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Online Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Prepare yourself to become a top accounting professional fully online

York College of Pennsylvania’s online Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program allows you to complete your accounting education and advance your career according to your goals.

Designed for post-baccalaureate students with accounting backgrounds, the online master’s in accounting degree program prepares both working professionals and students new to the field for their next step. Our small class sizes and personalized interaction means you’ll get the attention and experience you need, from day one.

In our compact, 30-credit-hour online Master of Accounting program, qualifying students will develop exceptional analytical skills and build familiarity with taxation, auditing, and professional research. Upon graduation, having met the 150 credit hour academic requirement of most states, graduates are prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

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About the Master’s in Accounting Program

  • Key Courses

    Online Master of Accounting Requirements and Curriculum

    The online Master of Accounting degree program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of accounting principles, practices, and theories. The program consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed online through synchronous Zoom classes.

    Students begin by strengthening their technical accounting knowledge and developing professional accounting and research skills through 24 core courses. The remaining six credits are earned by completing two elective courses of the student's choice, providing flexibility to either enhance their current specialization or explore new areas.

    Online Accounting Courses

    Students take a number of core courses and select electives to complete their credit requirements. In each course, MAcc students learn skills that can enhance their work in any sector or open new opportunities, such as financial reporting, financial accounting, and financial management.

    • ACC 515: Accounting Theory
    • ACC 538: Controllership Issues
    • ACC 552: Accounting Information Systems
    • ACC 562: Financial Statement Analysis
    • ACC 565: Fraud and Forensics

    Program Admissions and Tuition

    To apply for admission to the online MAcc degree program, requirements include official undergraduate transcripts, documentation of any previous graduate coursework or professional certifications, and a completed Graduate Studies online application.

    Other components requested may include letters of recommendation and interviews. Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than accounting will be required to complete background coursework prior to beginning MAcc classes.

    Review complete graduate business program admissions procedures and review graduate business tuition and fees.

    Earn a Master of Accounting Online at York College of Pennsylvania

    York College of Pennsylvania’s online Master of Accounting degree program is an excellent opportunity for current and future accounting professionals looking to advance their careers. With a comprehensive, accessible curriculum and a career-oriented approach, our online MAcc program can offer a rewarding educational experience and a bright future.

    Request more information or apply online today.

  • Career Opportunities & Benefits

    Prepare to Pursue CPA Licensure

    Enrolling in a master’s program is a smart way to meet the 150-credit-hour CPA exam requirement while simultaneously building expertise in all areas of accounting, auditing, and taxation.

    Through online coursework and opportunities to develop practical skills in real-world situations, graduates of the online MAcc degree program are well-prepared experientially and intellectually for the national CPA exam and to pursue this distinguished license.

    Graduates of the program are able to complete necessary accounting tasks for settings ranging from private businesses to government offices and agencies, whether or not they pursue CPA licensure.

    Accounting and Auditing Salary and Career Prospects

    Whether you have the goal of furthering your career down the road or you want to immediately apply what you have learned to your current position, earning a Master of Accounting degree at York College of Pennsylvania opens opportunities for higher starting salaries and career advancement.

    If you are interested in pursuing more advanced roles in the financial health of businesses, individuals, and organizations, holding a master’s degree may set you apart. Accounting is a field that offers job security and opportunities to advance to more intermediate and senior roles.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors are projected to see a 6% increase in employment from 2021-2031. York’s online coursework provides an ideal level of flexibility for students beginning or continuing their pathway to roles including:

    Tailored coursework exposes students to corporate accounting and advanced auditing and managerial accounting. These topics prepare graduates to leverage their skills and work experience to find roles as certified accountants and to achieve advancement throughout their careers.

  • Internships & Work Experience

    Graduate Accounting Internship

    Students may participate in a graduate accounting internship, offered through ACC 590. Under the guidance of faculty supervisors, students complete a planned and supervised work experience with selected cooperating firms. An excellent opportunity to gain experience in the accounting industry, the internship requires students to submit written deliverables, meet periodically with their supervisor, and participate in an evaluation. Students earn three course credits for completing a minimum of 120 hours of work.

  • Mentorship & Community

    Learn from Expert Faculty

    Graduate Accounting program faculty bring decades of professional and academic experience to the online classroom. From global financial markets to accounting for businesses of all sizes and sectors, our professors are respected and prolific professionals in their fields.

    Discover Community Partnerships

    Similar to our internship relationships with local entities, York College of Pennsylvania has partnered with a variety of community organizations and businesses to offer discounted graduate-level education opportunities to their employees.

    If you are interested in furthering your education and gaining valuable skills as you continue to work for your employer, please view our list of participating tuition discount partners or consult with your Human Resources department to determine if your organization is eligible for a discount.

  • High-Demand Skills

    Learn Skills for Advanced Corporate or Finance Careers

    Graduates of the online Master of Accounting degree program are well-prepared to prepare and analyze financial statements and situations in various complex business environments. Students gain:

    • Ability to plan and research federal taxes, including compliance and tax optimization strategies
    • Decision-making skills based on knowledge of advanced managerial accounting techniques
    • Expertise in fraud prevention, detection, and investigation techniques
    • Knowledge of accounting for complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions
    • Ability to conduct auditing procedures, including risk assessment and assurance
    • Analytical skills to apply financial statement analysis to evaluate company performance
    • Exposure to graduate business concepts like strategy, leadership, and operations

    Certificates and Professional Enhancements

    York’s robust academic opportunities open new doors to specialized credentials and experiences. In addition to the Master of Accounting degree program, professional certificate programs in business areas can help students explore interests and talents.

    Contact Graduate and Professional Studies program directors to inquire about a program, transfer credit, and more.

  • Accreditation & Professional Recognition

    Accreditation & Professional Recognition

    ACBSP Accredited School The Master of Accounting program is accredited by ACBSP.

    This accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us
Graduate Studies
Nicole Cornell Sadowski, Ph.D., Program Director
Willman Business Center, Room 205
Phone: 717.815.1952