Online Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Welcome to the Online Master of Accountancy Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s online Master of Accountancy program goes far beyond the fundamentals to explore the intricacies of advanced accounting, tax laws, financial analysis and reporting. Our online MAcc program is carefully designed to help you develop the strong technical skills that many employers seek.

With a curriculum that’s structured to elevate your understanding of general accounting principles, we help foster innovative thinking through an emphasis on the skills needed to perform exceptionally and thrive in the business world. You’ll also learn the virtues of teamwork, leadership and effective communication with the convenience of 100% online coursework, meaning you can schedule classes around work and other important life commitments.

As an experienced or future accountant, there’s no shortage of graduate-level business programs from which to choose. Earning your online master of accountancy degree will empower you toward career fulfillment with a focused, specialized skillset that draws from a broader set of business insights.

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Learn at your convenience with 3 start dates per year

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Designed to prepare students for the CPA exam

No GRE/GMAT required

GRE/GMAT waiver for
qualified applicants

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Study with an R1 Carnegie Classification research institution

Why choose the University of Nevada, Reno for your online MAcc?

Accounting involves much more than simply crunching numbers. Today’s economy requires accountants to possess a broad range of skills and abilities — knowledge that ensures compliance with legal, regulatory and ethical standards of practice. Accountants are time managers, multitaskers and excellent record keepers with an impeccable sense of detail.

Our expert faculty is available to support you throughout your online learning experience, providing you with the advanced level of knowledge needed to effectively prepare for CPA certification. As industry-active accounting professionals, our faculty’s real-world experience adds depth and perspective to an already strong curriculum.

Supplemental accreditation. Consider it our letter of intent.

The College of Business and the Accounting Department are each accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This supplemental accounting accreditation underscores our commitment to education at the highest standard of professionalism.

Research is our specialty.
It’s what separates us from the rest.

We’re an institution of higher learning with a proud tradition that redefines excellence in research — earning the designation of a National Tier 1 University by U.S. News & World Report. We’re committed to helping our students excel in a field that promotes extensive career and postgraduate research opportunities.

The Accounting Department shoulders this responsibility through insightful, impactful curriculum and teaching best practices. Real-world experience through applied business research is supported and nurtured by a faculty of industry experts, each dedicated to promoting your growth and achievement.

Our commitment to our students’ success is further demonstrated by a number of strategic relationships that have been forged between the university, our expanding alumni network, business leaders and various local communities. In keeping with our mission, the Accounting Department seeks to provide a strong knowledge base and conceptual infrastructure our graduates will need to make valuable and lasting contributions as business professionals in a global economy.

Business is all about supply and demand. So is your career.

The accounting field has recently experienced a higher than average growth rate compared to other fields. An August 2019 report by listed “tax manager” as the highest-rated profession for its Best Career Opportunities in the U.S.* And according to Payscale, salaries are also on the rise, along with a workforce that’s almost evenly split along gender lines.

Industry-wide change isn’t just on the horizon — it’s already here. A solid education can empower you to look beyond current best practices while developing the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to succeed in accounting. Advancing your accounting skills through education can help you adapt to serve the needs of a business world that is increasingly influenced by technology and global enterprise. Several factors that support this include:

  • A projected growth rate of 10% for accountants and auditors between 2016 and 2026, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Increased globalization and overseas operations, with accounting standards and tax systems that differ by region and nation
  • A rise in the use of blockchain and digital currency, along with the need to accurately organize, track and manage these assets**
  • An increase in cybercrime and identity theft, which is predicted to result in $6 trillion worth of global losses by 2021***

The accounting profession is growing. Now is your time to shine.

Ready to engage the exciting and fast-paced world of accounting from a true business perspective? The advanced skills you gain at the University of Nevada, Reno can help you adapt and excel in your career through various positions in the field, including:

  • Certified public accountant
  • Compliance officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Corporate accounting manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Tax manager
  • Credit analyst

Accounting professionals are in high demand throughout the following industries: 

  • Banking/financial institutions
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Schools/colleges
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private equity firms
  • Retail/manufacturing

Admission requirements:

To be eligible for admission into the online Master of Accountancy program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting
    • Applicants with a degree from an AACSB-accredited school and minimum GPA of 2.75 and B or better in all accounting courses.
    • Applicants with a degree from any other regionally-accredited school must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and B or better in all accounting courses.
  • Undergraduate degree in other fields
    • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in fields other than Accounting with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience will be required to complete up to six courses in the Background program and will be required to maintain a grade of B or better in the Background program before matriculating into the Core program.
  • English language proficiency

The following additional documentation must also be provided in order for consideration into the Online MAcc program:

  • Three letters of recommendation (supervisor, professional, academic)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended

Master of Accountancy degree online curriculum

Our dedicated faculty has outlined — and adheres to — a structured curriculum model that guides students toward individual and collaborative success, while also promoting high academic standards. This commitment to education helps to ensure that you graduate with the depth of knowledge needed to make a valuable and lasting contribution to the accounting field.

Based upon level of experience and education, we offer two paths for earning your online Master of Accountancy degree, each offering an immersive learning environment that explores the functional areas of accounting in the business community:

Background Track:
Builds conceptual awareness for students who are new to the profession. Bridge courses address important accounting concepts prior to transitioning into upper-level coursework. Background track credits are applicable towards state requirements for the CPA exam.

Background Track (Includes all courses listed in the Core Track, along with the following bridge courses)

ACC 701Intermediate Accounting I3 Credits
ACC 702Intermediate Accounting II3 Credits
ACC 703Intermediate Accounting III3 Credits
ACC 705Cost Accounting3 Credits
ACC 710Federal Taxation3 Credits
ACC 770Auditing3 Credits

Core Track:
Reinforces and elevates knowledge of industry concepts toward a higher level of mastery for experienced professionals with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Core Track

ACC 750Accounting Seminar3 Credits
ACC 780Accounting Research3 Credits
ACC 607Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting3 Credits
ACC 611Taxation of Flow-through Entities3 Credits
ACC 604Advanced and International Accounting3 Credits
ACC 783Taxation of Corporations3 Credits
BAN 701Business Analysis Methods3 Credits
BAN 702Data Transformation and SQL3 Credits
ACC 675Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Accounting3 Credits
ACC 759Accounting Theory (Capstone)3 Credits

Gain the technical and professional skills you need for a promising and rewarding career with an Online Master of Accountancy.