Press Release

Michigan Ross Master of Accounting Program Receives STEM Designation

By Bridget Vis

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has announced that its top-ranked Master of Accounting Program is now STEM-designated.

This new designation signals Michigan Ross’ commitment to meeting the accounting industry ever-evolving needs. 

With this status, eligible Michigan Ross MAcc students holding a student visa may apply to extend their 12 months of optional practical training for an additional 24 months post-graduation, helping international students gain additional real-world skills and experience in the United States.  

Prior to earning a STEM designation, Michigan Ross added courses available to MAcc students in big data and data analysis as the demand for accountants with data processing and analysis skills continues to grow. These courses, which include  Advanced Big Data Analytics, A Brief Introduction to Computing Technologies: Crypto, AI, Quantum, and Applied Business Forecasting, further enhance the program’s comprehensive accounting curriculum.

“We are very excited to have the Michigan Ross MAcc Program receive the STEM designation,” said Kaci Kegler, managing director of One-Year Master’s Programs at Michigan Ross. “Not only does this designation help us meet the industry’s increasing demands for accountants with a keen understanding of data analysis and management, it also offers our international students additional time to gain professional experience and secure work sponsorship in the U.S.”

The MAcc program’s STEM designation will help Michigan Ross to continue attracting highly qualified students into the eight-month intensive degree program and preparing them for successful careers. Since 2012, the program has had 17 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners, which are given by the American Institute of CPAs to top scorers on the CPA Exam, and 98% of MAcc students received a job offer within six months of graduation in 2021. 

The Ross MAcc program is now the third of its one-year master’s program to earn a STEM designation, joining the school’s Master of Supply-Chain Management and new Master of Business Analytics Program. Ross announced the launch of the Master of Business Analytics program last year, recognizing the growing need to prepare students for future leadership roles that require the ability to transform complex data into high-impact business insights and solutions. In addition, the Ross Full-Time MBA Program launched a STEM-designated track in 2020, and broadened that offering - the Specialization in Management Science - to make the path more accessible for its students last year.

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to build a better world through business. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Michigan Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the Bachelor of Business Administration, Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA (Online and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Analytics, Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management. For more information, visit MichiganRoss.umich.edu.