At Gonzaga, we continuously improve the curriculum based on input directly from accounting employers and from our Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from accounting firms across the United States. Input directly from firms allows Gonzaga to offer an innovative curriculum for students. This ensures students develop the skills that hiring firms seek, and the skills that will prepare them for success in their careers. 

The core curriculum prepares students with advanced technical accounting skills, research and professional writing skills, and the managerial capabilities to become effective and ethical accountants who make a positive impact throughout their careers. All Master in Accountancy (MAcc) students must complete 10 core classes, for a total of 26 core credits, and five elective credits, for a total 31 credits to earn their graduate degree. 

Core Curriculum

  • MAcc 600: Orientation Workshop (0 credits) required in 1st semester
  • MAcc 661: Professional Writing Workshop (1 credit)
  • MAcc 664: Professional Ethics (2 credits)
  • MAcc 672: Law & Regulation (3 credits)
  • MAcc 669: IFRS and U.S. GAAP (3 credits)
  • MAcc 603: Financial Accounting for Income Taxes (2 credits)
  • MAcc 640: Accounting Research & Practice (2 credits)
  • MAcc 641: Financial Statement Analysis (3 credit)
  • MAcc 663: Accounting Theory (3 credits)
  • MAcc 665: Audit Research & Practice (3 credits)
  • MAcc 670: Fraud & Forensic Examination (3 credits) OR MAcc 671 Forensic Accounting Lab (3 credits)

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MAcc students may take electives in the MAcc or MBA program to meet their personal and professional goals. Electives include courses such as Advanced Financial Accounting, Behavioral Issues in Managerial Accounting, and Accounting Integrations.

One special elective option offered in the MAcc program is the Forensic Accounting Lab. This course is an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience investigating cases of financial fraud. Students work with a Certified Fraud Examiner to complete forensic accounting examinations where full investigations would otherwise be too costly or time consuming. The students' work helps law enforcement officials prosecute white collar crime and helps victims of fraud achieve justice.  

Learn more about the Forensic Accounting Lab.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Taxation program.