ASU Sync classes for Fall 2020

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Accounting redefined.

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The MACC is among a select group of accounting master's that offers a data and analytics track in partnership with KPMG.

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MACC curriculum

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

The nine-month MACC 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.

The W. P. Carey School has also launched a partnership with Surgent CPA Review, providing CPA prep courses available free of charge to all MACC students, meaning you can prepare for and take the CPA exam while in school.

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.

Optional internship track

Consider enrolling in our internship track and showcase the skills you've acquired in the program with a potential future employer while earning some real-world experience in the field or function you're looking to pursue. Selection of this track will extend graduation to August and requires you to secure an internship and enroll in a required 1-credit internship class for the summer following completion of all other program coursework.

Course descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn advanced financial accounting topics, including consolidation (acquisition) accounting with outside ownership, intercompany transactions, and variable interest entities; derivative and hedge accounting of foreign currencies; equity-based compensation accounting; and foreign currency translation for financial reporting purposes.

Focus on litigation support to apply the forensic process to real-world cases, and utilize best practices in planning, preparing, gathering, and preserving information; discovery; reporting; ethics; and testifying as a legal expert.

Build awareness and critical thinking skills around corporate governance structures, their strengths, weaknesses, and differing ethical norms. Through case studies and relevant articles, you will learn how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics are changing traditional annual reports and the profession.

Explore how managerial controls drive organizational performance. Case studies develop your critical thinking skills and knowledge of how organizations work in practice. Topics include responsibility accounting, risk management, performance measurement, and incentives.

Address how taxes affect management decisions, strategic choices, asset prices, and financial and operational structures. Evaluate tax planning opportunities in U.S. and multinational settings and tax disclosures in financial statements.

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.