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Master of Accountancy

The Master of Accountancy (MACC) program at the Darla Moore School of Business is designed for talented, hard-working individuals who want to develop the full range of skills that a successful career in accounting requires.

The Moore School MACC Advantage

Taking you far beyond what is covered in a traditional undergraduate classroom, the MACC program will hone your ability to analyze information, identify problems, provide value-added solutions, interact with various types of people and communicate ideas in a compelling manner. These technical, critical thinking and soft skills provide the kind of solid professional foundation that doesn't just prepare you for your first job, but for the career that is ahead of you.

With small class sizes, an impressive record of job placement for graduates and solid preparation for the CPA exam, the USC MACC program delivers a distinct advantage for a rewarding career.

Beginning With the End in Mind

Passing the CPA exam and obtaining your first job are important steps in your career, but we view these as short-term objectives. Our primary focus is what happens next: your career. Continuously changing business trends and economic climates challenge accountants to use a wide variety of skill sets to serve their clients. Our MACC program is constantly reaching out to professionals to determine which skills you will need to succeed in today's — and tomorrow's — accounting profession.

This is why our core MACC curriculum focuses on ensuring you will possess a strong technical knowledge of accounting principles and demonstrate critical thinking skills to:

  • Identify client problems, issues and opportunities and develop sound solutions and recommendations.
  • Analyze data, identify and react to trends, and develop sound solutions and recommendations.
  • Exhibit the communication skills necessary to interact well with clients, coworkers and other professionals.

Two Tracks, Endless Specializations

The USC MACC program is not a lock-step program. There are two program tracks — Taxation (TAX) and Business Measurement and Assurance (BMA) — but outside of the core track courses you have the flexibility to select electives based on your individual career and academic interests. We have specializations and certificates for students looking to focus on CPA Exam preparation, advisory services (consulting or transaction services), managerial accounting, systems/IT, business analytics, international business, and small business/small firm accounting, but you have the ability to create your own, unique program of study.

You can take virtually any graduate level course offered at USC Columbia within our program — including study abroad courses.

CPA Exam Success

The Moore School MACC includes a required simulated CPA exam to assist in your exam studying efforts, while also providing Becker CPA Exam Review's FastPass for a turbo-charged CPA prep tool. Many of our students complete all four parts of the exam prior to graduation. USC MACC 2014 graduates had an 84 percent pass rate on the CPA Exam (NASBA custom school report).

Not Just Faculty — Mentors

Our faculty are not just nationally ranked (fourth in United States in experimental research according to BYU Accounting Research Rankings) — they are also genuinely invested in your success. They make sure to get to know you personally and will be your mentors and biggest supporters not just during the program, but far beyond graduation.

Begin Your Dream Career

The reputation of MACC graduates is well known by accounting firms and corporations large and small because they value the skills our students learn here. The MACC program began over 40 years ago and has had consistent and quality placement for students — nearly 100 percent of U.S. domestic students are placed in firms throughout the state, region and nation.

Wherever you picture your future career, we are here to help make sure it happens. MACC faculty members at the business school maintain close professional relationships with firms around the state and across the nation and those ties pay dividends when it comes to recommending MACC graduates for employment.

Big-School Resources, Small-School Environment

MACC students work closely with our top-ranked faculty and build relationships that continue during their professional careers. While class and program size remain relatively small, 19 and 72 respectively, students benefit from the great USC and Moore School resources.

Build your professional network by interacting with students in other Moore School graduate programs. Utilize big-four caliber research tools, enjoy a state-of-the-art graduate student lounge and access numerous other amenities available to Moore School students.