Master of Accounting (MAcc) Programs
To be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in most states, including Pennsylvania, individuals must complete 150 credit-hours of education. Penn State's Smeal College of Business offers two options to meet this educational requirement: the Integrated MAcc Program for Smeal accounting majors and the One-Year MAcc Program for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State or elsewhere.
Becoming a CPA opens doors to opportunities not only in accounting firms, but also across the business landscape. A master’s degree in accounting will prepare students to enter careers in public accounting, as well as corporate finance, financial analysis, and law enforcement. Combining graduate accounting coursework with a CPA certificate and any number of undergraduate degree specializations facilitates entry to careers in consulting and advisory services.
The earliest opportunity to apply for the One-Year MAcc Program is in January of the undergraduate junior year. Offers of admission are conditional upon satisfactory completion of remaining undergraduate coursework. The program spans the fall, spring, and summer semesters and culminates with the award of a master’s degree in August.
Smeal students apply for the Integrated MAcc Program early in the spring semester of the sophomore year during the undergraduate major selection period at Smeal. The program begins in the fall semester of the junior year and students graduate in May of the fifth year with both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in accounting.