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Darla Moore School of Business


MACC Summer Boot Camp

You don't need an accounting degree to become a CPA. Business majors can earn their MACC — and become CPA eligible — in just 15 months.

Whether you want to leverage your existing skills or completely transition into the accounting field, the UofSC MACC program's summer boot camp can help you obtain your graduate degree and become CPA eligible in 15 months or less.

 

How It Works

The summer boot camp allows you to complete your accounting prerequisite courses in an accelerated format, without skimping on quality or content. You are exposed to the same academic rigor as our traditional accounting undergraduate and MACC student. In fact, the accelerated format places you in the same prerequisite courses as our undergraduate accounting students to ensure you have a solid foundation when you enter the MACC program. A sample curriculum of the summer boot camp and the MACC program can be found below

Participating in the summer boot camp followed by the MACC program allows you to complete the academic hour requirements to be licensed as a CPA in any state. Students completing their accounting prerequisite courses and MACC at the Moore School enjoy a 92 percent CPA Exam pass rate — compared to national average of 55 percent (2014).

UofSC MACC students are highly sought after by employers — more than 47 organizations recruit our students. This includes all of the Big Four accounting firms, multinational consulting firms and other great international, regional and local accounting firms and businesses. Our strong reputation with these employers, and excellent performance of previous MACC students, allows 100 percent of our students to be employed by graduation.

 

Sample Summer Boot Camp + BMA Track Curriculum

Summer
Maymester

Accounting Information Systems (P)

Summer I

Financial Accounting I (P)

Cost/Managerial Accounting (P)

Summer II

Financial Accounting II (P)

Legal Issues in Accounting

 

(P) = prerequisite course

Fall

Auditing I (P)

Tax I (P)

Financial III

Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective

Recruiting - OR - MACC Elective

 

(P) = prerequisite course

Spring

Auditing II

Information Technology Assurance, Control and Security

Accounting Research and Communication

Business Entity Tax Issues

MACC Elective

Summer

MACC Elective

MACC Elective (if recruiting in fall)

Pass CPA Exam

 


Summer Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the summer boot camp only available for the BMA track?

BMA and TAX track students may participate. However, only BMA track students can complete the program in 15 months or less.  TAX track students participating will need to take classes in two different fall terms to complete our program (ex. A TAX track student beginning in May 2016 would likely not complete our MACC until December 2017 due to the course sequencing and availability of TAX track courses).

Is there a separate application/admissions process for the summer boot camp?

No. Summer boot camp participants are admitted based on the same admissions criteria as our traditional students. Please visit our admissions and admissions process pages for more information on how to complete your application.

Is the summer boot camp available online?

No. Our courses are taught live at the Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC. Online or distance education upper-level accounting prerequisite courses are not accepted by our program.

Can I work full-time and complete the summer boot camp?

Probably not. Summer boot camp courses are offered in an accelerated five-days-a-week format. Each class requires significant preparation between classes. Full summer boot camp participants take two classes at a time, which would equate to a 40-hour-a-week workload. Pairing this with a significant amount of outside employment will make succeeding in our program extremely difficult.

Are financial awards or loans available for the summer boot camp?

Yes. Summer boot camp participants are eligible for awards just like all MACC students. This includes our awards to reduce tuition to in-state rates for non-residents. The boot camp is also structured to allow you to obtain loans if necessary. Please visit our Financing Your MACC page for more information on financial awards and loan programs.

I have already taken a couple of accounting courses but have not completed all of the accounting prerequisites. Do I need to complete the entire summer boot camp? 

No. You only need to complete the prerequisite courses you have not yet completed. In this situation, you will be taking fewer classes than the 16 shown in the sample curriculum above. To determine if you are missing/have completed prerequisite courses, contact us at macc@moore.sc.edu for a pre-application workup.

Are prerequisite courses required for the summer boot camp?

Completing your MACC and prerequisite courses in 15 months or fewer assumes you have completed our business prerequisite courses. Most business majors have completed these as part of their undergraduate degree. We do admit students missing these prerequisites, but they must be completed within our program. This means, beyond the summer boot camp and MACC, you would need to complete up to 10 additional prerequisite courses. To determine if you are missing/have completed prerequisite courses, contact us at macc@moore.sc.edu for a pre-application workup.