The goal of the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc) curriculum is to prepare students with advanced technical accounting, data analysis, critical thinking, and professional communication skills to be effective and ethical accounting professionals who make a positive impact throughout their careers.
At Gonzaga, we continuously improve the curriculum based on feedback from accounting employers, our alumni network, and our Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from leading accounting firms across the United States. Outside input ensures that we offer an innovative curriculum, equipping our students with the skills that hiring firms are seeking and positioning our students for success well into their careers.
Students can complete their M.Acc degree in two semesters at Gonzaga. M.Acc students complete 10 core classes (25 core credits) and 5 elective credits, for a total 30 credits to earn their graduate degree.
Core Curriculum (25 credits)
- Orientation Workshop (required in 1st semester): 0 credits
- Power Query/Power Pivot: 2 credits
- Financial Accounting for Income Taxes: 3 credits
- Data Analysis for Accountants (Tableau): 2 credits
- Advanced Analytics for Accounting (Power BI): 3 credits
- Financial Statement Analysis: 3 credits
- Sustainability Accounting: 1 credit
- Accounting Theory: 3 credits
- Professional Ethics: 2 credits
- Audit Research & Practice: 3 credits
- Corporate Governance: 3 credits
Electives (5 credits)
One unique elective option offered in the M.Acc 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. Alternatively, students may take the Fraud & Forensic Examination elective course for a more traditional classroom experience.
Blockchain in Business explores the fundamentals of blockchain technology as it relates to enterprise systems, cryptocurrencies, and legal/regulatory matters. The focus of this course will be to develop a practical understanding of how blockchain technology fits within the greater business technology ecosystem and the current legal and regulatory frameworks. Topics covered will include an overview of blockchain technology, tax implications of cryptocurrency transactions, smart contracts, key management and internal controls, and introductions to enterprise blockchain software. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a baseline understanding of the role of blockchain technology in the modern business world.
M.Acc students may also take electives from the MS.Tax or MBA programs to meet their personal and professional goals.