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

Grant Thornton welcome students to Paris, Bay Area

Brianna Koucos, a senior career counselor with the Undergraduate Career Management Center, traveled recently with two groups of students to visit Grant Thornton offices in Paris and the Bay Area. Here, she writes a bit about the trips:

The David Eccles School of Business students made two trips to Grant Thornton this spring.

The first was in Paris, France, where the Business Scholars met with partner and alumnae Johanna Nielsen (’01).

Marci Butterfield named BAP Outstanding Advisor

Marci Butterfield, an associate professor at the David Eccles School of Business’s School of Accounting, was recently named an Outstanding Faculty Advisor award winner by Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honor society for students and professionals that boasts more than 300 chapters on college campuses.

Butterfield is one of only four winners of the honor from across the country, and will collect a $5,000 prize and plaque from McGladrey LLP at BAP’s annual conference later this year in Atlanta.