The Master of Accounting program (MAcc) prepares graduates for careers in public accounting, industry and government. The program offers students technical and conceptual knowledge, professional development, research and lifelong learning, ethical and professional standards and globalization and diversity. For details on these student learning outcomes, see the program Website at marshall.usc.edu/macc.
The program employs a rigorous case analysis approach that requires students to exercise their analytical abilities and develop both teamwork and professional communication skills.
An undergraduate accounting or business major is not necessary, nor is work experience a requirement. The program enrolls students in the summer or fall based on their academic backgrounds. For application information visit marshall.usc.edu/macc/admissions.
The Master of Accounting degree requires 48 units, including fundamentals, core requirements and electives.
The Leventhal School of Accounting Master's Program Office evaluates the academic background of each admitted student to determine the courses required to complete the program.
Students admitted for summer term start with ACCT 525 Intensive Accounting Principles and Practices — an eight-week, 40 hours-per-week course for students who have not completed undergraduate degrees or other extensive course work in accounting. This course must be completed successfully prior to beginning the core in the fall.
Students admitted for fall term generally hold a bachelor's degree in Accounting and are waived from the 15-unit ACCT 525 class reducing the number of units required to earn the degree to 33.
USC BS in Accounting students may qualify for waiver of an additional 6 units reducing the number of units required to earn the degree to 27. (USC BS in Accounting students should meet with a graduate adviser during their junior year to determine if they qualify.)
Any of the groups listed above who have taken an equivalent of GSBA 548 Corporate Finance may petition to waive out of the requirement, reducing the number of units required to complete the degree by 3 units.