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M.Acc. in Accounting

Alumni, Garrett Hughes

Estimated Completion

30 credit hours (18+ months)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (120 credit hours)


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The M.Acc. in Accounting is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the public, private, or governmental sector. As part of this objective the program is designed to provide the educational background to become a Certified Public Accountant or to attain other professional certifications.

Educational objectives of the program include:

  • To prepare students as professional accountants in public practice or in business.
  • To develop each student's intermediate proficiency in all technical competence areas of accounting generalists and to develop advanced proficiency in all technical competence areas of accounting generalists and to develop advanced proficiency in financial accounting & reporting and at least one other accounting technical competence area such as taxation, audit & assurance, accounting information systems, or managerial accounting.

Designed With You in Mind

This program is designed to be flexible, and accomodates students entering in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. There are several courses that are offered online, however most of our courses are offered in a face-to-face lecture format. Online class meetings meet the needs of working professionals, while face-to-face class meetings facilitate other forms of learning and development as well as addressing the requirements of the Texas Board of Public Accountancy and visa requirements of international students.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

This master's degree is designed for hardworking individuals who desire to further their education in accounting related industries, and can lead to many career options, including:

  • Accountant
  • Actuaries
  • Appraisal and Valuation Professional or Specialist
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Managers
Real Experience

Real Experience

This degree program offers a variety of hands-on experience through clubs and organizations such as:

Career Service

Career Service

Career Service offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Provide the knowledge and hours require for the CPA exam
  • Provide a solid foundation in accounting principles and business applications
  • Develop the technical proficiency and leadership traits sought by firms in all industries
  • Prepare students to make an immediate impact in the public, corporate, governmental, or not-for-profit accounting fields

Coursework Outline

Required Core - 21 Semester Hours

Class Number Class Name
ACCT 5304 Advanced Accounting
ACCT 5306 Federal income Tax ll
ACCT 5307 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
ACCT 5323 Business & Professional Ethics for Accountants
ACCT 5335 Analysis of Financial Statement Information
ACCT 5357 Accounting Theory
BUSI 5398 Business Research Methods

Additional Courses - 9 Semester Hours

Students will choose 3 additional courses to complete their degree, such as:

Class Number Class Name
ACCT 5302 Cost Analysis & Control
ACCT 5310 Information Systems in Accounting
ACCT 5320 Health Care Finance
ACCT 5324 Auditing and Professional Responsibility
BUSI 5389 Global Business Practices
ECON 5359 Economic Applications and Issues
MGMT 5311 Managing Operations and Service

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Comprehensive Exam

Upon completion of this program, students are require to pass a comprehensive examination in order to receive their diploma. For the exam, students will be require to demonstrate their knowledge in all areas of Accounting. To be eligible for the exam, students must have completed all core courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students who wish to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam should refer to the CPA Educational Requirements and list of courses approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Facilities and Features

Accounting, Finance, & Economics Lab

Accounting, Finance, and Economics Lab

This lab is located in the Business Building, and provide tutoring for all accounting, economics, and finance courses. Students can drop in or make an appointment for assistance on homework assignments or group projects.

Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Management Accountants

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is an organization for accounting and financial professionals who strive to better themselves in all areas of workplace etiquette, business ethics, and accounting management. 

Financial Management Association

Financial Management Association

Financial Management Association (FMA) is a professional organization designed for finance and economics students. This organization is determined to encourage and recognize both academic and professional excellence in all finance related industries.