Jun 06, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023

Accounting (MAcc)

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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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Accounting degree requires 45 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 30.

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 24. (USC BS in Accounting students should meet with a graduate adviser during their junior year to determine if they qualify.)

Degree Requirements

Elective Course Work (16.5 Units)

  • Select a minimum of 10.5 units of ACCT 5xx electives
  • Select a maximum of 6 units of Marshall (BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT, MOR) 500-level electives.


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