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Academic Experience

Offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting with dedicated course sections on Penn State’s University Park campus, the One-Year MAcc Program begins in the fall semester and concludes in August of the following year.

Semester Schedule

Fall (15 credits)

ACCTG 432 – Accounting Information Systems
ACCTG 440 – Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCTG 803 – Forensic Accounting
B A 517 – Leadership Communications
B LAW 444 – Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions

Spring Semester (3 credits)


Summer Semester (12 credits)

ACCTG 806 – Taxes and Business Planning
ACCTG 873 – Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
ACCTG 881 – Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 531 – Financial Management

CPA Exam Preparation

Courses covered in the program are designed with the near-term goal of passing the CPA Exam and the long-term goal of preparing for a rewarding career as an accounting professional. Faculty work with students to ensure they understand the major issues confronting the accounting profession today and have the technical competence to pass the CPA exam.

Academic Advising

The Accounting Department assists MAcc students with registration for required accounting courses. Program advisers will also help you to make the most of recruiting events and assist you as you explore options for placement for the required spring internship.

Scott Collins is the director of the Smeal One-Year MAcc Program.Dr. Scott Collins
Director, Adviser
Smeal One-Year MAcc Program