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Accounting

Curriculum

MACC’s flexible curriculum allows you to choose the courses that interest you and best suit your future career.

Program Structure

The South Carolina MACC program consists of 10 classes. For students with an undergraduate accounting degree, the program takes just 10 months to complete. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree will need to complete prerequisite courses in addition to their MACC coursework.

1. Choose Your Track

You will select one of two tracks, each consisting of six required courses.

Not to be confused with a traditional "audit" track, our BMA track blends learning the basics you need (technical accounting, information technology) while attaining the critical thinking, decision making and advanced communication skills employers expect to help you stand out. 

Possible career paths: audit/assurance, advisory/consulting, IT audit/information systems, corporate accounting, forensic accounting, FBI agent, transaction specialist

Core Courses

You will work with accounting standards, examine case studies, hone your ethical acumen and engage with faculty that are personally invested in your long-term success. As a BMA student, your experiences will include working within data analytic software (IDEA and Tableau) and interacting with IT professionals from an accounting perspective.

BMA Curriculum

Required Core Courses (six classes, 18 hours)

  • ACCT 501: Financial Accounting III (Advanced Accounting)
  • ACCT 732: Auditing II
  • ACCT 734: Accounting Research & Communication
  • ACCT 736: Information Technology Assurance, Control and Security
  • ACCT 737: Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective
  • ACCT 751: Business Entity Tax Issues

Elective Courses (four classes, 12 hours)

The TAX track provides both a practical and conceptual understanding of the IRS code, as well as the skills and judgment needed for real-life situations. Our TAX courses incorporate an in-depth examination of various aspects of the tax code and regulations to give you the foundation necessary to become a skilled tax preparer and advisor from day one. 

Possible career paths: tax professional (public and private), SALT, international tax, tax analytics, transfer pricing specialist, IRS investigator

Core Courses

Working closely within the tax code, examining real-world case studies, honing your ethical acumen and engaging with faculty that are personally invested in your long-term career success will be your experience within the TAX track.

 

TAX Curriculum

Required Core Courses (six classes, 18 hours)

  • ACCT 501: Financial Accounting III (Advanced Accounting)
  • ACCT 750: Tax Research and Communication
  • ACCT 751: Business Entity Tax Issues
  • ACCT 752: Advanced Business Entity Tax Issues
  • ACCT 753: Advanced Individual Tax Issues
  • ACCT 754: Multi-jurisdictional Tax Issues

Elective Courses (four classes, 12 hours)

2. Choose Your Elective Courses

After choosing your program track, you can use elective coursework to either explore a broad spectrum of topics or to concentrate in a specific area. We encourage you to pursue your own interests with elective courses. Electives are available in accounting, marketing, management, international business and management science. You can also take essentially any graduate-level course offered at the UofSC-Columbia campus as an elective — including study abroad courses.

Not sure what to take? We’ve created elective groups, or specializations, to help you focus on the topics and skills you want to learn. You can also add a supplemental certificate to your MACC degree to help expand your skill set in a specific area while you’re enrolled in the program.


MACC Specializations

Each specialization contains numerous courses for you to choose, and you have the opportunity to mix and match to create an educational experience perfect for the career you are beginning. 

From internal audit, controls, cybersecurity or an enterprise-wide issue, dive into the world of identifying, analyzing and prioritizing risk. Learn to provide value-added solutions to clients, manage risk and minimize uncertainty.

Leverage your CPA designation in finance. Corporate finance courses focus on managing liquidity, monitoring corporate performance, evaluating capital budgeting projects and managing risk. Investment courses focus on securities and a wide array of quantitative valuation methodologies.

Courses covering topics encountered on the CPA Exam that are not always touched on in undergraduate curriculum. Reduce the amount of time you might have to study individually for these topics on the exam.

Pursue a career without borders. Explore opportunities and topics with a global perspective.

Whether you want to own your own firm or work with emerging startups, expand your business acumen with these entrepreneurial courses.

If public accounting isn't your thing, these courses will prepare you for the skills needed for the corporate world. Topics also cover material tested on the CMA and CGMA exams not always touched on in undergraduate curriculum.

Certificate Options

Expand your ability to make informed, data-driven business decisions. With descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and perspective analytic techniques, you will learn not only to identify what happened and why, but also what is likely to happen in the future and what path your company or client should take for future success.

ERP software allows companies to manage their business intelligence, operations planning and materials purchasing. The ERP certificate focuses on a strong understanding of database skills and the function, design, control and use of ERP systems. Participants can also receive an industry certification in SAP- the leading global provider of ERP software.

 

 


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