Master of Accounting

MAcc Highlights

Nationally Ranked
Customizable Degree
Exceptional Students
World Class Faculty

Nationally Ranked

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Accounting found themselves in the Top 25 of the latest rankings released by the Public Accounting Report. In a remarkable bit of symmetry, both programs improved to land at No. 22 in their respective rankings. For the Master of Accounting program, the jump was two spots from its No. 24 ranking in 2012, while the undergraduate Accounting program moved up five spots. Among mid-sized Accounting schools—those with between 16 and 21 full-time faculty members—the results are even more impressive, with the MAcc program landing at No. 8 and the undergraduate program finding itself at No. 7.

Customizable Degree

Choose from an emphasis in Audit, Tax or Accounting Information Systems. After required classes, you still have almost half of your credits to customize your degree. Whether you’re interested in loading up on accounting courses to prepare for the CPA exam, or exploring other aspects of business—such as investing, leadership or data bases—you can choose from a wide variety of electives.

Exceptional Students

The David Eccles School of Business offers an undergraduate degree in Accounting, a Masters of Accounting (MAcc), and PhD in Accounting, with tracks in Audit / Financial, Tax and Accounting Information Systems in the full and part-time programs. There are approximately 373 students in upper division undergraduate accounting, with an average GPA of 3.6, and 141 students in the MAcc program, also with an average GPA of 3.6, There has 12 Accounting students in the PhD program.

Highlights:

  • Students won the regional Deloitte FanTAXtic completion in 2012 and were the only team from Utah to compete with eight other top schools at the national competition.
  • Our Beta Alpha Psi chapter has earned Superior Chapter every year.
  • Our students are recruited by the Big Four, Grant Thornton, regional and local firms, as well as by industry, government and non-profits both locally and nationally.

World Class Faculty

  • Professor Christine Botosan is president-elect of the American Accounting Association
  • Professor Bob Allen was inducted into the American Accounting Association’s Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Sections Hall of Honor.
  • Professor Scott Pickett received the Brady Teaching Award from the David Eccles School of Business
  • Professor Marci Butterfield received the LDSSA Teacher of the Year award for the University of Utah
  • Faculty members are on Editorial  Boards for the top three accounting-research journals: The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics

MAcc News

How valuable is your boss?

While complaining about bosses is almost a national pastime, new research suggests that good bosses stick around and make their workers more productive, while the worst managers don’t last very long in the workplace.

“The Value of Bosses,” a paper co-authored by Christopher Stanton, an assistant Finance professor at the David Eccles School of Business, was recently conditionally accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Labor Economics.

New Graduate Certificate in Information Systems announced

The demand for business professionals who know about technology is growing by leaps and bounds—a trend that is especially pronounced on the “Silicon Slopes” of Utah—and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has created a new certificate program to help professionals and students advance their careers and enhance their technical proficiency.