MACCDA curriculum

Develop expertise in advanced accounting topics. The W. P. Carey Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics (MACCDA) 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 MACCDA program.

The nine-month MACCDA program is delivered by the W. P. Carey School of Accountancy, highly ranked by The Public Accounting 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.

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 MACCDA students are encouraged to pursue learning opportunities and experiences with relevance to their future goals.

The W. P. Carey School has also launched a partnership with Surgent CPA Review, providing CPA prep courses available free of charge to all MACCDA students, meaning you can prepare for and take the CPA exam while in school. You’ll also receive additional preparation with three Professional Responsibilities courses throughout the program.

And because of the quality of the MACCDA 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.

Course descriptions

Apply FASB and IASB regulatory guidance to solve complex financial reporting issues. Improve your analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills through cases, class participation, and presentations, and learn how to use FASB Codification and eIFRS and how to write detailed and concise research memos.

Examine analytics in the accounting function. Calculate, interpret, and apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics in a variety of case settings focusing on auditing, risk management, forensics, and strategic planning decisions and events.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.

Addresses the emerging roles of accounting analytics in accounting, auditing and tax contexts. Technological advances have allowed the capture and economic storage of massive accounting and business data and the focus of this class is how to productively gather and apply big data to a variety of accounting, auditing and tax-related contexts. Focuses on understanding the data within major accounting information systems and generating meaningful audit and/or tax analytics from the data. Critical to this is a deep understanding of accounting flows, processes and controls in order to understand and build meaningful audit-centric and/or tax-centric analytics.

Learn internal control frameworks and U.S. GAAS for financial statement audits and audits of internal controls. Define fraud: What it is and how it is committed, detected, and resolved.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.

Build on undergraduate auditing concepts and master in-depth aspects of auditing, as well as emerging issues influencing the process and profession. Case studies will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills as they relate to auditing.

Focuses on understanding the role of technology-related innovations on audits and auditing performance. Looks at both capturing data from recent innovations in technologies for audit applications (e.g., IoT) as well as examining the roles of these recent technology innovations for audit performance (e.g., cognitive computing).

Analyze financial statements and performance using financial ratio analysis and basic valuation techniques. Learn how changing valuation assumptions influences value estimates and practice methods of communicating your findings.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.