Master of Accounting Curriculum

Expected Curriculum - Summer 2020

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:

General MAcc

The General MAcc helps students maintain a broader perspective while customizing their electives to achieve specific career goals and prepare for further career advancement. Students who select the General MAcc option are strongly encouraged to take GB 736 Data Visualization for Decision Making to better prepare for continuously changing technology in the accounting profession.


The constantly evolving complexities of the tax world require tax professionals to be increasingly well-prepared in the profession. The Tax Track offers students the ability to expand upon their undergraduate studies with additional courses in individual taxation and tax research and writing. This track provides students with a strong foundational framework needed to begin or advance a career in the tax field. Tax Track courses prepare students by developing underlying skills and abilities needed to identify and solve complex tax problems and recognize tax planning opportunities.

Data Analytics

The prevalence of big data and the increased availability of digital products and services has 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.




Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent coursework

Core Courses

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


General MAcc Track:

Select THREE of the following:

  • AC 701 Advanced International Accounting
  • AC 704 Tax Research
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax
  • ONE other GB elective

Tax Track:

  • AC 704 Tax Research
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax
  • ONE other elective from the list above

Data Analytics Track:

  • GB 736 Data Visualization for Decision Making


ONE other GB Data Analytics elective from the following:

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


ONE additional AC elective from the following:

  • AC 701 Advanced International Accounting
  • AC 704 Tax Research
  • AC 719 Individual Income Tax

For more information on Loyola's MAcc program, contact us at 410-617-5067 or One of our advisors will be glad to speak with you.

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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