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Accounting: MAcc

Specialization(s): Professional Accountancy; Taxation; Personal Financial Planning


The master of accounting in the Huntsman School of Accountancy is designed for students who have the desire to elevate their professional opportunities. Most students in this program aspire to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and join the ranks of the most trusted and recognized financial services profession in the world. The MAcc program builds upon the undergraduate accounting curriculum to provide students with the enhanced ability to research, analyze, and communicate on various accounting and taxation issues.

The MAcc curriculum is focused on preparing students to become CPAs. Most states, including Utah, require CPA examination candidates to complete a 150-hour program of accounting study in order to sit for the exam. The master of accounting at USU is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and meets the educational requirements for all National Association of State Boards of Accountancy-affiliated state boards of accounting.

Accounting graduate students have earned a national top-10 ranking. USU ranked eighth in the nation for students who pass the CPA exam on their first try, according to the NASBA. Only three schools have ever been in the top 10 for two consecutive years. For the past several years, approximately 90% of MAcc graduates had accepted employment offers by the time of their graduation

Additionally, a student accounting organization called Beta Alpha Psi has won the Superior Chapter Award for 32 consecutive years – the longest streak in the nation.


Students must choose a specialization.

  • Professional Accountancy: Students choose this specialization if they wish to pursue auditing in public accounting.
  • Taxation: In this specialization, students prepare for careers in public accounting but with a specialty in tax compliance.
  • Personal Financial Planning: Students in this specialization focus on financial advising, investments, and estate and retirement planning. They are qualified to take the exam to become personal financial planners.

Graduates who pass the CPA exam work in the following areas:

Professional Accountancy and Taxation Specializations

  • The Big Four accounting firms as auditors, tax consultants, and public accountants
  • Large regional accounting firms or local firms
  • Government agencies

Personal Financial Planning Specialization

  • Financial planners

Admissions Requirements

Applicants generally have undergraduate degrees in accounting or other business areas. The department will consider exceptions, but the student must fulfill the core requirements or equivalent of USU’s undergraduate accounting program.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on all sections of the GMAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester – July 1
  • Spring semester – October 1
  • Summer semester – March 1
  • March 1 is also the deadline for financial assistance

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MAcc by pursuing the following option:

  • The Plan C option does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.

Financial Assistance

The department offers 16-18 scholarships based on the admissions criteria for the MAcc program. There are also approximately 10 teaching assistantships and 5-6 research assistantships. These assistantships are part time, requiring 10 hours of work a week for the department. Students are provided with a salary of $1,600 and out-of-state students may receive a tuition award for the nonresident portion of tuition upon meeting the qualifications. These assistantships can be renewed for up to two semesters.

A variety of funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, and travel support.

Jeffery Doyle, PhD, University of Michigan
Associate Professor
Area: Financial accounting, capital markets
Office: BUS 512
Phone: (435) 797-2882

Rosemary Fullerton, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Cost accounting practices, accounting information systems
Office: BUS 514
Phone: (435) 797-2332

Vance Grange, PhD, University of Texas – Austin
Associate Professor
Area: Financial planning, tax
Office: BUS 505
Phone: (435) 797-2702

Richard Jenson, PhD, University of Utah
ATK Thiokol Professor
Area: Accounting systems, business analytics
Office: BUS 506
Phone: (435) 797-2335

I. Richard Johnson, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Area: Financial reporting, real estate issues
Office: BUS 516
Phone: (435) 797-2337

Jack Peterson, MBA, Utah State University
Senior Lecturer
Area: Financial accounting
Office: BUS 510
Phone: (435) 797-8352

Jay Price, BBA, University of Wisconsin
Arthur Andersen Executive Professor
Area: Financial, governmental, and business combinations
Office: BUS 520
Phone: (435) 797-2993

Franklin Shuman, MA, Utah State University
Principal Lecturer
Area: Financial, managerial, governmental, and business combinations
Office: BUS 502 B
Phone: (435) 797-2339

Dale Siler, JD, Golden Gate University
Area: Business law, tax
Office: BUS 515
Phone: (435) 797-2330

Chris Skousen, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Accounting
Office: BUS 504
Phone: (435) 797-2429

Clifford Skousen, PhD, Golden Gate University
Interim Department Head of Management
Area: International, managerial, and financial accounting
Office: BUS 508
Phone: (435) 797-2331

Nate Stephens, PhD, University of Arizona
EMAcc Program Director, Associate Professor, CPA
Area: Auditing, corporate governance and internal controls over financial reporting
Office: EBB 803
Phone: (435) 797-8016

Larry Walther, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Department Head
Area: Financial accounting, business combinations
Office: BUS 511
Phone: (435) 797-8697

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Financial Planning Association: This association is a pioneer in the emerging field of personal financial planning. USU's School of Accountancy has sponsored FPA to serve the needs of students interested in this growing and exciting discipline. This is the first student organization of its type at any university in the nation. FPA provides an educational opportunity to learn the intricacies and applications of complimentary professions.

Institute of Management Accountants: The IMA student chapter provides professional experiences in the area of management accounting. USU’s IMA chapter has been awarded the Gold Certificate of Excellence each year since 1995. This organization is primarily for students interested in careers outside public accounting, such as in industry, nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations, and business entrepreneurship.

Beta Alpha Psi: USU's Beta Alpha Psi chapter is one of the top chapters in the nation, having received the Superior Chapter award each year since its inception in 1977. Beta Alpha Psi’s primary focus is on preparing students for careers in public accounting.

Beta Gamma Sigma: BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition an AACSB business student can receive.

Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship: This Center prepares tomorrow’s leaders by providing both inside-the-classroom instruction and outside-the-classroom experiences in innovative business thinking, new venture competencies, and ethical leadership to strengthen local, national and global economies and societies. The curriculum and programs are designed to take students through the stages of new venture creation: opportunity assessment, business model development, planning, funding, marketing and growth. The Center helps students develop skills in both enterprise creation and social venturing, and emphasizes entrepreneurship as a leadership model for existing organizations. World-renowned faculty and successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries teach in formal and informal settings.

Partners In Business: Partners In Business is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business conferences featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting and leadership. Students are encouraged to attend and network with industry leaders, faculty and gain insight to improve business practices.

Small Enterprise Education and Development Program (SEED): SEED connects skilled and passionate students with the opportunity to empower individuals, families and communities through teaching enterprise creation and sustainability in developing regions of the world. SEED students make an impact in the world while having a transformative experience that distinguishes them from among their peers.

Beta Alpha Psi: BAP is a national accounting honors society. The Delta Omega Chapter at Utah State University has a renowned tradition of excellence with BAP; it holds the nation’s longest succession of winning the Superior Chapter Award at 32 consecutive years. BAP’s primary focus as an organization is on service and professional development.


Nate Stephens
EMAcc Program Director, Associate Professor, CPA
Office: EBB 803
Phone: (435) 797-8016

- School of Accountancy

- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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