Master of Accounting Curriculum

Curriculum

The Loyola MAcc curriculum offers three track options which allow students to either focus on specific accounting topics at a deeper level or maintain a broader perspective to meet their career goals and prepare for further career advancement. 

The following MAcc tracks include:

Financial Reporting

The Financial Reporting Track helps students focus primarily on financial reporting areas of accounting to achieve specific career goals and prepare for further career advancement. Students who select this track are strongly encouraged to take GB 736 Data Visualization for Decision Making to better prepare for continuously changing technology in the accounting profession.

Tax

With the ever-increasing complexities of taxation, the Tax Track offers students the ability to expand upon their undergraduate studies with additional courses in Individual Taxation and Tax Research & Writing.  The Tax Track will provide students with a strong foundational framework needed to begin or advance a career in the tax field.  The focused courses in our Tax Track will provide students with the essential skills and abilities to identify and solve tax problems and recognize tax planning opportunities.

Data Analytics

The prevalence of big data and the increased availability of digital tools and services have created opportunities for accountants and other key decision makers to conduct detailed analyses of emerging market trends and business operations. Real-time data platforms and improved analytics now make it possible for organizations to quickly sense and respond to market needs. In this track, students will take a series of courses designed to deliver specific skills for how to prepare, visualize, and understand patterns in data within the accounting field.

 

Pre-requisites

 

Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent coursework

Core Courses

  • AC 700 Ethics for Accounting Professionals (online)
  • AC 702 Advanced Financial Accounting (in person and online)
  • AC 705 Audit Analytics (in person and online)
  • AC 708 Advanced Finance (online)
  • AC 710 Professional Communications (online)
  • AC 712 SEC Reporting (online with in person site visit)
  • Either AC 709 Accounting Internship OR AC 711 Seminar in Accounting Practice (online)

Electives

Financial Reporting Track:

Select THREE of the following:

  • AC 701 Advanced International Accounting (in person and online)
  • AC 704 Tax Research (in person and online)
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax (in person and online)
  • ONE other GB elective (in person, online, and hybrid options)

Tax Track:

  • AC 704 Tax Research (in person and online)
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax (in person and online)
  • ONE other elective from the list above

Data Analytics Track:

  • GB 736 Data Visualization for Decision Making (online)

AND

ONE other GB Data Analytics elective from the following:

  • GB 730 Introduction to Data Analytics (online)
  • GB 739 Data Management and Database Systems (online)
  • GB 851 Business Intelligence & Data Mining (online)

AND

ONE additional AC elective from the following:

  • AC 701 Advanced International Accounting (in person and online)
  • AC 704 Tax Research (in person and online)
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax (in person and online)

For more information on Loyola's MAcc program, contact us at 410-617-5067 or macc@loyola.edu.















As chair of the Accounting Advisory Board and a future employer of accounting students, I’m excited this new program will offer a clear path to completion of the 150-hour requirement, in addition to building a pipeline of very qualified CPAs for years to come.

—Christine Aspell, BBA & Partner, KPMG LLP

The new MAcc curriculum is focused on developing deeper technical, communication and decision making skills, providing graduates crucial tools for successful careers in public accounting and beyond.

—Bob Jirsa, BA ’77, Partner, RSM US LLP

RSM has a long and very successful relationship with Loyola - supporting its programs, its faculty and staff, and its students. Over the years, we have recruited many of our most successful professionals from Loyola’s undergraduate and graduate programs. As a Loyola alumnus myself, I’m always proud when another Loyola student or alumnus joins the Firm.

—Robert J. Callens, ’81, Partner, RSM US LLP

While earning a Masters will almost certainly qualify a student to earn his or her CPA license, the true benefit such programs provide comes from a truly increased depth of knowledge.

—John Peter Krahel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting

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