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Master of Accountancy (MAcc)


Sonja Pippin

The MAcc program, offered by the AACSB-accredited Department of Accounting at the College of Business, develops strong technical and professional accounting skills considerably beyond the introductory courses presented to undergraduates. Students completing the program receive a well-rounded business education. In addition to graduate accounting courses, students are exposed to basic courses in the functional area of business. The MAcc program emphasizes the skills needed to succeed in the business community, including teamwork, leadership and the ability to communicate effectively.

Applicants to the MAcc degree program fall into three different categories:

  • Students with an undergraduate accounting degree from an AACSB-accredited university earned within 10 years of the application date.
    • Direct admission to 150 hour program is available to students having a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3. The need to take the GMAT exam is waived. Thirty more credits of courses in the MAcc curriculum are needed to obtain the MAcc.
  • Students with an undergraduate business degree.
    • The GMAT exam is required. Students will have to complete 30 units from the MAcc curriculum plus additional courses from the core accounting curriculum to earn their Masters degree.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree that is not in business.
    • The GMAT exam is required. Students will have to complete 30 units from the MAcc curriculum with additional courses from the core accounting curriculum, and core business courses to earn their Masters degree.

Contact the MAcc Director

Sonja Pippin
(775) 784-1337


In order to pursue a program leading to an advanced degree, you should meet the criteria for both the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School and the ACC & IS Department MAcc program. All applications are reviewed by the MAcc admission committee. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the committee. Applications approved by the committee are forwarded to the Graduate School for final disposition. Admission requirements, procedures and deadlines are described below. Please review the attributes of a Successful Master in Accountancy Student at the University of Nevada Reno

Application Deadlines:

Students may apply for admission into the MAcc program for either the fall or spring semesters.

In order to be considered for the fall semester, all application materials must be received by February 1 (early admission) or April 15 (late admission).  To be considered for spring admission, application materials must be received by October 1 (early admission) or November 15 (late admission).  Prospective students who want to be able to apply for graduate assistantship, financial aid as well as applicants who will need to apply for a visa are encouraged to apply early.

Applications will be screened and admissions decisions will be made by an admissions committee shortly after the two deadlines for application materials. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by the Graduate School.

Application Procedure:

The following documents must be submitted to the Graduate School, University of Nevada, Reno:

  • A completed and signed Application for Admission form.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university where work has been completed or is in progress.
  • The official report of the GMAT (unless the GMAT exam is waived – contact the MAcc Program Director for more information).

The following documents must be submitted to the MAcc Program Director:

  • Current detailed resume.
  • Personal statement expressing your career interest.

Admission Criteria:

Graduate School Requirements:

  1. Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0, or an average of 3.0 or higher for the courses taken during the last half of the undergraduate program.
  2. A baccalaureate (or an advanced) degree from an accredited four-year institution; any major is acceptable.

ACC/IS Department MAcc Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 500. Students must also place in the 20th percentile or higher in each portion (verbal, written, and quantitative) of the exam. These minimum scores are subject to change. (Unless the GMAT exam is waived.)
  2. All students are expected to be proficient with using word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), and presentation (Powerpoint) software.
  3. If the applicant does not meet all of the preceding requirements, admission to graduate standing on a carefully prescribed basis may sometimes be considered.
  4. International student applicants must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent exam, indicating an ability to speak, write and understand the English Language sufficiently. The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 550. International students may be required to complete additional Intensive English courses during their first semester in the program.
  5. One of the following:
    1. A bachelor degree completed with a minimum 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0, or a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for courses taken during the last half of the undergraduate program. An international student, who is not a University of Nevada, Reno graduate, must have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
    2. If the applicant does not meet the preceding requirement, admission to graduate standing on a prescribed program may be considered. A prescribed program consists of the completion of one semester or summer session of full-time study in 9 credits, or 12 credits over two consecutive semesters for those working full-time, with a grade of "B" or above in each course taken. The courses prescribed may be undergraduate or graduate courses. These courses may or may not apply to the graduate program of study.

International Students:

For international student information, please consult the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Contact the MAcc Director

Sonja Pippin
(775) 784-1337


Completion of Degree Requirements

General Business Core - 18 Credits

Required for students not having a business undergraduate degree.

  • BADM 700 Statistics for Decision Making
  • BADM 701 Production/Operations Management
  • BADM 720 Management and Organizational Science
  • BADM 730 Economics of the Firm
  • BADM 741 Financial Management
  • BADM 760 Marketing Management
Accounting Core - 27 Credits

Required for students not having a business undergraduate degree or having a business undergraduate degree that is not in accounting.

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 401 Financial Reporting I
  • ACC 402 Financial Reporting II
  • ACC 403 Financial Reporting III
  • ACC 405 Cost Management and Control
  • ACC 410 Federal Taxation
  • ACC 460 Commercial Transactions Law
  • ACC 470 - Auditing & Assurance Svcs
MAcc Graduate Courses - 30 Credits in Total
  • ACC 604 - Advanced and Intl Accounting
  • ACC 611 - Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
  • ACC 780 - Accounting Research
  • ACC 750 - Accounting Seminar / Current Topics
  • ACC 759 - Accounting Theory (Capstone)
3 courses (9 credits) From:
  • ACC 607 - Governmental & Not-for profit
  • ACC 783 - Taxation of C corporations
  • ACC 786 - Estate & Gift Tax
  • ACC 794 - Special Topics (Ethics)
2 courses (6 credits) From:
  • BADM 729 - Seminar in Management Issues
  • BADM 750 - Info & Communications in Organizations
  • BADM 772 - Changing Environments of Business
  • BADM 780 - Business and Public Policy
  • ECON 703 - Advanced Macroeconomics I
  • FIN 610 - Financial Derivatives
  • IS 645 - Introduction Project Management
  • IS 670 - Computer Security & Controls
  • IS 788 - Change Management

Contact the MAcc Director

Sonja Pippin
(775) 784-1337


Tuition for the MAcc program will vary depending on the number of courses needed and the background of the student. To estimate the cost use the cost calculator and the number of credits as shown below:

  • With accounting background - 10 core 3 credit MAcc courses (30 credits)
  • With accounting background but international student 11-13 three credit courses (33 - 39 credits)
  • Without accounting background 16-22 three credit courses (depending on business background) (48- 66 credits)

Differential Fee

In April 2011, the Nevada Board of Regents approved a differential fee tuition program to go into effect fall 2011 for master of accountancy (MAcc), master of business administration (MBA), master of science in finance (MSF), and master of science in information systems (MSIS). This involves a course fee in the amount of $100 per credit for graduate level courses in accounting (ACC), business administration (BADM), business (BUS), entrepreneurship (ENT), gaming management (GAM), finance (FIN), information systems (IS), management (MGT), and marketing (MKT). These additional fees will support financial aid of students in the programs, as well as enhance the curriculum and services to the program's students.

More information about tuition and fees at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships is available to meet with any students needing information on federal- and state-based financial aid programs

Contact the MAcc Director

Sonja Pippin
(775) 784-1337

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