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Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that employment in accounting and auditing is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average of all other occupations. In response to such dynamic growth in the United States and specifically within our region, the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia now offers a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program.

The M.Acc. addresses student needs to acquire additional mastery of accounting knowledge desired by employers, to demonstrate a commitment to success in the field of accounting, and for additional education to meet the requirements for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In an increasingly competitive business environment, the M.Acc. program will provide students with an important foundation for long-term success and set graduates apart from their colleagues.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have satisfied all educational requirements for the CPA license in the state of Georgia. A CPA certificate is an essential element for a career in public accounting and is highly beneficial in other accounting areas.

Students may begin the program in the fall or spring semester with courses available on the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses. The program may be completed in one year as a full-time student or over a longer period of time as a part-time student. Full-time and part-time course offerings are available on the Dahlonega campus. The Gainesville campus offers courses part-time only.

Program Curriculum

The Master of Accountancy program within the Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG focuses on preparing students for a career in accounting and for completion of the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license. Classes include 18 semester hours of core classes and 12 semester hours of electives. The program may be completed in one year for full-time students or over 2 years for part-time students. Classes may be made available both for day and evening courses.

Core Requirements:
ACCT 7640 - Accounting Theory and Policy
ACCT 7410 - Tax II
ACCT 7520 - Auditing II
ACCT 7215 - Leadership, Communication and Professional Skills
ACCT 7530 - Accounting Information Systems II
ACCT 7695 - Integrative Capstone Course

Students must choose four of the following courses when available:
ACCT 7360 - Advanced Cost and Managerial Accounting
ACCT 7430 - Tax Research and Policy
ACCT 7605 - Advanced Accounting
ACCT 7610 - Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
ACCT 7615 - Governmental & Not-For-Profit Accounting
ACCT 7680 - Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
ACCT 7690 - Professional Issues Seminar
ACCT 7800 - Internship
Elective Courses that are part of the Cottrell MBA (any 6000 level or higher MBA elective) may also be used.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates consist of 10 predetermined credit hours that target a specific field of business important to employers in the north Georgia region. Each graduate certificate was developed in discussions with regional employers and through marketing research on the growing needs of our region. Students may elect to apply and complete a graduate certificate alone, or, use these courses as electives in the Master of Accountancy program.

Currently, the M.Acc. offers the following Graduate Certificates: 
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Technology Leadership
New programs are always under review.

Contact Information

Steven Kronenberg
Directory of Mike Cottrell College of Business Graduate Programs
(470) 239-3123

Tiffany Jones
Office Administrator

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