Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc)

APU's Master of Public Accountancy program produces ethical and highly skilled accounting professionals.

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The Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc) program 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 in a related field with a concentration in accounting, with plans to enter the public accounting profession.


  • CPA exam pass rates in the top 20% of California universities.
  • Students are able to earn the MAcc in as little as one year.
  • Scholarships allow students to receive a Christian accounting education at a state-school price.  
  • Specialized credentials, such as Enrolled Agent and Certified Internal Systems Analyst, are now available. 
  • Graduates are placed with every major accounting firm in the U.S., from the Big Four to national and regional firms.
  • 100% of our MAcc students have paid professional internships.
  • 100% job placement rate of our domestic MAcc students in CPA firms by graduation.

Specialized Credentials and Applied Learning

Students have the opportunity to earn specialized credentials, such as the IRS Enrolled Agent and the Certified Information Systems Auditor credentials, increasing their value to potential employers. Additionally, students have the option of joining the Accounting Honors Society and participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which gives students hands-on experience providing income tax assistance to low-income taxpayers in the surrounding communities. A comprehensive curriculum coupled with experiential learning techniques has led to CPA exam pass rates in the top 20% of California universities.

Internships and Job Placement

Accounting students are invited to participate in the annual Meet the Firms night. This event, hosted by the Accounting Honor Society, boasts outstanding successes. Typically, 60 accounting professionals representing 20 public accounting firms meet with APU students, along with students visiting from other universities. All of the Big Four (EY, PwC, KPMG, and Deloitte), several major national firms (CLA, BDO) and specialty firms (CapinCrouse, Ron Blue), and many regional and local firms (KSJG) attend Meet the Firms.

Accounting majors obtain paid internships with public accounting firms or in professional accounting. Job placement for accounting students also remains strong, with most CPA-track students placed prior to graduation.

LP and Timothy Leung Scholarships

With gratitude to the Leung Endowment, students may qualify for scholarships awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements.  

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.

View the MAcc-specific admission requirements


Core Courses
ACCT 510Accounting and Tax Research Methods3
ACCT 515Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 525Accounting Ethics3
ACCT 535Advanced Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 540Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation3
ACCT 590Integrative Accounting Review 13
ACCT 591Accounting Internship 23
Electives (choose 3 courses):9
Global Financial Accounting Standards
Advanced Business Law
Advanced Auditing
Accounting for Nonprofit Entities
Government Financial Management
Big Data and Business Analytics
Operations Management
Corporate Finance
Advanced Financial Analysis
High-Performance People Management
Managing Human Capital
Global Business Management
Managing Teams and Conflict
Total Units30

If a student has passed the CPA exam in full or in part, an elective should be chosen to replace ACCT 590.


If a student has already successfully completed an approved internship, an elective should be chosen to replace ACCT 591.


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.