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​Master of Accounting Curriculum

You take a minimum of 33 credits, a combination of required courses and graduate level electives, to complete the degree. Learn how to prepare to sit for the CPA examination.

Specialized Masters in Accounting Curriculum Overview

Earn your degree in three semesters. In addition to the required courses shown below, you’ll customize your program of study with electives.

Fall 1 | 16.5 credits

Intermediate Financial Accounting
Federal Income Tax
Professional Business Communication
Auditing (may be taken in Fall 1 or Spring semesters)

Business Analysis Using Financial Statements
Advanced Business Analysis Using Financial Statements
6 MACC elective credits

Spring | 13.5 credits

Financial Accounting III (Advanced Accounting)
Accounting Policy & Research

Auditing (may be taken in Fall 1 or Spring semesters)
4.5 MACC elective credits

Fall 2 | 7.5 credits

Experiential learning requirement
choose 1:
Taylor Community Consulting Project
Internship, Business, & Application
Applied Problem Solving for Orgs
Special Topics in Management

Remaining electives must be 500-level courses
(see details on PDF)
and can include extra MACC electives.


Required: 16.5 | MACC Elective: 10.5 | Other Elective: 6

*ACCT 562 credits do not count toward the 33 MACC credits. The course can be taken early in the form of ACCT 561 in the summer term or as an online foundation course for 0 credits.

Download curriculum and course descriptions (PDF)

Earning a Certified Public Accountant License (CPA)

Per U.S. Federal Regulations, Washington University’s Olin Business School (WashU Olin) provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification. WashU Olin is an AACSB-accredited business school, and a Masters of Accounting degree meets the accounting educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the CPA examination in the following states and jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

This disclosure does not guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state laws or regulations that occur after matriculation to the masters of accounting program that may impact your application. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice. Links to each jurisdiction’s Board of Accountancy is provided below.

Additionally, the American Institute of CPAs’ This Way to CPA provides details and contact information for state and territory requirements.

Learn more on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website