Smeal’s Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate MAcc Program provides the education necessary to be licensed as a CPA after five years of study at Penn State. The program is a good fit for highly-motivated students who know as of their sophomore year that they want to pursue a career in public accounting and earn a CPA upon graduating.
Coursework for the Integrated MAcc Program begins in the fall semester of the junior year. Graduation occurs after the fifth year, at which time students simultaneously earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting.
Penn State students in the Smeal College or the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) apply to the Integrated MAcc Program early in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Accounting and finance majors are considered for admission. Admissions are highly competitive and are limited to 120 students annually.
Note: The 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in accounting remains as an option for students who do not wish to pursue the CPA designation immediately after graduation.