Student Experience

Information on One-Year MAcc Program experience

The One-Year MAcc Program is designed to encourage collaboration not only with your peers, but also with faculty who are experts in their field. Beyond the classroom, opportunities to connect with the Smeal alumni network increase your career potential.

Student-Faculty Interaction

Because the program is small and selective, you benefit from direct faculty interaction. Program faculty and your classmates are with you during resume reviews, mock interviews, and case competitions, as well as in class.

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.

Networking

As a student in the One-Year MAcc Program, the opportunities to network with accounting professionals begin in April of the year you are admitted to the program. The placement process for the required spring internship launches at the start of your fall semester on campus. Most students secure a full time job offer from the firm at which they complete their internship.

In addition to the spring semester internship, Smeal offers many opportunities to connect with employers including:

  • Executive Insights: Smeal’s signature speaker series brings top executives to campus to discuss leadership topics with students, faculty, and staff. Past speakers include leadership from Deloitte, EY, PwC, and KPMG.
  • Career Fairs: There are a number of opportunities throughout the academic year to connect with recruiters. Each fall, the professional accounting organization Beta Alpha Psi hosts Meet the Firms, a career fair and networking event specifically geared toward students interested in accounting internships and jobs.
  • Networking Events: At the beginning of the fall semester, the Accounting Department and the MAcc Program Student Association (MPSA) host the MAcc Kickoff Event. Representatives from many employers, including the Big Four, attend and network with students in an informal setting. This event is exclusive to MAcc students.

Additionally, students have access to a number of resources at Smeal and across the University where they can find information on internship and job opportunities and career-related events.

One-Year MAcc Program students benefit from joining the Penn State and Smeal alumni networks. With more than 75,000 Smeal alumni and more than 500,000 Penn State alumni around the globe, the opportunities to connect are endless.

In addition to career fairs and networking events, the Accounting Department also works with the Accounting Advisory Board to promote accounting education at Penn State. The board is comprised of accounting professionals from professional practice, senior corporate management, regulatory bodies, and higher education.