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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accountancy, M.Acc.

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Department: Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy 


  • Assurance
  • Corporate
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Tax

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The objective of the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program is to provide candidates with greater breadth and depth of knowledge in accountancy than is possible in the baccalaureate program. The major is designed to meet the increasing needs of business, government, and public accounting. Students entering the Accountancy major must already have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited school. The major may also be structured to satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA Examination in Florida.


Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Major Research Areas: Visit the Faculty Research page under Faculty in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy website.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 3.00 GPA in all upper-level accounting courses (minimum of 21 hours at a U.S. accredited program generally within the past 5 years; OR completion of the following “foundation” courses with a minimum grade of B in each course:
    1. Intermediate Financial Accounting I (ACG 3103),
    2. Intermediate Financial Accounting II (ACG 3113),
    3. Cost Accounting and Control I (ACG 3341),
    4. Accounting Information Systems (ACG 3401),
    5. Auditing I (ACG 4632), and
    6. Concepts of Federal Income Taxation (TAX 4001).

      Students with undergraduate degrees with majors other than accounting are encouraged to contact Undergraduate advising at the Muma College of Business.
  • A minimum GMAT score of 500 or higher or equivalent GRE score of 305 is required for admission into the program. Students may apply for a GMAT waiver if the following conditions have been met:
    •    The student has obtained an undergraduate degree from USF and earned a GPA of at least 3.30 in the 6 core Accounting major courses; or
    •    The student earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting within the last five years and has passed four sections of the CPA test; or
    •    The student previously earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution.

    Admission to the Master of Accountancy degree Program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Curriculum Requirements

For the student who has the equivalent of an undergraduate major in accounting at USF (including 21-24 hours of upper-level accounting coursework taken within the last 5 years), the program consists of 30 hours. Most (24 hours) of the program is devoted to the study of accounting. The remaining six (6) graduate level hours consist of study in other business areas including economics, entrepreneurship, finance, business analytics and information systems, management and marketing. These six (6) graduate level hours are elected by the student in consultation with the M.Acc. Advisor. At least 70% of the coursework must be at the 6000 level, with 100% being graduate level.

The M.Acc. curriculum has a set of two required common core accounting courses. Students may elect a concentration (12 hours) in Assurance, Corporate, or Tax. The sequencing of courses will be determined in consultation with the M.Acc. Advisor.

Total Minimum hours - 30 hours
At least 21 hours must be in 6000-level courses.

  • Core – 6 hours
  • Concentration – 12 hours
  • Electives – 6 hours
  • Non-Accounting Electives – 6 hours

Concentrations (12 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select from the following Concentrations:

Accounting Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Students select a minimum of six (6) credit hours of electives in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Non-Accounting Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Any graduate-level non ACG or TAX course may be used as a non-Accounting elective, subject to meeting course prerequisites and approval in advance by an M.Acc. Advisor.

Comprehensive Exam

Students will prepare an oral presentation on a case that integrates program concepts in their last semester. The presentation will be graded by the Graduate Committee of the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy. Students must earn a passing grade to graduate.

Other Requirements

•    This program does not offer a thesis or non-thesis option.
•    Any graduate-level ACG or TAX courses not used to fulfill the concentration requirement may be used to fulfill the elective requirements
•    A maximum of three 5000-level courses may be used in the M.Acc. program.


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