Master of Accounting

Prepare for your CPA exam and beyond with our master in accounting degree.

Pursue the career you want with a master of accounting from Washington University’s Olin Business School. Whatever your interest—public accounting, corporate accounting, consulting or financial services, Olin will help you prepare to enter this dynamic and growing field. This program can be completed in two or three semesters.

STEM-designated • Our master of accounting program holds a STEM designation for its focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout the curriculum, providing you with a current and innovative approach to data. Learn more about STEM

Customize your courses • While we make sure our accounting students have a strong foundation, 16.5 of the required 33 credit hours are electives. Take advantage of the flexibility of our curriculum to meet CPA exam eligibility requirements for the state where you want to work.

Real-world learning • Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Taylor Community Consulting Program, you’ll round out your master of accounting academic experience with experiential learning opportunities.

Career resources • From day one, you’ll have access to career advising and support from the Weston Career Center to help you be career-ready after graduation. And the WashU chapter of Beta Alpha Psi brings financial information industry speakers to campus, expanding your professional network.

Master of Accounting at a Glance

Thrive in one of the best accounting masters programs.

What you’ll study

The MACC program will provide a strong foundation and prepare you for the CPA exam through courses like Business Analysis Using Financial Statements, Accounting Policy and Research, Tax and Business Strategy and Fraud Prevention. For a detailed look at the curriculum, download the MACC Curriculum and Course Descriptions (PDF).

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Potential career paths

Graduates from the MACC program are well prepared for roles in:

  • Public accounting
  • Corporate accounting
  • Consulting
  • Financial services
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