The Master of Accounting at St. Edward’s prepares you for success in a field that spans all segments of the economy. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, opening the door to positions in public, corporate, government and nonprofit accounting and in financial services.
You’ll study topics such as accounting for mergers and acquisitions, foreign currency translation, advanced tax, accounting ethics, internal auditing and business law — and hone leadership, analytical and research skills needed to advance your career. During the last term of enrollment, you’ll complete an Accounting Theory and Practice course.
Watch the video to see program director and experienced CPA Louise Single discuss the benefits of a St. Edward's education, from the program's excellent reputation among employers to professors with years of expertise in the field. Jacqueline Hopper MACT '14 shares how the program's relevant coursework prepared her to succeed at her job.
“Every single class that I took in this program has been applicable to what I am doing at work.”
— Jacqueline Hopper MACT ’14
Tax Associate at BDO USA, LLP
St. Edward’s ranks in
the top 40 schools around the U.S. for first-time pass rates for the CPA exam.
Master of Accounting
Convenient Class Schedules:
The Master of Accounting is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals. Each class meets one evening a week for three hours. Most students take two classes a term, allowing them to complete the degree in two years.
In the Master of Accounting program, you’ll learn to analyze accounting information, prepare financial reports for complex transactions, research issues for clients and communicate results in a professional manner. You’ll study topics such as accounting for mergers and acquisitions, foreign currency translation, advanced tax, accounting ethics, internal auditing and business law — and hone leadership, analytical and research skills needed to advance your career. During the last term of enrollment, you’ll complete an Accounting Theory and Practice course.
Some students opt to earn credit through an internship with organizations such as Brown, Graham and Company, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), Maxwell, Locke and Ritter, and Temple Inland. Graduates are prepared to contribute to a company’s strategic planning by analyzing financial data, applying tax laws and providing recommendations for investments and financial opportunities.
Career paths for graduates are broad and include becoming an auditor or tax specialist in a public accounting firm; a management accountant for a bank or an international corporation; a tax specialist for a foundation or endowment; a forensic accountant; an internal auditor; and the founder of your own accounting business.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. PREREQUISITE COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
Students without a recent undergraduate degree in Accounting will be required to complete the following prerequisites. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy also requires 24 hours of business courses other than in Accounting in order to sit for the CPA exam. See their website (tsbpa.state.tx.us) for additional information.
• Intermediate Accounting I
• Intermediate Accounting II
• Cost Accounting
• Accounting Information Systems
• Taxation – Individuals and Managers
II. CORE COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Business Law, Contracts and Equity for Accountants
• Advanced Federal Taxation
• Accounting Theory and Practice
• Advanced Accounting Problems
• Accounting Ethics
• Internal Auditing
III. ADVANCED COURSES (6 CREDIT HOURS):
Select two of the following:
• Cost Management
• Accounting Systems
• Fraud and Forensic Accounting
• Accounting Internship
• Special Topics
IV. BUSINESS ELECTIVE (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• MBA elective from current evening MBA offerings, requiring MACT director approval
Note: Students in this program may be required to complete additional undergraduate-level accounting work in order to satisfy prerequisite requirements.