Walsh College

Master of Science in Accountancy

Your Future in Accounting

Since its founding in 1922, Walsh College’s outstanding reputation continues to be based on its development of superior accounting graduates.

Rated sixth in the nation*, the Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC) at Walsh College goes beyond the numbers; you will learn how to think analytically and communicate the importance of financial statements, income tax planning, and business accounting to your clients, teams, and organizations. 

Walsh offers two options for students interested in a graduate degree in accountancy. The MAC is designed for students with a liberal arts, technical, or business (non-accounting) background who wish to enter the field of accounting. The MAC for Accounting Graduates is designed for students with an accounting undergraduate degree who wish to advance their accounting careers. 

 

Why Walsh?

TopTax

Earn your degree at a top-ranked program in the U.S.

The MAC is ranked #6 in the nation by TaxTalent (2017 Top in Tax Educational Survey according to tax employers).

Learn from faculty with real-world experience.

Nearly 80% of Walsh accounting faculty are licensed CPAs.

BAC to MAC in Five Years.

If you’re a student in the Bachelor of Accountancy program, you can easily transition to the MAC program and earn both degrees in as few as five years. Talk with an advisor to explore your options.

Already a CPA or accounting graduate?

You may be required to submit your CPA credentials or take the Walsh College accounting placement exam. Students in the MAC for Accounting Graduates program can choose to specialize in either data analytics, finance, or taxation.

Master of Accountancy Courses

Through the MAC from Walsh College, you will gain a mastery of financial analysis and accounting fundamentals, and you will be able to clearly communicate with your clients. Upon completion of the MAC, you will be equipped to:

  • Analyze and prepare tax forms and statements for businesses.
  • Manage assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate, and derivative securities.
  • Advise in raising and investing money, capital structuring, and capital budgeting.
  • Perform audits of various industries and businesses.
  • Direct in security and investment management.

Master of Accountancy for Accounting Graduates Courses

The MAC-W is designed for students with a background in accounting. Walsh College requires 10 courses for a total of 30 credits, passed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 (or “C”) or higher to graduate. If you earned your undergraduate accounting degree over five years ago, you will be required to take the Walsh College accounting placement exam. You may choose a concentration in Data Analytics, Finance, or Taxation.

If you have earned your bachelor's in accounting and are planning to pursue the CPA licensure, the 30-credit MAC will fulfill the 150 credits required for licensure. You will also need to complete the 2,000 hours (about a year) of experience working as a CPA required by the state of Michigan for CPA licensure. This experience could be in a CPA firm, government, industry, academia, or public practice.

 

Hear What Our Graduates Are Saying

"Walsh College is THE authority in business and accounting education in metro Detroit. I'm proud to be an alumna.”
Regina Nock, BAC '11, MAC '12
Senior Accountant, Freedman & Goldberg CPAs, PC
“For me, it was significant to learn about real-life experience in the business world. At Walsh, you get a balance between what is in the book and what happens in real life. The Walsh experience prepares students for the real world and that is important.”
Ivan Guner, MSA '84
Senior Vice President, Global Business Finance, Oracle Corporation

Employment Opportunities

Every business needs a good accountant. Walsh College has alumni in every Michigan-based Fortune 500 company, and at all of the 2015 Top 25 Crain’s List of Largest Accounting Firms. With an MAC, you’ll be ready to serve private clients in non-traditional opportunities. And with lifelong career services from Walsh, you’ll get help and clarity for your next career success.

Join the Walsh College Family

Your network is a valuable asset. Make new connections by joining the Walsh College Accounting & Taxation Student Organization (ATSO), which is open to all current and prospective Walsh College students. The ATSO connects you with fellow students and provides real-life, hands on experience through volunteer opportunities with the Accounting Aid Society, Crohn’s Foundation, and March of Dimes.

*2017 Top in Tax Educational Survey according to tax employers