If you want to add improved critical thinking, analytical decision making, and communication skills to your arsenal of accounting expertise, our master of accounting (MACC) program is for you. Designed to meet the needs of accountants in public and private industries, our comprehensive program will prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Whichever direction you want to go with, we’ve got you covered.

Our MAcc program provides:

  • Fulfillment of the 150-hour CPA certification requirement
  • CPA or CMA exam preparation
  • Area specializations
  • Hands-on, real-world coursework
  • London study abroad option
  • Opportunity for a higher starting salary and faster advancement in your career

In today’s competitive job market, employers want you to be certified or CPA-eligible. Our curriculum is designed to provide maximum preparation for the CPA exam or the CMA exam while building the skills and knowledge you need to shine in your future career.

We offer several specializations so you can focus your studies to align with your future goals. In addition, program extras like add-on graduate certificates and our London study abroad experience create other ways to build your expertise, network, and resume.

Scholarships and assistantships are available for qualified students.

Interested in 4+1?
If you’re still an undergrad, you can jump into our one-year program in tandem with you bachelor’s degree — meaning you can finish both programs in five years.

Successful concurrent MACC candidates have:

  • a GPA above 3.0
  • a B or higher in all accounting courses
  • completed four upper division accounting courses, including ACCT 387
  • demonstrated strong professional communication skills

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Kayla Sander
Master of Accounting Program Coordinator & Advisor

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In order to set yourself apart from your peers and increase your career potential, obtaining a CPA license is vital. Employers look for professionals who have dedicated the time and effort to obtain a professional license. Taking the summer review course will give you the tools you need to pass the exam. As an ISU MAcc graduate and a CPA, I highly recommend you take this important step to elevate your future!

Adria Reed, Senior Financial Reporting Analyst - Liberty Media, ISU Master of Accounting Program Alumna
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We generally see MAcc graduates with stronger problem solving skills. Their logic skills and critical reasoning skills are enhanced in a MAcc program. We also see that students’ verbal and written communication skills are better as a result of the MAcc program. MAcc graduates more quickly assimilate into our environment or any professional services environment, and ultimately, they have a higher earnings potential.

Kevin Prien, Regional Managing Partner – Central Region McGladrey LLP
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Last summer I had the opportunity to study in London for three weeks through the MAcc program. We learned about international business as well as how accounting works over in Europe. We were able to tour Lloyd’s of London and visit Bank of America – Merrill Lynch. We visited PwC’s London office as well as the Chartered Accountants Hall. It was a great experience!

Libby Almond, Tax Associate, RSM McGladrey US LLP ISU Master of Accounting Program Alumna