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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Jeffery Doyle, PhD, University of Michigan
Area: Financial accounting, capital markets
Office: EBB 814
Phone: (435) 797-2882
Vance Grange, PhD, University of Texas – Austin
Area: Financial planning, tax
Office: EBB 805
Phone: (435) 797-2702
Bradley P. Lindsey, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Area: Corporate Tax avoidance and capital markets
Office: EBB 804
Phone: (435) 797-4126
Rachel Martin, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Area: Compensation and performance evaluation incentives
Office: EBB 818
Phone: (435) 797-5779
Franklin Shuman, MA, Utah State University
Area: Financial, managerial, governmental, and business combinations
Office: EBB 807
Phone: (435) 797-2339
Chad Simon, PhD, The University of Georgia
Area: Auditor’s judgment and decision making
Office: EBB 806
Phone: (435) 797-9055
Chris Skousen, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
Office: EBB 811
Phone: (435) 797-2429
Nate Stephens, PhD, University of Arizona
MAcc Program Director, Associate Professor, CPA
Area: Auditing, corporate governance and internal controls over financial reporting
Office: EBB 803
Phone: (435) 797-8016
Bonnie Villarreal, Master of Accountancy, Utah State University
Office: EBB 816
Phone: (435) 797-3958
Larry Walther, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Senior Associate Dean and Department Head
Area: Financial accounting, business combinations
Office: HH 483
Phone: (435) 797-8697
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP): BAP is an international accounting honors society with a primary focus on service and professional development for students.
Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.
Financial Planning Association (FPA): The Financial Planning Association is sponsored by USU’s School of Accountancy. Students are exposed to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni.
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA): The IMA student chapter provides professional experiences in the area of management accounting. We provide excellent resources for students interested in managerial accounting careers. Opportunities include: networking, internships, and scholarships.
USU Distributive Education Clubs of America Chapter (DECA): Collegiate DECA develops leaders and prepares them for clubs in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
Women in Business Association (WIBA): As a new organization on theUtah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills forthe business world.
Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.