Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc)

APU’s Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc) program equips ethical leaders in the financial sector in just one year.

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The Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc) is a 30-unit degree program that prepares students for careers as certified public accountants (CPAs). The program’s curriculum combines coursework and an internship with a public accounting firm to prepare students to pass the CPA exam and meet the 150-semester-credit-hour rule required for certification by 49 of 50 states. The program focuses on developing students’ character and competence consistent with the LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting’s vision. Ideal candidates will have recently completed an undergraduate degree in accounting or a related field with a concentration in accounting, with plans to enter the public accounting profession.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year-round, but to ensure full consideration for scholarships and internships, completed applications should be received at least six weeks prior to the start of the term.


Program curriculum requires 30 units of specific core courses. If a student has already successfully completed an approved internship, ACCT 505 should be replaced with an elective. If a student has passed the CPA exam in full or in part, ACCT 590 should be replaced with an elective.

Core Courses
ACCT 505Accounting Internship 13
ACCT 510Accounting and Tax Research Methods3
ACCT 515Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 520Global Financial Accounting Standards3
ACCT 525Accounting Ethics3
ACCT 530Advanced Business Law3
ACCT 535Advanced Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 540Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation3
ACCT 545Advanced Auditing3
ACCT 590Integrative Accounting Review 23
Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities
Corporate Finance
Operations Management
Managerial Economics
Advanced Financial Analysis
Strategic Management
Total Units30


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Additional Admission Information

Admission to the program is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, GMAT score, personal statement, and references. Each applicant must also interview with the chair of the accounting programs. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent or dean’s permission is required for admission. While the entirety of an applicant’s package is considered, accepted applicants generally fit into one of the following two categories:

  • Regular Program Acceptance — Students admitted to the program in this group hold undergraduate degrees in accounting or the equivalent or dean’s approval, GPAs of 3.3 or higher, and GMAT scores of 550 or higher. Most students are admitted under this category.
  • Conditional Program Acceptance — Students admitted to the program conditionally typically have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0-3.29 or GMAT scores of 500-549. Only a limited number of applicants in this group are accepted into the program. Students in this group should take special care in writing their personal statements. If admitted, conditional students must maintain a B or better overall GPA in the first 12 units of coursework, with no course grade below a B-, in order to continue in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate mastery of key accounting content areas, such as, financial reporting, business and economic concepts, auditing and regulation.
  2. Identify and solve accounting or business problems using analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Compose responses to accounting or business decisions that demonstrate a Christian worldview.
  4. Express themselves clearly and effectively through professional written and oral communications.