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Master of Accounting

The Master of Accounting (MAC) program from Creighton University's Heider College of Business ensures that you’ll gain a broad understanding of the accounting profession, what it stands for and what it means to become an accounting professional. You’ll be poised to contribute toward the advancement of ideals in the field with instruction accredited by the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the AACSB.

Taking the initiative to gain professional development in the accounting field can open new career paths for you. If you’re interested in earning your CPA or other professional accounting designation, a Master of Accounting from Creighton can help you get there. We’ll design your journey around the knowledge and requirements you need to sit for the CPA or other professional exam.

Position Yourself for Success

According to a survey conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11.5 percent over the next ten years. With 42 percent of employers surveyed reporting plans to hire Master of Accounting graduates, earning your graduate degree from Creighton can give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Obtaining the CPA license is a two step process involving education and experience. The accounting programs within the Heider College of Business meet the statutory and regulatory ​education requirements to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Nebraska, and through advising, the specific educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination imposed by the remaining 54 jurisdictions that oversee the practice of public accounting. Licensure as a CPA following completion of the CPA examination depends upon meeting varying amounts of supervised experience as stipulated by each of the 55 jurisdictions. ​In some states licensure also requires additional educational requirements beyond those needed to sit for the CPA exam. In those situations, the accounting programs within the Heider College, through advising, meet those additional expectations.

Program At A Glance

Master of Accounting

This program is offered On Campus

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
August 1

FOR FEBRUARY ENROLLMENT
January 15

FOR MAY ENROLLMENT
May 1

FOR JULY ENROLLMENT
June 1

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Coursework in external financial reporting issues, managerial accounting for decision-making, principles of taxation, auditing and accounting information systems
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • GMAT score, if required
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program Goals and Curriculum

The Master of Accounting (MAC) program is a non-thesis graduate accounting program designed for students seeking an individualized, intensive accounting education that will prepare them to seek CPA certification.

To earn the Master of Accounting degree at Creighton University, you must complete 33 credit hours:

Core courses include:

  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Current Issues in the Accounting Profession
  • Research and Analysis of Ethical Issues in the Accounting Profession

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Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students in the accounting master’s program strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and work to achieve their goals.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Accounting (MAC) program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Provide proof of completed coursework in external financial reporting issues, managerial accounting for decision-making, principles of taxation, auditing and accounting information systems
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement: 300-500 words that explains why you’re interested in Creighton and this program in particular, as well as what you plan to do with your degree
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Provide a GMAT score, if required

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually. 

International applicants must:

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid 
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The tables below detail the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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August

August 1

February

January 15

May

May 1

July

June 1

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Tuition & Financial Aid

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