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A MAcc Program for Today's Accountant

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The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program offered by the Graduate School of Business at Gardner-Webb University is structured to prepare today's accountant for the significant changes that are impacting the accounting profession. The MAcc is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness in upper-level accounting and financial positions in public accounting, private industry, or government.


The flexibility of the Master of Accountancy degree provides for the creation of several career-specific degree tracks. Among the degree tracks available are general, tax, and forensic accounting. While some tracks are accomplished primarily through selected course work, other tracks require a selection of complementary graduate business (non-accounting) courses. Graduates of the MAcc program should meet the new North Carolina requirements for professional licensure. Courses are offered in the evenings and online to accommodate working professionals.


Why do you need a MAcc degree?

  • To prepare you for careers in accounting with advanced training in specific areas built on a broad understanding of accounting and business while introducing you to the newest ideas of today's ever changing global environment.
  • To provide you with the skills in analytical problem solving, oral, written communication, and interpersonal relations.
  • To increase the salary you receive in your current job and magnify your future earning potential. Graduate education leads to higher starting salaries, with master's degree holders generally receiving a 10 to 20 percent premium over individuals with just a bachelor's degree.
  • To create avenues of advancement within your current organizational structure.
  • To be more marketable to future employers of your choosing.
  • To help you meet the professional accounting organization's new 150-hour requirement as a standard for entry into the accounting profession.
  • To provide you the opportunity of achieving a higher first-time pass rate on the Uniform CPA Examination.
  • To provide greater job security during a time when the words "downsizing" and "alternative employment opportunities" are spoken with frightening frequency.



Today’s global business environment is dynamic. There are significant challenges facing accountants. Today’s accountant is expected to know more and do more than ever before. It is not enough to know accounting rules and regulations. To be successful in providing value to employers and clients alike, today’s accountant must demonstrate a combination of technical competence, oral and written communication skills, analytical problem-solving skills, technology skills, and people skills. The intensive, applied nature of this MAcc Program provides training in accounting through the use of practical techniques that can readily be utilized by the students in their existing positions. The program will also provide students with an educational experience to meet the North Carolina State Board of Public Accountancy’s new 150-hour requirement to obtain the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination.



  • To prepare students with advanced knowledge in accounting and analytical skills to acquire upper level positions in public accounting, industry, or government, and to enhance potential for success in completing certifying examinations, i.e., Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and others.
  • Provide practical techniques to analyze alternative solutions to business problems involving economic, social, legal, political, global, and ethical factors.
  • Develop practical skills for meeting the challenges of changing technology and managerial innovations.


The Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate studies: 15 hours in the required core, nine accounting elective hours, and six graduate business elective hours.  A student may take the nine accounting emphasis hours by selecting an emphasis from among tax, general, or forensic accounting, or a combination of all three areas.


Required Core Courses (15 hours)


ACCT 600: Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 601: Federal Income Tax (3 hrs.)

ACCT 611: Advanced Auditing (3 hrs.)

ACCT 612: Accounting Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)

ACCT 621: Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting (3 hrs.)

Accounting Emphasis Electives (9 hours)

Forensic Emphasis:

ACCT 630: Fraud Examination  (3 hrs.)

ACCT 632: Internal Auditing (3 hrs.)

ACCT 634: Forensic Accounting and the Legal Environment

(3 hrs.)

ACCT 636: Forensic Accounting, Tax Investigation, and Fraud 

(3 hrs.)   

ACCT 638: Ethics of Accounting, Judgment and Decision Making 

(3 hrs.)

Tax Emphasis:

ACCT 602: Advanced Federal Income Tax (3 hrs.)

ACCT 603: Partnership and S Corporation Taxation (3 hrs.)

ACCT 604: Estate, Gifts, and Trust Planning (3 hrs.)

ACCT 606: Tax Research/Planning (3 hrs.)

ACCT 607: State and Local Taxation (3 hrs.)

ACCT 619: Cases in Taxation (3 hrs.)


General Emphasis:

ACCT 600: Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 620: Cases in Financial/Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 610: Advanced Accounting Information Systems (3 hrs.)

ACCT 625: Topics in Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT605 or BADM644: Accounting Legal Issues and Ethics (3 hrs.)

ACCT 622 or INTL 622: Seminar in International Accounting (3 hrs.)


Note: Students can choose the nine emphasis hours from tax, general, forensic or a combination of all three areas.


Business Electives (6 hours)


The elective courses are chosen from the large number of Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) courses. These courses allow the student to address functional weaknesses or pursue additional specialization. For example, a student could take a group of courses related to healthcare management or banking and finance or international business. Students without a bachelor’s degree in accounting are encouraged to take more accounting electives in place of the business electives.


MAcc Degree Requirements

  • Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies.
  • Satisfactory completion of 30 graduate hours: 15 core graduate hours (five courses), nine accounting emphasis elective graduate hours (three courses), and six business elective graduate hours (two courses) within six calendar years.
  • Submission of graduation application by the dates published by the Office of the Registrar.
  • It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.


For more details on the program, please download the Information Sheet.


Dr. Felice Policastro

Phone: (704) 406-3997





Academic Office

Graduate School of Business

PO Box 7303

Boiling Springs NC 28017



Toll Free: (877) 498-4723

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Fax: (704) 406- 2261


Dr. Felice Policastro




Director of Admissions

Graduate School of Business

Gardner-Webb University

Campus Box 7308

Boiling Springs, NC 28017



Toll Free: (877) 498-4723

Local: (704) 406-4489

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