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Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

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About the Program

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is comprehensive and develops students' conceptual and technical accounting competence, communication skills, research and analytical abilities, and leadership.

The MAcc degree requires 30 graduate hours and is offered in hybrid format with evening classes.  This format allows students to attend classes one or two evenings a week and earn up to 12 graduate credits per semester while using CPA preparatory software and with the benefits of in-class discussion and learning.

The Plaster School of Business offers both a  traditional  and  accelerated  course for the MAcc degree. The accelerated course is designed specifically for MSSU undergraduate accounting students to begin their graduate work during their senior year. This allows undergraduates to save 3 credit hours of coursework and have more accounting experience when searching for jobs.

Advantages of a MAcc Degree with the Plaster School of Business:

  1. CPA Eligible with 150 Hours
  2. Job Opportunities
  3. Higher Starting Salaries
  4. Additional Specialized Knowledge
  5. Accelerated Course with Undergraduate Degree

Course Number

MAcc Core Curriculum



ACCT 502 Financial Accounting and Reporting 3 hours
ACCT  508 Tax Planning and Research 3 hours
ACCT 545 Integrative Accounting Seminar 3 hours
ACCT  585 Controllership 3 hours
ACCT 601 Ethics and Professional Responsibility 3 hours
ACCT 604 Contemporary Auditing Issues 3 hours
ACCT 632 Seminar in Financial Accounting Theory 3 hours
FIN 535 Financial Analysis 3 hours
MGMT 552 Strategic Management 3 hours
    Total 27 hours

Plus choose one of the following  Accounting Electives:

ACCT 691 Internship 3 hours
ACCT 692 Individual Income Tax Assistance 3 hours
ACCT 699 Directed Individual Study hours
    Total 3 hours

Total Hours Required for MAcc Degree



Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Accelerated Program
Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Traditional Program

Program Costs

The MAcc program at MSSU is designed to be completed in one calendar year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Books and tuition are subject to change annually.

*Lion Pride Tuition: Discount for in-state tuition includes all Missouri bordering states, including Texas.

Please click here  to see program costs. 

Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for  financial aid for a graduate program  should complete the  free application for student aid(FAFSA) and list the Missouri Southern State University school code (002488).

Stafford Loans:  can be used for graduate studies until the award is exhausted, provided that the student is degree-seeking.

Graduate Assistantships are Available
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Deadlines for applying are April 1 (fall semester) and November 1 (spring semester). Applications for the graduate assistantship will be available after February 1.


Traditional Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Submit a current resume describing each fulltime professional position held.
  • Minimum GMAT score of 450
    *Program director may waive the GMAT requirement if one of the following situations is met:
    1 .Undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher in their last 60 hours
    2. Scored at or above the 70th percentile on the Major Field Test
    3. Holds an advanced degree (e.g., masters, doctorate from an accredited institution)
    4. Professional background is sufficient to indicate success in a graduate program

Traditional Course Planning Sheet

Accelerated Program Requirements:

  • Current accounting major at MSSU.
  • Earned an overall GPA of 3.6 or higher for the last 60 hours.
  • Completed ACCT 309, 312, 322, 375, 385, and 408 with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Submit a current resume describing each position held in the last five years.

Accelerated Course Planning Sheet

International Students and Applicants without Accounting Degrees

To Apply for the Macc Program: 

Contact Us

Dr. David M. Smith, CPA
Graduate Program Coordinator 

Office: Plaster Hall Office 309H
Phone: 417-625-3012