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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).

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 with a greater breadth and depth of accounting knowledge than is possible in the baccalaureate or Master of Business Administration program in preparation for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and public practice.

Program Requirements

  • 3.0 Overall and Accounting GPA

  • 1150 Index (200 X GPA + GMAT)*

    • *GMAT waived with 3.0 or higher overall and accounting
    • *GPA from an AACSB accredited institution
  • International students whose native language is not English must also meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the graduate school by achieving a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:

TestMinimum Score
IBT TOEFL (internet based)79
TOEFL (PBT)550
IELTS6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE)58

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 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.

Specialization Tracks

There are seven specialization tracks, each requiring 30 total credit hours, in the MAcc program:

Controllership - Financial/Managerial

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):
Students must take ACCTG 856 and select 9 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Controllership Financial/Managerial track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTG 844 – Design of Accounting & Business Information Processes
  • ACCTG 845 – International Accounting
  • ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
  • ACCTG 857 – Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

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 courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Integrative/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.

Controllership - Taxation

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):
Students must take ACCTG 856 and select 9 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Controllership Taxation track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • ACCTG 834 – Partnership Taxation
  • ACCTG 846 – International & Multijurisdictional Taxation
  • ACCTG 835 – Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
  • ACCTG 857 – Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

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 courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Integrative/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.

Public Accounting - Assurance Services

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):

Students must take ACCTG 856 and select 9 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Public Assurance track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • ACCTG 831 – Fraud & Forensics
  • ACCTG 844 – Design of Accounting & Business Information Processes
  • ACCTG 832 – Advanced Auditing
  • ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
  • ACCTG 857 – Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

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 courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Integrative/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.

Public Accounting - Taxation

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):

Students must take ACCTG 856 and select 9 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Public Assurance track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • ACCTG 842 – Advanced Topics in Taxation (Trusts & Sub-S Corps)
  • ACCTG 846 – International & Multijurisdictional Taxation
  • ACCTG 834 – Partnership Taxation
  • ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
  • ACCTG 857 – Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

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 courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Integrative/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.

Applied Data Analytics

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Data Analytics Electives (12 Hours):

Students must take ACCTG 856 and select 9 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Applied Data Analytics track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • MKTG 880 – Applied Marketing Analytics
  • MKTG 881 – Advanced Marketing Analytics
  • MIS 665 – Business Analytics and Data Mining
  • MIS 670 – Social Media Analytics and Web Mining

Accounting Electives (9 Hours):

  • Any accounting course at the 800 level

Other Electives (3 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 courses at the 600 level or above approved by the student's supervisory committee.

Integrative/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.

Financial Analyst

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):

Students select 9 credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Financial Analyst track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 831 – Fraud & Forensics
  • ACCTG 845 – International Accounting
  • ACCTG 852 – Accounting Research & Communication
  • ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation

Required Finance Courses (12 Hours):

  • FINAN 623 – Financial Modeling
  • FINAN 653 – Security and Portfolio Analysis
  • FINAN 655 – Advanced Portfolio Management
  • FINAN 663 – Mergers and Acquisitions

Integrative/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.

Dual Degree in Economics and Master of Accountancy

Required (6 Hours):
  • ACCTG 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 833 - Corporate Taxation

Accounting Electives (12 Hours):

Students must take ACCTG 856 and ACCTG 852 and select 6 additional credit hours that correspond to those suggested for the specialization track the student has chosen or approved by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program. The courses for the Dual Bachelor of Economics and MAcc track are listed below:

  • ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics
  • ACCTG 852 – Accounting Research and Communication
  • Choose 6 hours of additional accounting electives (600 or above)

Economics Electives (12 Hours):

  • ECON 633 or 684 (Econ/Finance Course)      
  • ECON 640 (Industrial Organization – Op. research)
  • Choose 6 hours of additional economics electives (600 or above)

Integrative/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.

Sample Course Sequence

MAcc Courses

MAcc Accounting Courses Available:

ACCTG 811 – 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 852 – Accounting Research & Communication

ACCTG 855 – Financial Statement Analysis & Business Valuation

ACCTG 856 – Accounting Analytics

ACCTG 857 – Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities

ACCTG 895 – Accounting Internship

ACCTG 896 – Accounting International Experience

Who Should Apply?

The MAcc curriculum is a 30-credit-hour program of study offered through the Accounting graduate program designed to be completed in two regular semesters and a summer term or in three semesters for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting. Students without prior or complete business and accounting training must acquire basic competency in the following business core foundation areas: accounting, statistics, management information systems, economics, finance, marketing, and management. These competencies may be acquired through specified business core foundation course work. The specific number of business core foundation courses required depends on the applicant’s prior academic work. The basic competency course work may be taken after admission to the MAcc program, but certain business core foundation courses must be completed prior to taking MAcc courses that are in the same subject or that otherwise require a knowledge of the business core foundation material.

Application Deadlines:

  • January 1 - International Students outside of U.S.
  • February 1 - Students seeking scholarships or assistantships 
  • June 1 - Regular Fall Admission
  • November 1 - Regular Spring Admission
  • April 1 - Regular Summer Admission
For application and additional information, contact:


Terry Mason, Koch Industries MAcc Director
Associate Professor of Accounting
2147 Business Building 
785-532-3390
twmason@ksu.edu

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For additional information about the K-State MAcc program, please contact:

Terry Mason

Koch Industries MAcc Director
Associate Professor of Accounting
785-532-3390
twmason@ksu.edu