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Master of Accounting

Through Oakland University’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program, you will discover limitless opportunities to expand your knowledge and education. As one of Oakland University’s fastest growing programs, a Master of Accounting degree will quickly set you apart from competition in the job market. In only one year, you can establish a strong basis for any career opportunities you strive to achieve.

An AACSB-Internationally accredited institution, Oakland University’s business school also hold separate accounting accreditation.

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Oakland University's MAcc program is designed for students who are interested in careers in public, corporate and non-business accounting. Earning this degree will provide students with qualifications employers expect of new employees. Students graduating from Oakland University’s MAcc program will be effective communicators, maintain a high level of expertise and uphold ethical responsibilities, while providing financial information, analysis of the economic environment and input in decision-making activities. Students are highly recruited and offered positions prior to graduation. Oakland University MAcc graduates have very successful careers within the accounting profession.

Oakland University provides the ability to customize your MAcc degree by offering specialized electives in specific accounting tracks. This includes courses in Assurance, Tax and Regulation, and Treasury. By offering such courses, Oakland University allows MAcc students to focus on the areas of accounting that interest them the most.

The MAcc degree will also provide you with the appropriate number of business  and accounting credits required for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam and the CPA License.

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How To Apply

Admission to the Master of Accounting Program is selective and depends on several elements, including scholarship and ability to communicate effectively. Applicants are required to have minimum proficiency in personal computing skills (i.e., word processing and spreadsheets). Applicants deemed deficient in this area may be required to complete a self-study course in computer workstation skills.

Applications are considered by the Accounting Graduate Admissions Committee. In making admission recommendations, the admissions committee assesses the potential of applicants for success in the master's program by examining their undergraduate records, their GMAT scores, their responses to questions on the supplemental application and their work experience.

Admission Deadlines

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the MAcc program program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)*

For information on program prerequisites, see the catalog.

Learn about the GMAT preparation courses offered at Oakland University.

*To see if you qualify to waive the GMAT requirement, see the Request to Waive GMAT Form.

How to Apply

The application process requires submission of the following:

  • Online Application for Admission from Graduate Study
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé - uploaded after online application is submitted
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations - added after online application is submitted
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended sent to OU
  • Official GMAT scores sent to OU*

Learn about our GMAT preparation courses at Oakland University.

International students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S school, will have additional application requirements:

  • A transcript evaluation (for transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States)
  • TOEFL Exam Scores (for non-native English speakers unless they have a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S. school)

*To see if you qualify to waive the GMAT requirement, see the Request to Waive GMAT Form.

Graduate Assistantship

Applications for Fall semester must be received by April 1st.

Alumni Success
91%  MAcc graduates placed within 5 months of graduation.
75%  MAcc students with internship experience.
MAcc Points of Pride
The CPA pass rate exceeds national average for first-time candidates.
The top 14 Accounting firms in Southeastern Michigan hire Oakland Accounting graduates.
The big 4 Accounting firms - Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC - designate Oakland as a key or preferred school.
Alumni Testimonials
Dan Wysocki

Through a close network of dedicated professors, Oakland University’s MAcc program specializes in building business professionals. The personal connections with faculty and classmates provide numerous opportunities to get involved, which helped me build lasting relationships and develop the skills necessary to succeed in today’s business world.

Daniel Wysocki
Tax Staff Accountant

Plante Moran
SBA (Accounting ’15) MAcc ‘16

Jasmine Moseley

Oakland’s business school definitely helped me to be a better person and become a better professional.

Jasmine Moseley
Tax Staff Auditor

Ernst & Young
SBA (Accounting ’14) MAcc ‘16

Rebecca Braga

Highlights of OU’s MAcc program include small class sizes and individualized attention. The faculty members want their students to succeed and are always willing to offer advice. They also provide strong support and connections to industry, which further fueled my passion for the accounting profession.

Rebecca Braga CPA
Assurance Staff

Plante Moran
SBA (Accounting ’13) MAcc ‘14

Korry Bates

Completing the MAcc program at Oakland University enhanced my confidence in my skill set as I prepared to enter the workforce.  Through course curriculum, I gained the requisite knowledge to become a successful CPA.  From day one of my first accounting class, I realized the MAcc program would elevate my understanding of business processes and the business world. The program offers an elevated level of thinking, integrating all aspects of business into the financial mindset. This is critical in today's world as competition among countries is fierce, we strive to move to more sustainable processes and reduce our carbon footprint all while endeavoring to streamline our business models.

The small class sizes and connectivity to peers, professors and professionals creates an atmosphere where you can advance your learning beyond the classroom and build a strong professional network. Oakland University’s MAcc program is rewarding, challenging, fun and will pay off in future success!

Korry Bates
Associate – Risk Assurance

SBA (Accounting ’09) MAcc ‘10