China and around the world. Engage with WashU alumni via platforms like WeChat, learn.WashU, LinkedIn and WashU CNX.

Lifelong alumni career services: Your WashU degree entitles you to personalized career support from the Weston Career Center throughout your professional career—and even a second career or retirement. Learn more about alumni career services

Quick tip from SMP career coach Nan Barnes
Nan Barnes“We invite our Olin SMP students to assess their strengths as they begin their Olin journey to harness their inner powers and identify a career path suitable for them. Your acute insights on financial data as accounting students, combined with your unique strengths, will serve you well in a wide range of career options.”

Career-Oriented Clubs: Find likeminded students and share valuable information by joining clubs relevant to your career path—Beta Alpha Psi, for example. This nationally recognized honor organization, historically run by accounting students, is open to students and professionals in the financial area. Learn more about student clubs

Accounting career search timeline

The search for your dream job starts the day you arrive at WashU Olin. To make it easier, we’ve created a Career Search Timeline (PDF) tailored specifically to MACC students. Simply follow the checklist that breaks down the process into small, manageable tasks—semester by semester—and you’ll be prepared to seize the opportunity when a potential internship or job opening presents itself.

Get to know other MACC students & alumni.

Our MACC students and graduates are talented professionals who add tremendous value to their communities and society at large. Check out some of the featured MACC alumni below and learn more about their experiences with career coaching as well as their lives at—and beyond—WashU Olin.

Ye Jin Ye (Alex) Jin, MACC 2018, Assistant Financial Analyst, Acacia Financial Advisors, LLC, won the Best Innovations Award in the 2020 UBS China Wealth Management Business Case Challenge.
Read more in the Olin Blog.

“My coach accompanied me in the internship-seeking process during the spring semester, which relieved my anxieties and substantially changed how I think about this process. I have benefited a lot from their insights and guidance.”
—Bella Hu, MACC 2021
Accounts Payable Specialist, MW Polar