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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 skills that a successful career in accounting requires.

The UofSC 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 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 our small class sizes, impressive record of job placement for graduates and solid preparation for the CPA exam, the UofSC MACC program delivers a distinct advantage.

Beginning With the End in Mind

Passing the CPA exam and obtaining your first job are important steps in your career, and we expect that of our students. Our primary focus, however, is what happens next: your career. Our MACC program is constantly reaching out to professionals to determine what 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 UofSC MACC program is not a lock-step program. There are two program tracks — Taxation (TAX) and Business Measurement and Assurance (BMA) — but you have the flexibility to select electives based on your individual career and academic interests. We offer specializations and certificates for students wanting to focus on CPA Exam preparation, consulting or transaction services, managerial accounting, systems/IT, business analytics, international business, and small business/small firm accounting.  

You can take virtually any graduate level course offered at USC Columbia in our program — including study abroad courses  to create your own, unique program of study.

CPA Exam Success

The MACC program includes a required simulated CPA exam to assist in your 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. UofSC MACC 2014 graduates had an 84 percent pass rate on the CPA Exam (NASBA custom school report) compared to the national average of 55 percent.

Begin Your Dream Career

Wherever you picture your future career, we are here to help make sure it happens. The reputation of our 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 50 years ago and has had consistent and quality placement for students — 100 percent of U.S. domestic students are placed in firms throughout the state, region and nation.

Big-School Resources, Small-School Environment

MACC students work closely with our nationally-ranked faculty and build relationships that continue during their professional careers. While class and program size remains small, students benefit from the great UofSC 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.