The Ross Master of Accounting Program delivers the tools and cross-functional expertise you need to multiply your career options.

We do this by integrating our eight month MAcc Program with Michigan Ross’ top-tier MBA Program. As a result, you get a dynamic, broad-based education that prepares you to be a leader in your field. Ross MAcc students are recruited by more than just accounting firms; they pursue careers worldwide in industries like investment banking, consulting and non-profit enterprise.

By tailoring elective courses, MAcc graduates are also well positioned for success in the CPA exam. In fact, our students have one of the highest CPA exam passing rates in the nation. While this is an impressive statistic, our goals transcend such immediate milestones. We seek to maximize each student’s long-term potential by providing a balanced education rich in core fundamentals, cultural perspective, and technological relevance. Emphasis on communication and teamwork is stressed throughout the program, particularly through participation in Sanger Leadership Center seminars and the EY Public Policy Symposium, conducted in Washington, D.C.

Core Curriculum
The MAcc core includes a balanced mix of accounting and financial reporting coursework. All courses are fully integrated with the Ross School’s MBA Program and are taught by MBA faculty.

ACC 555: Corporate Financial Research and Reporting

ACC 561: Federal Taxation*

ACC 565: Financial Instruments and Structured Finance

ACC 601: Information Systems Design*

ACC 625: Advanced Financial Accounting

ACC 630: Auditing & Assurance

ACC 695: EY Accounting and Public Policy Symposium

*These courses may be waived by students who completed them in their undergraduate program, earning a grade of A or B. If one core course waiver is granted, the course hours must be replaced with an additional core elective. If an additional course waiver is granted, the hours must be replaced with elective study.

MAcc elective choices are virtually unlimited. Students have access to MBA electives as well as select courses in public policy, law, foreign language, and other disciplines.

Ross students may count up to six non-Ross credit hours toward their degree. Some of the most popular MAcc electives are included below, as well as a link to non-Ross elective options.

BCOM 522: Managerial Writing Fundamentals

BCOM 524: Persuasive Management Communication

BCOM 561: Management Presentations

BE 523: Comprehensive Health Care Strategies

BL 508: Securities Law

BL 509: Intellectual Property Law

BL 510: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

BL 512: Intro to Business Law

BL 513: Law of Marketing

BL 514: Employment Law for Managers

BL 517: Law of Business Organizations

BL 536: Ethics of Corporate Management

FIN 551: Financial Management and Policy

FIN 580: Financial Derivatives in Corporate Finance: Managing Risk and Creating Value

FIN 609: Fixed Income Securities and Markets

FIN 612: International Financial Management

FIN 615: Valuation

FIN 621: Corporate Financial Policy

FIN 624: Private Equity Finance

FIN 640: Financial Trading

FIN 647: Corporate Financial Strategy

MO 503: Leading People and Organizations

MO 512: Bargaining and Influencing Skills

MO 603: Navigating Change: Skills and Strategies for Consultants and Managers

MO 615: Managing Professional Relationships

MO 617: Developing and Managing High Performing Teams

MO 620: Leading with Values

MO 637: Social Intrapreneurship: leading Social Innovation in Organizations

MO 672: Leading Non-Profit Organizations

STRATEGY 503: Competing in the Global Business Environment

TO 512: Decision Support with Spreadsheets

TO 513: Spreadsheet Modeling and Applications

Non-Business Course Opportunities for MAccs

Leadership Development
Michigan Ross is synonymous with developing leaders who make a positive difference in the world.

MAcc students work with the Sanger Leadership Center, a center of excellence for leadership development. They also participate in action-based learning and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as an executive board member of the MAcc Student Association.

Sanger Leadership Center

Ross is ranked number one in the world for leadership development, due in large part to the Sanger Leadership Center. MAcc students participate in two Sanger Leadership Center seminars that foster understanding of leadership, ethics, teamwork and how to make a positive difference in today’s complex and dynamic world. These seminars will challenge you to consider your personal leadership style and contemplate the legacy you leave in this world.

Action-Based Learning

A distinguishing feature of the Ross MAcc is the EY Accounting and Public Policy Symposium, offered in Washington, DC at the start of the program in August. The symposium is a required core course that delivers an understanding of the public policy process of business and accounting through visits from top-level speakers and trips to relevant sites around the nation’s capital. No other MAcc program takes you outside the classroom and into the business world in such a transformational way.

MAcc Student Association

The MAcc Student Association is chaired by an elected board of MAcc students who serve to nurture academic achievement, encourage career building opportunities, provide a social outlet for students and make a difference through philanthropy. The board is elected at MAcc Orientation each year and also has a representative on the Graduate Day Council. The MAcc Student Association is a wonderful leadership opportunity and a great way to get to know fellow students.

Data Analytics
These courses prepare students for real-world accounting environments, where data is used to make tough business, strategic, and tactical decisions.

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