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Master of Accountancy

Program Overview

The School of Business at William Jessup University invites you to advance your career with our dynamic and industry relevant graduate degree in accounting. The Jessup accelerated Master of Accountancy degree is designed to prepare students to qualify to take the CPA exam, and for a professional career in the expanding field of accounting. The program consists of 30 units and can be completed in under a year for accounting majors or around 18 months for other majors.

Seven Reasons to Earn Your MAcc degree from Jessup

  1. Earn your master’s degree in accounting in less than 1 year and become CPA exam ready
  2. Accelerate your career as you learn from actual CPA practitioners and experienced accounting faculty
  3. Flexible weekend classes designed for working professionals
  4. Exceed state educational requirements for licensure (150 semester units)
  5. CPA exam prep course embedded in program, along with relevant course work in all major aspects of accounting
  6. Competitively priced and financial aid is available.
  7. Professional ethical emphasis

Program Details

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program requires 30 semester units or ten courses which can be completed in just under 1-year (48 units for non-accounting majors will take additional time). The purpose of the WJU MAcc degree is to provide students with a bachelor’s degree a direct pathway to CPA exam eligibility and to better prepare students to be transformational stewards in the accounting profession. Currently those seeking professional licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) must successfully complete a minimum of 150 semester units, with 30+ units in a variety of accounting, auditing, and tax courses to obtain a license (once they also pass all four portions of the Uniform CPA Exam and have at least 1-year of full-time accounting work experience). Thus, the MAcc curriculum is designed to not only exceed the academic requirements to become a CPA, but it will be delivered in a manner which will enable working professionals to also gain their 1-year of industry experience. Tuition is $650 per unit.

Admission decisions are made by the MAcc director and deans of the School of Business using a combination of factors, including but not limited to academic degree(s), past scholastic performance, professional achievements, and other relevant experiences. Applicants will be admitted to the program based upon enrollment availability and their ability to meet/provide the following minimum entrance requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA’s of 2.5-2.99 will be considered with two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
  • Resume reflecting your professional work experience
  • GMAT or GRE not required but is optional if you desire to strengthen your application if GPA below 3.0, etc. (scores < 5 years)
  • Completed Graduate Application and Essay

MAcc Prerequisite Courses (18 units)

Financial Accounting

3 units

Managerial Accounting

3 units

Intermediate Accounting I & II

6 units

Federal Tax I or II

3 units


3 units

MAcc Core Courses (30 units)

ACCT501 Ethics for Accounting Professionals

3 units

ACCT545 Advanced Financial Reporting

3 units

ACCT547 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation

3 units

ACCT549 Advanced Auditing

3 units

BUS541 Management Accounting

3 units

ACCT646 Government & Non-Profit Accounting

3 units

ACCT644 Advanced Federal Taxation

3 units

ACCT610 Accounting Information Systems

3 units

BUS542 Corporate Finance

3 units

ACCT698 CPA Exam Preparation Course

3 units
  • Integrate and apply scriptural and industry principles to make ethical, and effective accounting and financial decisions.
  • Communicate in an effective manner consistent with the accounting profession in a verbal and written manner.
  • Analytically assess a wide-variety of accounting, audit, and tax matters using advanced research, technology, and critical thinking skills necessary to be an effective accounting professional.
  • Demonstrate a proficient and comprehensive knowledge of the accounting principles, regulations, and practices required to qualify to take all four portions (FAR, REG, BEC, AUD) of the Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Evaluate and apply the appropriate international accounting principles to global organizations per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Public accountant or auditor
  • Tax manager
  • Corporate controller
  • Chief accounting or financial officer
  • Internal auditor
  • Government accountant or auditor
  • Non-profit accountant
  • Accounting Information System (AIS) specialist
  • Actuarial accountant
  • Budget analyst
  • Cost accountant
  • Business valuation specialist
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Master of Accountancy

Master’s Degree


Program Advisor

Manuel Salazar III, CPA, MBA, EdD

 MAcc Program Director


Faculty & Staff

Erin Hill

Associate Dean, Chair of Undergrad Programs, Assistant Professor of Business

Manuel Salazar III, CPA, MBA, EdD

Associate Professor, Online Faculty & Program Coordinator (School of Business), Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Director

Michelle Nelson, CPA, CFE, MST

Accounting and Audit Adjunct Specialist

Patricia Lynch, MBA

Managerial Accounting Adjunct

Phillip Medlin, CPA

Tax Adjunct Specialist

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