The Master of Accounting program is designed to meet the needs of accountants in public or private accounting focusing on interpreting and analyzing accounting information for decision-making. This program allows undergraduate accounting majors to complete an advanced degree while pursuing the additional hours needed to meet the 150 hour requirement in most states to become a Certified Public Accountant. Graduates comply with the Iowa Standards for Certification upon passing the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination.

Our Master of Accounting faculty are respected nationally and have been making a difference as editors and co-editors of the top journals in their areas of expertise. Our accounting faculty host annual training conferences for continuing education credits and provide external consulting. These external experiences provide a link for our students from the classroom to real-world practice.

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4 YEARS of undergraduate course work to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting

1 YEAR of graduate coursework to earn a Master of Accounting degree

Why a Master of Accounting Degree?

  • CPA eligibility and preparation
  • Advanced technical and conceptual understanding of accounting
  • Greater opportunity for career advancement and a higher starting salary
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to build your professional network
  • Hands on, real-world course work
  • Ability to obtain graduate assistant work
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Kayla Sander
Master of Accounting Program Coordinator & Advisor

Anne Clem
Director of Master of Accounting Program

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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