Master of Accounting Fast Track Senior Start for Loyola Students

Loyola University Maryland undergraduates who are admitted via Fast Track admission to the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program may select a “Senior Start” option. This allows students to take a MAcc class in each senior semester if the student has been admitted to the program before the start of that semester. 

Program Comparison: Senior Start vs. Standard MAcc Format

  Senior Start
# of courses
MAcc
# of courses
Senior Year - Fall 1 None
Senior Year - Spring 1 None
Summer 0-3 3-4 or None
Fall 2-3 3-4
Spring 2-3 3-4
Summer 0-3 None or 3-4

Review the MAcc Curriculum and elective options for each track - General, Tax, or Data Analytics.

MAcc students choose either AC709 Accounting Internship or AC711 Seminar in Accounting Practice.

Senior Start Benefits

In addition to the benefits of Fast Track admission, the Senior Start option offers these benefits:

  • Students may use undergraduate elective to double count for their MAcc courses
  • Over $6,000 in savings while providing a faster, more cost-effective path to the 150-hour CPA requirement

Senior Start FAQs

If I plan to pursue "Senior Start" and take two MAcc classes in my senior year, what start term should I choose on my application?

Your start term should always be the term in which you are taking MAcc courses after you have officially graduated with your Bachelor's degree (Summer or Fall after you graduate with your Bachelor's degree).

If I don't qualify for the fast track admission, can I still apply for the "Senior Start" option?

No, applicants must meet the fast track admission requirements in order to apply for "Senior Start."

At what point are my transcripts requested from Records and attached to my application?

Once an online application form is submitted, the Office of Graduate Admission will pull Loyola University Maryland transcripts from the Records Office and attach them to the application file.

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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