Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc)
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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.
University graduate admission and program acceptance requirements must be met before an application is complete (see the Admission to the University section of this catalog). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students have a separate application procedure. Contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or online.
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.
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.
|ACCT 505||Accounting Internship 1||3|
|ACCT 510||Accounting and Tax Research Methods||3|
|ACCT 515||Accounting Information Systems||3|
|ACCT 520||Global Financial Accounting Standards||3|
|ACCT 525||Accounting Ethics||3|
|ACCT 530||Advanced Business Law||3|
|ACCT 535||Advanced Managerial Accounting||3|
|ACCT 540||Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation||3|
|ACCT 545||Advanced Auditing||3|
|ACCT 590||Integrative Accounting Review 2||3|
|Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities|
|Advanced Financial Analysis|
If a student has already successfully completed an approved internship, an elective should be chosen to replace ACCT 505.
If a student has passed the CPA exam in full or in part, an elective should be chosen to replace ACCT 590.