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Marshall School of Business – USC - Master of Accounting

USC Marshall Master of Accounting Program Structure

The USC Master of Accounting program (MAcc) is a 30 unit full-time program with a minimum of 11 courses. The program can be completed in a part-time format, however, only for those in the MBT-Working Professionals program. In 2018, the school introduced the The Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics (MAcc D+A) program option, which works in collaboration with the USC Leventhal School of Accounting and the USC Marshall Data Sciences and Operations Department. This option, however, is only open for domestic students with an accounting undergraduate degree.

The MAcc program can be completed between nine and 11 months. The MAcc D+A can be completed in 12 months, which also features an internship portion. Both options prepare students for the CPA examination.


In the USC Marshall MAcc program, students must completed five accounting core courses, one communication core course, four electives, and one floating elective. The floating elective gives students the option to complete courses from a number of MBA and non-MBA options in the USC networking, including: the USC Gould School of Law; School of Cinematic Arts; and The Price School of Public Policy. This floating elective must be approved by an academic advisor.

Core accounting courses every student must take are as follows:

• Professional Responsibilities in Accounting
• Ethics for Professional Accountants
• Fair Value Accounting: GAAP, IFRS & Emerging Issues

Students complete one of the two accounting classes:

• Auditing and Assurance Services
• Advanced Financial Statement Auditing Topics

Students also complete one of these two accounting classes:

• Enterprise Information Systems
• Advanced Enterprise Systems and Technologies

A total of 12 accounting electives are available.

Class Profile

The most recent USC Marshall Master of Accounting program class featured a total of 181 students (35 average per cohort). Among the class, the admission rates was around 32 percent, with 62 percent female students and 14 percent international students.

The undergraduate GPA was 3.6, the GMAT average was 650, and the TOEFL average was 106. The majority of the class studied accounting as undergraduates (69 percent), business administration/finance (12 percent), and social sciences/humanities (10 percent). About 17 percent of the class are USC undergraduates.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the USC Master of Accounting program differs by semester. Summer tuition is currently $11,500, while fall and spring tuition is $55,320. Including fees and other expenses, the total summer semester expense is $16,266 and $80,072 for fall and spring.

Scholarships are offered by the USC Leventhal School of Accounting in the fall and spring semesters for students in the MAcc, MAcc D+A and MBT full-time programs. MBT-Working Professionals students are not offered scholarships. Other scholarships may be provided by USC and third-party organizations.

Federal and private loans may be available for domestic applicants. However, private loans may be the lone option for international applicants.


In order to apply to the USC Master of Accounting program, applicants must have a four-year undergraduate degree (or international equivalent), in addition to the completion of pre-requisite courses. Students without a BA in accounting start the MAcc program in the summer in order to complete the following pre-requisite work:

• Introduction to Financial Accounting
• Micro or Macroeconomics
• Statistics

The Corporate Finance course must also be completed, but can be finished during the program or before enrolling.

Students with a BA in accounting typically start in the fall. Those students must complete the aforementioned required courses, in addition to the following:

• Intermediate Accounting I
• Intermediate Accounting II
• Cost or Managerial Accounting
• U.S. Federal or Corporate Taxation

Auditing/Assurance. Advanced Accounting, and Corporate Finance can also be completed before or during the program.

In addition to a completed online application, the following must be submitted:

• A current resume
• Official transcripts
• GMAT/GRE scores
• TOELF or IELTS scores (if necessary)
• One-page resume
• A personal statement
• Video essay
• Optional essay
• Two letters of recommendation
• $90 fee (waived for USC alumni)

Application deadlines are as follows:

Domestic Applicants:

Final Deadline for Summer Term Start – March 31
Final Deadline for Fall Term Start – May 1

International Applicants:

Final Deadline – Jan. 15

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