The goal of the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) curriculum is to prepare students with skills in advanced technical accounting, data analysis, and professional writing 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 allows us to 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. For instance, Amazon Corporate Accounting told us the most important skill to be successful in their company is writing. As a result, we added a professional writing course to elevate our students' writing skills before they launch their careers. We also added the Financial Accounting for Income Taxes course, and most recently incorporated data analytics into our curriculum as a direct result from feedback we received.
All MAcc students must complete 11 core classes, for a total of 28 core credits, and three elective credits, for a total 31 credits to earn their graduate degree.
Core Curriculum (28 credits)
- MAcc 600: Orientation Workshop (0 credits) required in 1st semester
- MAcc 601: Advanced EXCEL (2 credits)
- MAcc 603: Financial Accounting for Income Taxes (3 credits)
- MAcc 611: Intro 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 credit)
- MAcc 662: Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting (3 credits)
- MAcc 663: Financial Accounting Theory & Practice (3 credits)
- MAcc 664: Professional Ethics (2 credits)
- MAcc 665: Audit Research & Practice (3 credits)
- MAcc 667: Corporate Governance (3 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
One unique elective option offered in the MAcc program is the Forensic Accounting Lab (MAcc 671). 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 (MAcc 670) elective course for a more traditional classroom experience.
Sustainability Accounting (MAcc 699) is a direct substitute for the Professional Writing Workshop (MAcc 661) or can be taken as an elective course in addition to MAcc 661. Sustainability accounting is an exciting and rapidly-evolving field, and the course provides an opportunity to learn about this new practice area for CPAs. Students will refine their writing skills while learning about the mission of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and its standards for corporate sustainability disclosure. The course is taught by Cathy DeHart, who was part of the first cohort globally to earn the SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential.
MAcc students may also take electives from the MSTax or MBA programs to meet their personal and professional goals. The MBA program offers Current Issues in Managerial Accounting (MBus 699) throughout the year.