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Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.)

University of Iowa: Tippie
Program summary
Iowa (state)

Program description

Ready to further develop your accounting expertise? By completing the Tippie College's Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.) Program, you'll satisfy the 150 semester hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in Iowa and you'll receive a master's degree.

You'll take courses that broaden your perspective on the role of accounting in organizations and decision making, and you'll acquire expertise in one of four areas of specialization: financial/auditing, management information systems, managerial accounting, or tax.

Iowa's internationally ranked graduate accounting program is your competitive advantage.

The Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.) is a nonthesis program that requires a total of 30 semester hours (s.h.) beyond the BBA.

Students who earn an undergraduate degree in accounting from another college or university, or who receive a bachelor's degree in an area other than accounting, can obtain professional training in accounting by directly entering our Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.) Program. We tailor the M.Ac. program of study to meet the individual's needs in light of his or her background.

For those students who enter with an undergraduate degree in accounting, the program is designed to be completed within one calendar year. Students with an undergraduate degree in another area of business typically are required to take 45-51 s.h. in order to complete the M.Ac. Program. Those with degrees outside of business typically are required to take 57-60 s.h. to remove academic deficiencies in quantitative methods, business, and accounting.

Our programs qualify students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. The pass rate for our graduates on these exams far exceeds the national average.

Application and Admission Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ac.

Admission to the M.Ac. Program requires acceptance to the Graduate College. The Graduate College requires a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better for admission. A student must apply to the Graduate College before his M.Ac. application will be considered.

Candidates are evaluated according to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, a student’s resume, Statement of Purpose (Item E on the Application for Graduate Admission), test scores (GMAT and TOEFL if required), undergraduate academic record (transcripts), and letters of reference.



Focus on the preparation, audit, and use of corporate and not-for-profit financial statements as preparation for a career in public accounting, corporate finance, or internal audit.

Management Information Systems

Focus on systems architecture, database design, software engineering, and telecommunications as preparation for a variety of career opportunities including consulting and assurance services.

Managerial Accounting

Focus on cost management and budgeting as preparation for a career as a management specialist for organizations across the employment spectrum.


Focus on tax planning and tax research as preparation for a career in public accounting or industry.

About school

Integrity. Innovation. Impact.

The Henry B. Tippie College of Business develops business leaders and scholars through a comprehensive and high-quality educational experience that is based on the core values of Integrity, Innovation, and Impact. This vision infuses our threefold mission to provide excellent...

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Contact info

University of Iowa: Tippie

108 Pappajohn Business Building
52242-1994 Iowa City

Phone no: 319-335-0862

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