A Master of Accountancy

Transforming Data Into Action

The Master of Accountancy program provides rigorous training in accounting fundamentals with specialties in business valuation, assurance, taxation or AIS and Data Analytics.

Whether your background is in business or liberal arts, customized degree plans ensure you have the knowledge, experience and accounting skills sought by top employers. Nearly 100 percent of our domestic MAcc graduates accept positions within three months of graduation; many at top accounting firms, such as PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and Grant Thornton.


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The GMAT/GRE is waived for Master of Accountancy applicants who meet one of the three conditions:

  1. Hold a relevant graduate degree from a regionally-accredited school.
  2. Have passed all four parts of the CPA exam.
  3. Hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting (or business with a major in accounting) from an AACSB-accredited university and a GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate accounting coursework.

Join students who come to Daniels from across the U.S. and around the world for a rigorous business education.

Admissions Information

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Connect with an admissions manager, program director or graduate student ambassador to learn more about the Accountancy program. You can also attend an admissions event or contact Graduate Admissions & Academic Services at daniels@du.edu or +1 303.871.3416.

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions and Academic Services
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John J. Gilbert Professor, Director, School of Accountancy
Endowed Chair, School of Accountancy
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Program at a Glance

Program Start Dates
Daniels operates on a quarter system, meaning that we have three main terms (Fall, Winter and Spring) that each span 10 weeks, as well as an optional summer term, which is nine weeks long. The MAcc program has two entry terms per year:

  • Fall quarter begins in mid-September
  • Spring quarter begins in mid-to-late March
Program Curriculum
The MAcc program ranges between a minimum 10 classes and a maximum 17 classes for those who need to complete prerequisite coursework. This includes:

  • Four core accounting classes
  • Six program electives
  • Seven potential prerequisite courses
Program Specializations
MAcc students may use their six elective courses to target a specific aspect of the accounting industry through assurance, valuation, taxation or accounting information systems and data analytics. Students may also specially design a concentration with guidance from School of Accountancy faculty advisors.
CPA Qualification
The majority of MAcc students pursue the program in order to meet CPA exam requirements, though this certainly is not the only option. Students wishing to pursue CPA designation in any state should be familiar with their previous accomplishments towards such requirements. For more information on states’ requirements, please visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) exam website.
Part-time vs. Full-time Enrollment
At the graduate level, students enrolled in eight or more credits (usually two classes) are considered full-time. MAcc students may oscillate between full- and part-time status as it aligns with their schedules.
Program Timeframe
The MAcc program is not a lock-step program, meaning students may complete the degree at their own pace. The length of time required to obtain the degree depends upon whether or not students will need to complete prerequisites within the program. Without Prerequisites: Students may complete the program’s 10 classes in as little as nine months or in as much as two-and-a-half years, depending upon individual pace. With Prerequisites: Students needing to complete all 17 classes may complete the program in as little as a year-and-a-half or in as much as four-and-a-quarter years.
Class Times
Classes are usually offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday in two-hour increments throughout the day. The School of Accountancy also schedules classes to accommodate working professionals who need to complete the program through evening coursework.

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Courses & Electives

Degree Plan

The degree plan includes courses in core accounting skills, business ethics and values-based leadership and six credits of electives that allow you to dig deeper into specific areas of practice.

MAcc Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

Accounting Prerequisites


Students entering the MAcc program must demonstrate competency in introductory and intermediate financial accounting, introductory managerial accounting, business statistics and managerial finance.

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting may demonstrate competency by having earned a B- or better in these topics at an AACSB-accredited school or by passing an on-campus exam.

Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees must demonstrate competency by passing an on-campus exam.

Entering students must have also earned a B- or better in a business, accounting or technical communications course.

Many students are admitted to the program before the prerequisite requirements are met and take the appropriate courses as part of their MAcc program.

Specialty tracks help advisors and students develop a degree plan specifically targeted to an area of interest. Tracks are not lockstep, but assist in course selection and general program direction.

Dual Degrees—the options are endless

Select any combination of our graduate degree programs to customize your degree and put your career goals on the fast track. Explore the options with your graduate admissions counselor to pick the Dual Degree that is best for you.

Experiential Learning

Get out of the classroom and into the field interacting with business leaders, solving actual business problems and using your business skills when the stakes are real. You’ll emerge sharp, field tested and ready to lead—adaptable to new situations and well-versed in both big-picture strategic thinking and cross-functional intricacies.

At Daniels, our deep connections around the world create ample opportunities for you to meet and learn from the top professionals in your industry of interest.

  • Global Opportunities (GO) ProgramStudents travel abroad to tackle a real-world project for a partner organization. Many projects focus on sustainable development issues; how to balance profit and growth with social, cultural and environmental implications. Fulfills the Enterprise Solutions requirement.
  • Voices of ExperienceDynamic presentations and discussions from executive business leaders on the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
  • Executive and Alumni Mentoring: Gain insight from an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.
Case competitions provide you with a chance to showcase your critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills—experiencing firsthand the challenges of the business world.

  • Race & CaseDaniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition: Daniels is proud to host one of the country’s few business case competitions focused on diversity. Students tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business is a challenge to develop research and analysis tactics to help Comcast Colorado.
  • Association for Corporate Growth Case Competition: A regional business school case competition. The ACG Cup is a case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.
  • Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition: More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackle a new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, requiring innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. You will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision making—not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.
At Daniels, we are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusive excellence for all of our students.

  • Our Master of Accountancy program has the second highest number of international alumni working at KPMG in China out of all U.S. schools.
  • Our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department work closely with our graduate students to help make the most of their OPT and CPT time.
  • We offer flexibility in our Master of Accountancy program that can enable you to maximize your stay in the U.S.
  • This program has quarterly networking events with international alumni and current international students to discuss important topics such as the process of assimilation and learning about American culture in the workplace.

Points of Pride for the Daniels School of Accountancy

  • Recruiters’ choice
    We’re a preferred hiring school for international, national and local accounting firms.
  • High CPA scores
    Our MAcc students’ overall pass rate on all four parts of the CPA exam is over 35 percent higher than the national average.
  • Customized curriculum
    Our flexible degree plan allows you to maximize your time at DU. If you have a non-business bachelor’s degree, preparatory coursework is worked into your curriculum to provide you with the fundamentals needed to succeed.
  • State-of-the-art technology
    Our courses on sophisticated enterprise software and databases ensure you have the technological literacy demanded by today’s marketplace.
  • Engaged faculty
    With a faculty/student ratio of 1:15, professors become mentors.
  • Long history
    We were the third School of Accountancy established in the United States with origins dating back to 1908.
  • Accreditation
    We are one of 180 accounting schools in the world that are AACSB-accredited.