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Whether you’re preparing to sit for the national Uniform CPA Exam or are looking to expand your career opportunities, the College of Business’s Master of Accountancy is designed to help you achieve your professional goals. Utilizing theory-driven coursework and supported by job-related practical skills, this program prepares you for a successful career in a variety of fields, public and private firms and industries.

Prepare for the CPA Exam and the Next Step in Your Career

The national Uniform CPA Exam requires a breadth of knowledge. Our AACSB-accredited Master of Accountancy program teaches you what you need to sit for – and pass – this exam. Our students’ CPA exam first-time pass rate of 60 percent exceeds both state and national rates.

After completing our Master of Accountancy program, you’ll be ready to secure a competitive accounting or management position in myriad industries. In a 2020 study conducted by U.S. News and World Report, 45 percent of employers plan on hiring Master of Accountancy graduates in the coming year. And with a job field that’s expected to grow 6 percent by 2028, it’s an opportune time to invest in yourself and your accounting knowledge.

STEM Designation

The Master of Accountancy program meets the federal definition of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program as it emphasizes technical skills combined with options for scientific coursework.

Benefits for International Students

International Master of Accountancy students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) that allows them to work for 12 months in the United States after completing the degree program. The STEM designation of the Master of Accountancy program makes students eligible for an additional 24-month OPT extension. With up to 36 months more time to work and network in the U.S., international students can build a valuable set of professional skills and contacts that can help them with their career endeavors. 

Additionally, the Master of Accountancy program offers students the chance to participate in Curricular Practical Training. CPT connects students with off-campus job, training and internship opportunities. These off-campus opportunities align with the student’s course requirements and help them complete their degree.

Program at a Glance
Specializations: Taxation
Data Analytics and Systems
Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting
Delivery: Face to face
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Length: Two semesters
Start Date: August
Schedule: Classes two to five days a week, Monday–Friday
Credits: 30 (15 core, 15 elective)
Degree awarded:

On diploma: Master of Accountancy
On transcript: Master of Accountancy, major in Accountancy with specialization in Taxation, or Data Analytics and Systems, or Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting (specialization may not apply)

Courses for the Real World

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The field of accounting requires dynamic and flexible thinking. We’ve structured our program so that you can focus on the area most applicable to your career aspirations.

In addition to general accountancy, our Master of Accountancy offers specializations in taxation; data analytics and systems; and financial analysis, auditing, and reporting.

ACT540 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

Ethical practice of professional accounting

ACT 541 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing

Professional practices for addressing the related areas of forensic accounting and fraud

ACT 575 Oil and Gas Accounting

Specialized financial accounting procedures related to the oil and gas industry

ACT 612 Issues in Financial Reporting and Auditing

Contemporary and emerging issues at the intersection of financial reporting and auditing

ACT 635 State and Local Taxation

Tax planning and compliance issues for entities doing business in multi-jurisdictional locales

ACT 636 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders

Federal income tax principles and problems relating to reorganization, consolidation, and termination of corporations

Join a Research-Driven Program

The Department of Accounting at the College of Business is well known for its productivity in tax accounting research. Our department is ranked 8th in tax research, in the top 10% in overall research breadth worldwide, and in the top 12% worldwide for overall research productivity by the BYU Accounting Research Rankings.

Our graduate students and faculty work closely together to solve complex business problems in areas like auditing, ethics, financial accounting and reporting and more. In addition to faculty, you’ll work with corporate, public, and non-profit accounting partners to develop solutions for the real-world challenges they face. Mentor programs, guest speakers and connections with our advisory board all add to the curriculum and serve as excellent networking opportunities.

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Learn by Doing

Victor Amaya

"The beauty about our profession is how flexible it is, and the ability for you to find a path that’s right for you."

Victor Amaya, Master of Accountancy graduate

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