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Darla Moore School of Business


Prerequisite Courses

Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in accounting to be admitted into our MACC program. If you are missing prerequisite courses prior to entering, you will be required to complete these courses in addition to the 10 MACC program courses. Please note that taking prerequisite courses may extend your MACC program beyond our traditional 10-month completion cycle.

Business core prerequisite courses
  • MATH 122 — Business Calculus (If you have not previously taken ECON 221 and 222)
  • ACCT 225 — Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 226 — Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 324 — Survey of Commercial Law
  • ECON 221 — Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 222 — Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MGSC 291 — Statistics for Business & Economics
  • FINA 363 — Introduction to Finance
  • MGMT 371 — Principles of Management
  • MKTG 350 — Principles of Marketing

All courses at or above the USC 300-level must be taken at a 4-year institution. It is highly recommended that all business core classes be taken at a 4-year institution.

Upper-level accounting prerequisite courses
  • ACCT 401 — Financial Accounting I (Intermediate I)*
  • ACCT 402 — Cost/Managerial Accounting I (Intermediate Cost/Managerial)
  • ACCT 403 — Tax I (U.S. Individual Income Tax)**
  • ACCT 404 — Accounting Systems I
  • ACCT 405 — Financial Accounting II (Intermediate II)**
  • ACCT 406 — Auditing I**

Accounting course descriptions can be found on the Accounting Courses page.

All upper level accounting prerequisites must be delivered in a live classroom to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. Courses taken online or by distance education will not be accepted.

*If an undergraduate institution has three intermediate financial accounting courses, it is likely that all three of these courses will be required to meet the ACCT 401 and ACCT 405 prerequisite requirement.

**ACCT 403, ACCT 405 and ACCT 406 must be taken at an educational institution within the United States.