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Master of Accountancy

The Master of Accountancy is a one year program that has been accredited separately by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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The College of Business Administration at K-State offers quality business education at an affordable price. The quality and breath of our alumni network, as well as the connections with our corporate partners will put you at an advantage in the job market ahead of graduation.  At the College of Business Administration we offer superior academics with individual attention, as well as small classes where interactions with professors and colleagues are encouraged.

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at K-State prepares students to succeed in business and accounting. Students learn to solve abstract, unstructured problems and how to continue learning throughout their career.

Program Requirements

All MAcc students are expected to make themselves aware of and conform to the academic policies of the Graduate School as described in the Graduate Handbook and the Graduate Catalog.   In addition to an overall 3.0 GPA required by the graduate school, MAcc students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in graduate accounting course.

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • ACCTG 731 - Advanced Financial Reporting (3 hours)
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation Credits (3 hours)

Accounting Electives (12 hours)

Students may select 12 credit hours from ACCTG labelled courses at the 800 level. Students are encouraged to consult with their Master of Accountancy advisor to design a set of accounting and other electives consistent with their planned career objective and specialization track. 

Other Electives (12 hours)

Students may select courses based on the following criteria:

  • Any accounting course at the 800 level not taken as an accounting elective.
  • Other business or non-business courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Culminating Experience

All students must complete one of the following four activities as an integrative/culminating experience as part of the Master of Accountancy program.  The experience must be completed after admission to the program, or after commencement of graduate coursework, whichever is earlier.

  • An approved study abroad experience of at least 7 days (for or not for credit)
  • An approved internship consisting of at least four weeks of full-time work (for or not for credit)
  • A course such as GENBA 890 Business Capstone involving a semester-long hands-on project.
  • A written comprehensive exam.

Consult with your Master of Accountancy advisor prior to commencing any integrative/culminating activity for pre-approval.

Concurrent B.S.B.A with Major in Accounting/Master of Accountancy

The concurrent BSBA in Accounting / Master of Accountancy in the Department of Accounting provides a unique opportunity for high-performing undergraduates. These students may be granted early admission to the graduate program as well as the ability to count nine credit hours of graduate level coursework toward their undergraduate unrestricted electives. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The following requirements must be met before an individual can be admitted into this program.

  • The student must be pursuing a B.S.B.A. degree majoring in accounting from the College of Business Administration
  • The student must have completed the following courses:
    • Accounting 331, Accounting, Processes and Controls
    • Accounting 641, Theory and History
    • One of the following – Accounting 342, Taxation, Accounting 432 Managerial Reporting, Accounting 433 Financial Reporting
  • The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in all accounting courses completed at Kansas State University and an overall GPA of 3.00 or above.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
The application process is the same as for the stand-alone MAcc degree (see page 5) except that completion of the B.S.B.A. degree is not required and the GMAT score requirement will be waived (as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework and 3.0 in accounting). Students may begin the application process in the semester in which they are completing the final course requirement for admission, but formal admission will not be granted until all admission requirements are completed. Typically, application is made in the second semester of the student’s Junior year, with acceptance following posting of final grades.

Admission to the MAcc program is provisional, subject to completion of the B.S.B.A. degree and maintaining a 3.0 GPA in the final 60 credit hours of coursework with a 3.0 in accounting.

Once admitted, the requirements for the graduate degree are the same as for the regular MAcc program. The B.S. and MAcc. degrees will be awarded concurrently upon completion of the MAcc requirements.

MAcc Courses

MAcc Accounting Courses Available:

ACCTG 731 – Advanced Financial Reporting

ACCTG 831 – Fraud and Forensics

ACCTG 832 – Advanced Auditing

ACCTG 833 – Corporate Taxation

ACCTG 834 – Partnership Taxation

ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting

ACCTG 842 – Advanced Topics in Taxation (Trusts & Sub-S Corps)

ACCTG 844 – Design of Accounting & Business Information Processes

ACCTG 845 – International Accounting

ACCTG 846 – International & Multijurisdictional Taxation

ACCTG 847 – Merger & Acquisition Taxation

ACCTG 852 – Accounting Research & Communication

ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis

ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics

ACCTG 857 - Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

ACCTG 895 – Accounting Internship

ACCTG 896 – Accounting International Experience

Spring Semester Internship Option:

Weeks 1-12 – Internship for credit

Weeks 13-16 – Mini Semester Courses 

Sample Sequencing of Courses

Concurrent Student (Spring Start):

Spring Senior Year* – Internship (3hours) Mini Semester (6 hours)

Summer – MAcc Courses (9 hours)

Fall – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Graduate with BSBA & MAcc in December

*First 9 credit hours in MAcc also count as unrestricted electives in BSBA for concurrent students.

Traditional 5th Year Student (Summer Start):

Summer – Internship (3 hours) or MAcc Courses (3-6 hours)

Fall – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Spring – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Fall/Spring International Experience (3 hours)

     Or Fall/Spring Intersession (3-6 hours)

Graduate with MAcc in May

Traditional 5th Year Student (Fall Start):

Summer – Work or travel

Fall – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Spring – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

     Or Internship (3 hours) plus Mini Semester (6 hours)

Fall/Spring International Experience (3 hours)

     Or Fall/Spring Intersession (3-6 hours)

     Or Summer MAcc Courses (3-6 hours)

Graduate with MAcc in May/August (walk in May)

Traditional 5th year Student (Spring Start):

Spring – Internship (3hours) Mini Semester (6 hours)

     Or MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Summer – MAcc Courses (9 hours)

Fall – MAcc Courses (12 hours)

Graduate with MAcc in December

Specialization Tracks

There are four specialization tracks available in the MAcc program:

Public Accounting - Assurance

Required (6 Hours):
ACCTG 731 – Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCTG 833 – Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours)*:
ACCTG 831 – Fraud & Forensics
ACCTG 832 – Advanced Auditing
ACCTG 844 – Design of Accounting & Business Information Processes
ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics

Other Electives (12 Hours):
Any other 800+ level accounting course,
Any other 600+ level business course or
Any other 600+ level non-business courses (with approval of the supervisory committee)

Recommended:
ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
ACCTG 845 – International Accounting
ACCTG 855 - Financial Statement Analysis
ACCTG 857 - Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities
MANGT 825 – Advanced Business Law

Culminating Experience (choose 1):
• Approved study abroad experience
• Approved internship
• A course such as GENBA 890 Business Capstone
• A written comprehensive exam

*One of the Accounting electives may be replaced by another 800 level Accounting course with permission of the students' supervisory committee.

Public Accounting - Taxation

Required (6 Hours):
ACCTG 731 – Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCTG 833 – Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours)*:
ACCTG 834 – Partnership Taxation
ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
ACCTG 842 – Advanced Topics in Taxation (Trusts & Sub-S Corps)
ACCTG 846 – International & Multijurisdictional Taxation

Other Electives (12 Hours):
Any other 800+ level accounting course,
Any other 600+ level business course or
Any other 600+ level non-business courses (with approval of the supervisory committee)

Recommended:
MANGT 825 – Advanced Business Law
ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
ACCTG 847 – Mergers & Acquisitions
ECON 633 – Public Finance

Culminating Experience (choose 1):
• Approved study abroad experience
• Approved internship
• A course such as GENBA 890 Business Capston
• A written comprehensive exam

*One of the Accounting electives may be replaced by another 800 level Accounting course with permission of the students' supervisory committee.

Controllership - Financial/Managerial

Required (6 Hours):
ACCTG 731 – Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCTG 833 – Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours)*:
ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
ACCTG 844 – Design of Accounting & Business Information Processes
ACCTG 845 – International Accounting
ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics

Other Electives (12 Hours):
Any other 800+ level accounting course,
Any other 600+ level business course or
Any other 600+ level non-business courses (with approval of supervisory committee)

Recommended for CMA:
FINAN 815 – Corporate Finance
FINAN 830 – Financial Market Theory
FINAN 653 – Security Folio Analysis
ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis

Culminating Experience (choose 1):
• Approved study abroad experience
• Approved internship
• A course such as GENBA 890 Business Capstone
• A written comprehensive exam

*One of the Accounting electives may be replaced by another 800 level Accounting course with permission of the students' supervisory committee.

Controllership - Taxation

Required (6 Hours):
ACCTG 731 – Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCTG 833 – Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours)*:
ACCTG 834 – Partnership Taxation
ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
ACCTG 846 – International & Multijurisdictional Taxation
ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics

Other Electives (12 Hours):
Any other 800+ level accounting course,
Any other 600+ level business course or
Any other 600+ level non-business courses (with approval of the supervisory committee)

Recommended for CMA:
ACCTG 842 – Advanced Topics in Taxation (Trusts & Sub-S Corps)
FINAN 815 – Corporate Finance
FINAN 830 – Financial Market Theory
FINAN 653 – Security Folio Analysis
Or ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis

Culminating Experience (choose 1):
• Approved study abroad experience
• Approved internship
• A course such as GENBA 890 Business Capstone
• A written comprehensive exam

*One of the Accounting electives may be replaced by another 800 level Accounting course with permission of the students' supervisory committee.

Who Should Apply?
Most students enter the MAcc program with an undergraduate degree in accounting. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting, you will be required to complete some courses in business foundation areas such as statistics and economics in addition to the basic accounting courses. The foundation courses you lack must be taken prior to enrollment in the MAcc program classes.

For application and additional information about the Master of Accountancy, contact:
Lynn Waugh, Graduate Programs 
2006 Business Building 
1301 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-7190 
lwaugh@k-state.edu

 

How to Apply

1- Completed graduate school application form

2- Pay non-refundable fee $70

3- Write a one-page statement of objectives

4- Submit three letters of recommendation

5- GMAT score, less than 5 years old (K-State code 6334)

6- TOEFL score, less than 2 years old (non-native English speakers only)

A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, with a score of 57 in each section, or 215 on the computer-based test, with a score of 25 in each section, is required.

7 -Completed affidavit of financial support (international students only)

8- One official transcript