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Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy (MACC) program at the Darla Moore School of Business is designed for talented, hard-working individuals who want to develop the full range of skills that a successful career in accounting requires.

Taking you far beyond what is covered in a traditional undergraduate classroom, the MACC program will hone your ability to analyze information, identify problems, provide value-added solutions, interact with various types of people and communicate ideas in a compelling manner. These technical, critical thinking and soft skills provide the kind of solid professional foundation that doesn't just prepare you for your first job, but for the career that is ahead of you.

With small class sizes, an impressive record of job placement for graduates and solid preparation for the CPA exam, the USC MACC program delivers a distinct advantage for a rewarding career.

The USC MACC Advantage

Beginning With the End in Mind1: Passing the CPA exam and obtaining your first job are important steps in your career, but we view these as short-term objectives. Our primary focus is what happens next: your career. Continuously changing business trends and economic climates challenge accountants to use a wide variety of skill sets to serve their clients. Our MACC program is constantly reaching out to professionals to determine which skills you will need to succeed in today's -- and tomorrow's -- accounting profession. This is why our core MACC curriculum focuses on ensuring you will:

  • Possess a strong technical knowledge of accounting principles
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to: 
    - Identify client problems, issues and opportunities; and develop sound solutions and recommendations
    - Analyze data, identify and react to trends, and develop sound solutions and recommendations
  • Exhibit the communication skills necessary to interact well with clients, coworkers, and other professionals

Two Tracks, Endless Specializations: The USC MACC program is not a lock-step program. There are two program tracks (Taxation (TAX) and Business Measurement and Assurance (BMA), but outside of the core track courses you have the flexibility to select electives based on your individual career and academic interests. We have specializations and certificates for students looking to focus on CPA Exam preparation, advisory services (consulting and/or transaction services), managerial accounting, systems/IT, business analytics, International Business, and Small Business/Small Firm accounting, but you have the ability to create your own, unique program of study. You can take virtually any graduate level course offered at USC-Columbia within our program -- including study abroad courses.

CPA Exam Success: The USC MACC includes a required simulated CPA exam to assist in your exam studying efforts, while also providing Becker CPA Exam Review's FastPass for a turbo-charged CPA prep tool. Many of our students complete all four parts of the exam prior to graduation. USC MACC 2014 Graduates had an 84% pass rate on the CPA Exam (source: NASBA custom school report).

Not Just Faculty - Mentors: Our faculty are not just nationally ranked (4th in United States in Experimental research according to BYU Accounting Research Rankings) -- they are also genuinely invested in your success. They make sure to get to know you personally and will be your mentors and biggest supporters not just during the program, but far beyond graduation.

"The professors in the MACC program really go above and beyond in support of their students. From day one, it was clear how much they wanted me to succeed. They were always there for me whatever time it was, and they've stayed in touch after I graduated." - Susan Blake, MACC '13, DHG Risk Advisory

Begin Your Dream Career: The reputation of USC MACC graduates is well known by accounting firms and corporations large and small because they value the skills our students learn here. The MACC program began over 40 years ago and has had consistent and quality placement for students -- nearly 100% US domestic students are placed. Don't want to work in Columbia? Not a problem. We have placed our students in firms throughout the state, region and nation. Wherever you picture your future career, we are here to help make sure that happens. MACC faculty members at the business school maintain close professional relationships with firms around the state and across the nation and those ties pay dividends when it comes to recommending MACC graduates for employment.

Big School Resources, Small School Environment: USC MACC students work closely with our top-ranked faculty, and build relationships that continue during their professional careers. While class and program size remain relatively small, 19 and 72 respectively, students benefit from the great USC and Moore School resources. Build your professional network by interacting with students in other Moore School graduate programs; utilize big four caliber research tools; enjoy a state-of-the-art graduate student lounge, and access numerous other amenities available to USC students.

AACSB Accredited - Times Two!: AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and is earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. The Darla Moore School of Business is one of only 716 business schools globally that maintains AACSB Business Accreditation, and one of only 181 institutions in the world to also maintain a specialized AACSB Accreditation for Accounting. We value your educational experience, so we make sure that our School of Accounting undergoes more rigorous examination under its own accreditation process to ensure our program meets the highest educational standards.

1 "Begin with the end in mind" is the second habit in Stephen R. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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