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Develop expertise in advanced accounting topics. The W. P. Carey Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics (MACC) program fulfills course requirements for the CPA exam in Arizona, preparing you for a variety of careers in accounting. Prerequisite courses are required to be eligible for the MACC program.

Program overview

The nine-month MACC program is delivered by the W. P. Carey School of Accountancy, highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our cutting-edge curriculum is reviewed every year with input from accounting professionals and alumni. Esteemed faculty experts bring real-world experience into each class, giving your degree even more long-term value.

A smart choice for international students

Arizona State University ranks as the top public research institution in the U.S. and No. 4 overall for international students, according to the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. Our record of excellence and impact attracts motivated, diverse scholars from all over the world: More than 100 countries are represented in the W. P. Carey student body alone.

Curriculum

Building upon traditional accounting principles, this program prepares students to excel in a range of professional environments. Develop a solid foundation in the technologies and methodologies used to navigate today’s highly complex and data-centric audit and financial consulting environment. Hands-on experience is critical to that development. From applied elective courses and beyond, all MACC students are encouraged to pursue learning opportunities and experiences with relevance to their future goals.

And because of the quality of the MACC program, nearly 100 percent of our domestic graduates are employed 90 days after graduation. Now that's strength in numbers. So you'll gain the skills and knowledge you need to launch your accounting career, while opening the door to top hiring firms.

You can give your master’s in accounting and data analytics more impact by earning a concurrent degree with the ASU Master of Legal Studies. Discover the benefits of earning two degrees at once.

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Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be taken at an accredited institution. Audit or pass/fail courses are not acceptable. If you have questions regarding meeting the prerequisite requirements, please contact the admission and recruitment team or your admission advisor.

  • Uses of Accounting Info I/Intro to Financial Accounting (ACC 231/232)
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I/External Reporting I (ACC 340)
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II/External Reporting II (ACC 440)
  • Principles of Auditing (ACC 450)

The Pathway Program is for students with non-Accountancy undergraduate majors (including ASU's corporate accounting major) who are interested in obtaining a MACC or MTax degree. The Pathway Program provides students a "shortcut" to complete the prerequisite courses. The amount of time it takes for a student to complete the classes is dependent on the classes the student needs and the rate the student takes classes. If your Pathway application is approved, you would need to apply to ASU as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Please note, non-degree seeking is a part-time student status which does not qualify for financial aid or a student visa.

CPA test prep

Thanks to a W. P. Carey partnership with industry leader Surgent CPA Review, you can access a suite of CPA exam prep materials, even before your first class, and at no additional cost! That means you can prepare for and pass the CPA exam while still enrolled in the master’s program, making you a more competitive applicant for opportunities in the short term and providing you a great foundation for the rest of your career.

Faculty

Learn from dedicated, passionate teachers, practitioners and thought leaders. As world-renowned researchers and experts who consult companies around the globe, W. P. Carey faculty bring learning to life. W. P. Carey faculty members regularly contribute to and edit prestigious academic journals, and their expertise is sought by such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, CNN, and NPR.

View our directory to learn more about esteemed faculty members of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.