Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The Gonzaga Master of Accountancy program provides a strong framework of courses promoting development and enhancement of the intellectual, technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills which are critical in today's business environment. The MAcc program is intended for those who are looking to pursue a career in the audit function of public accounting or in industry.

Current Gonzaga undergraduate accounting majors may apply for the MAcc program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted into the program, they may take up to nine credits of graduate-level courses during their senior year with the permission of their graduate advisor. Before applying for admission, students should have completed 75 credit hours (including ACCT 360) with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and have earned at least a C+ in each upper-division accounting course. Students must be admitted to the MAcc program before enrolling in any graduate-level class.

Foundation Courses

The foundation (pre-requisite) courses for the MAcc degree include both business and accounting courses. In addition to the business foundation courses required for the MBA degree, specific accounting foundation courses include the following:

  • MACC 560 Intermediate Accounting I
  • MACC 561 Intermediate Accounting II
  • MACC 563 Cost Accounting
  • MACC 565 Federal Taxation
  • MACC 564 Auditing

Degree Requirements

A total of thirty-one (31) credits of graduate coursework is required for the Master of Accountancy degree. Students must maintain a 3.00 or better grade point average.

MACC 600 Orientation Workshop 0 credit
MACC 601 Advanced EXCEL  2 credits
MACC 603 Financial Accounting for Income Taxes 3 credits
MACC 611 Introduction to Analytics for Accounting  2 credits
MACC 622 Advanced Analytics for Accounting  3 credits
MACC 641 Financial Statement Analysis 3 credits
MACC 661 Professional Writing Workshop 1 credits
MACC 663 Accounting Theory 3 credits
MACC 664 Professional Ethics 2 credits
MACC 665 Audit Research and Practice 3 credits
MACC 662 Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting 3 credits
MACC 667 Corporate Governance 3 credits
Electives* 3 credits

*Electives must be approved by the graduate advisor

MACC 560 Intermediate Accounting I
3.00 credits
An intensive study of financial accounting theory and practice. Topics include recognition, measurement, and reporting and assets, liabilities, corporate equity, revenues and expenses; preparation and analysis of the principal financial statements. Fall and Summer.
ACCT 360 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
MACC 561 Intermediate Accounting II
3.00 credits
Continuation of MACC 560. Spring and Summer.
ACCT 361 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
MACC 563 Cost Accounting
3.00 credits
An examination of the mechanics and application of accounting principles and concepts for planning, control, and decision making. Topics include cost behavior, job, process, and standard cost systems; budgeting and control; and activity-based costing. Fall and Summer.
ACCT 363 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
MACC 564 Auditing
3.00 credits
A study of auditing concepts and practices. Includes audit planning and procedures, EDP auditing, statistical sampling, ethical considerations, and report writing. Fall.
ACCT 464 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
MACC 565 Federal Taxation I
3.00 credits
Fundamentals of federal taxation with emphasis on individual taxation and tax planning. Topics include income, deductions, losses, and credits in addition to capital asset and other property transactions. Spring.
ACCT 365 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
MACC 590 Independent Study
.00- 3.00 credits
MACC 600 Orientation
.00 credits
This zero credit Orientation is held one evening per semester just prior to the start of classes. It must be taken during the student's first semester in either the Master of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration programs. Topics include an orientation to the Graduate School of Business programs, University facilities available to students, team-building, communications, and case analysis. Fall, Spring, and Summer.
MACC 601 Advanced EXCEL
2.00 credits
Students in this course will learn to harness the full power of Excel to become more effective and efficient users in the context of solving a wide variety of business and non-business problems. Students will develop expertise in the use of advanced formula techniques and sophisticated lookups.
MACC 603 Financial Acct for IncomeTaxes
3.00 credits
Audit professionals are frequently called upon to review the income tax accrual contained in audit work papers. This course focuses on the basic and some of the more common complexities encountered in accounting for income taxes under ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes.
MACC 611 Intro to Analytics for Acct
2.00 credits
A study of the role of big data and analytics in business, accounting practices in particular. The course includes coverage of the theory and practice of data visualization, statistical methods, analytical models, and an introduction to software tools and applicable programming languages to facilitate the analysis of data.
MACC 622 Advanced Analytics for Acct
3.00 credits
A study of advanced concepts in data analytics for accountants. Includes accounting related decisions based on advanced data acquisition, data mining and visualization techniques.
MACC 611 Minimum Grade: C or MTAX 611 Minimum Grade: C
MACC 634 Behavior Iss in Managerial Acc
1.00- 2.00 credits
MACC 635 Business Behaving Badly
1.00 credit
This course examines the psychological and behavioral problems faced by managers. Students will study job burnout, budgetary slack, and the potential unintended consequences of using accounting numbers in incentive systems.
MACC 641 Financial Statement Analysis
3.00 credits
This course provides an overview of the use of financial statement information in business analysis. As such, it will attempt to increase comprehension of financial statements in their related footnotes, introduce several tools and procedures common to financial statement analysis, expand understanding of the relationship between business transactions, environmental forces (e.g., political, economic, social) and reported financial information, examine how financial statement information can help solve certain business problems, and encourage logical and creative thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of information available to decision-makers.
MACC 660 Advanced Financial Accounting
3.00 credits
Advanced topics in financial accounting, theory and practice. Subjects include incorporate investments, consolidated financial statements, international accounting, partnerships, and accounting for governmental and NFP entities. Fall.
MACC 661 Professional Writing Workshop
1.00 credit
This course will emphasize the fundamentals of business writing in a professional accounting environment. Fall and Spring.
MACC 662 Adv Top in Finance Accounting
3.00 credits
This course examines emerging and advanced topics in financial accounting and reporting. Students will use case studies, accounting standards, and evolving literature to examine topics of importance in the accounting profession today.
MACC 663 Accounting Theory
3.00 credits
This course examines the hypothetical, conceptual, and pragmatic principles which form the general frame of reference for financial accounting and reporting. Fall.
MACC 664 Professional Ethics
2.00 credits
This course examines the literature of general and business ethics as well as codes developed specifically for practicing accountants. Attention is given to challenges faced by accounting professionals in both public and corporate practice. Case studies are used extensively to challenge and sensitize students to the issues they are likely to encounter in practice; various methods of understanding and solving ethical dilemmas are considered. Fall and Summer.
MACC 665 Audit Research & Practice
3.00 credits
This course examines various theoretical and practical applications of the changing auditing discipline. Authoritative attestation and auditing literature is studied as well as recent PCAOB pronouncements. Case studies are used to consider risk assessment, independence issues, internal control evaluation, and audit processes. This course also emphasizes the development of research and professional writing skills in the context of the assurance function. Spring.
MACC 666 Advanced Federal Taxation
3.00 credits
This course covers corporate, partnership, estate and gift, and international taxation. Current issues in taxation relating to both business and individual taxation will be discussed, along with an examination of tax procedure and tax practice. Fall.
MACC 667 Corporate Governance
3.00 credits
In this course, students will examine current accounting, auditing and financial reporting issues through a corporate governance lens, including internal control, internal auditing, board/audit committee roles and oversight, managerial incentives, laws/regulation, and external market forces.
MACC 668 Not-For-Profit Accounting
2.00 credits
This course investigates accounting principles and procedures as applied to governmental and not-for-profit organizations such as universities, health care agencies, and health and welfare organizations. Spring.
MACC 670 Fraud &Forensic Examination
3.00 credits
This class provides prospective auditors, accountants, and managers with an awareness of the extent and significance of fraudulent activity, and an understanding of the methods and techniques of prevention and detection. Consideration is given to (1) asset misappropriations and other fraud against the company, committed by employees, suppliers, and others, (2) consumer fraud, and (3) fraudulent financial reporting, along with the role of ethics and corporate governance in minimizing fraud. Fall.
MACC 671 Forensic Accounting Lab
3.00 credits
Called the "Justice for Victims Project," this class is a joint program with members of the community (law enforcement, prosecutors, and local certified fraud examiners), that provides a select group of students with an opportunity to investigate real cases of suspected fraud that are referred by local law enforcement. Students are assigned to teams and are supervised by faculty and by mentors from the Spokane Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The cases are selected based on financial need of the victim (primarily local small businesses and non-profit organizations). Student teams must complete a written forensic accounting report on their case, an internal control recommendation report for the client, and a formal presentation to law enforcement outlining their results. Enrollment is by application only. Fall and Spring.
MACC 679 International Accounting
2.00- 3.00 credits
This course will compare and contrast accounting and financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. GAAP, using official pronouncements, cases, and problems.
MACC 690 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Guidelines are available in the Graduate School of Business Office. Requirements must be met before registration. Summer.
MACC 694 Team Building Intensive
2.00 credits
This intensive, 2-credit course combines the highly interactive, challenge activities and in-class and outside assignments. Summer.
MACC 695 Management Consulting
3.00 credits
Practicum in providing management assistance to businesses and non-profit organizations in marketing, management, finance, accounting, information systems, operations and related case problems. The course will also examine the management of the consulting process and the role of the consultant as an agent of organizational change.
MACC 696 New Venture Lab
1.00- 3.00 credits
The New Venture Lab (NVL) Internship provides graduate students with a venue to apply the skills they have developed during their educational endeavors by allowing them to collaborate with local entrepreneurs on a variety of consulting projects. Students can choose to do the internship for 1 to 3 credits; each credit requires 60 hours of work. The NVL is an unpaid internship. As with any internship, students must complete an application and interview process in order to be considered for the NVL Internship Program.
MACC 697 Internship
.00- 3.00 credits
Relevant work experience is required that is commensurate with a student's professional interests. Guidelines and criteria are available from the School of Business Administration Internship Director.
MACC 699 Special Topics
1.00- 3.00 credits
These seminars offer coverage of current topics of importance to the accounting profession. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.