Master of Accounting

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program is a fast-paced, two semester, cohort-based graduate program designed to help you achieve your career goals and certification requirements. Our 2 in 2 program allows you to complete both your graduate degree and the CPA Exam in two semesters. During the August to May program, you will take all four parts of the CPA Exam while specializing in either Audit/Advisory or Tax. 

We deliver strong core graduate accounting seminars, enhance technical expertise, develop advanced communication and critical thinking abilities, and promote leadership skills. We are committed to preparing you not only to be technically proficient but also to be equipped for a changing future. Your MAcc and CPA credentials make your work options virtually limitless - public accounting, industry, government, non-profit, and self-employment.

The School of Accountancy at KSU’s Coles College of Business is one of the largest accounting programs in the state of Georgia. Additionally, it is home to the internationally recognized Internal Audit Center. 



KSU studenst in the accounting classroom

Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face 

Number of Credits Hours: 30 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-Semester Cohort Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Priority, January 15th
  • Fall Final, April 30th
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Admission Criteria

The MAcc program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited institution. Students should demonstrate their ability to successfully juggle course work and CPA Exam preparation. All applicants should have 20 hours of upper-level accounting (beyond the first two principles courses) and 24 hours of general business courses (CPA requirements). As part of your accounting hours, you must successfully complete the following accounting courses prior to beginning the program:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Taxation
  • Auditing and Assurance

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • GMAT Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU.
    • The following GMAT Alternatives are available:
      • An advanced degree (e.g., masters, doctorate), or
      • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 OR at least 3.6 in your accounting major from an AACSB accredited institution, or
      • An accounting professional certification (e.g., CMA, CFE, CIA), or
      • At least 3 years of professional accounting work experience as evidenced by your submitted resume.
  • By choosing one of these GMAT Alternatives you are requesting that you not be required to submit a GMAT score. These alternatives are listed in the application and you can choose more than one. Choosing one of these on the application does NOT guarantee an alternative to the GMAT will be granted.
  • Resume - (Can be uploaded into the online application) 
  • Letter of Interest - (Can be uploaded into the online application) Should be no longer than two pages and describe why you are interested in the MAcc degree program and how the program fits with your career/educational goals. In particular, your letter must include a discussion of your short-term and long-term career plans (accounting or other). Please be as specific as possible.
  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional) - Can be sent electronically through the online application.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to
    schedule the interview.
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Accounting Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Accelerated, Specialized Training – The Master of Accounting program is delivered in a two-semester, accelerated format where you can select one of two specializations: Audit/Advisory or Tax.

  • Hands-On Experience – The MAcc program is more than a classroom experience. You will gain hands-on experience and work with others to help develop your skills. Available resources include personalized academic and career advisement, access to resume and interview workshops, and a network with leading accounting professionals.

  • CPA Exam Preparation – Includes a Capstone course where you prepare for and take all four sections of the CPA Exam before graduation. Program tuition covers registration, purchasing of textbooks, lunches, CPA exam preparation, and CPA sitting fees.

  • AACSB International Accreditation – Earn an advanced accounting degree that meets the high industry standards set by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is considered the benchmark for business education quality.

What can you do with an Accounting degree? 

With a Kennesaw State Accounting degree, you can work in many roles besides accounting, including financial examiner, financial analyst, finance manager, chief financial officer, budget analyst, or business and financial consultant.

Accounting is a profession specializing in the “language of business,” with your Master’s of Accounting from KSU, you can pursue certification opportunities which include: 

  • Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Accounting Salary and Career Information

A career in accounting offers many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a master degree in Accounting from KSU.

School of Accountancy

Kennesaw State University
School of Accountancy
Coles College of Business
Burruss Building, Room 233
560 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470.578.4377


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