Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program Details

  • The CPA Ontario accredited Schulich Master of Accounting (MAcc) expands your academic and intellectual abilities in all fields of professional accountancy. Using applied case analysis, students will develop critical thinking skills and the capacity to operate in environments characterized by high degrees of ambiguity.

    Successful graduates of the program possess in-depth knowledge in all sub-disciplines that constitute the broad field of accounting and will have also deepened their expertise in two of the program’s areas of specialized electives: tax, assurance, performance management or finance.


    “Today, more than ever before, the widest variety of perspectives is needed when making business and financial decisions. Graduates of the Schulich Master of Accounting program will be highly valued in the workplace for their ability to bring more culturally, ethically and environmentally-informed frameworks into business settings.”

    -Marcia Annisette, Program Director, Master of Accounting

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  • Professor Marcia Annisette, MAcc Program Director
    Professor Marcia Annisette, MAcc Program Director

Professional Designations

Graduates of the Master of Accounting program are eligible to write the CPA Common Final Examination (CFE) and pursue a designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Career Opportunities

Accountants are hired in various functions, such as financial accounting, management accounting, cost accounting, tax planning, estate planning and auditing. You could also get hired in the corporate accounting / finance roles.

Those pursuing the CPA designation could also work with the leading CPA firms as well as controller type roles in all industries upon completion of the CPA designation.

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Study Options

The length of time required to complete the MAcc depends on students’ academic backgrounds.

Graduates of the Schulich BBA or iBBA program and graduates of the 30 credit Diploma in Intermediate Accounting (DIAc) program are  eligible for direct entry into Term 2 of the Master of Accounting, and can complete the degree in 8 months.

Students may also elect to graduate after completion of Term 2 of the MAcc program and receive a Diploma in Advanced Accounting (DAAc). Click below to learn more about these diploma programs.

Diploma in Intermediate Accounting (DIAc) Diploma in Advanced Accounting (DAAc)

Available delivery options

  • (Full-time, May or January entry) Business/Commerce Graduates, CPA Accredited Stream 8 months
  • (Full-time, September entry) Business/Commerce Graduates from a Canadian University, Non-CPA Stream 12 months
  • (Full-time, May entry) Other Undergraduate Degrees 16 months

Location(s)

  • Keele Campus Toronto, Canada
Graduation Requirements
  • Curriculum Overview

    The Master of Accounting (MAcc) is a full-time only program. To accommodate working professionals, Term 3 is offered in a bi-weekly weekend format to prepare you with the final tools you need to successfully complete the CFE.

    Students entering the MAcc with a non-CPA stream Business/Commerce undergraduate degree may continue with the MAcc after completing the first term of the Diploma in Intermediate Accounting (DIAc)*. Click here to view the DIAc curriculum.

    Schulich BBA/iBBA Graduates who do not complete the CPA stream may also pursue the MAcc beginning in the Fall (Term 1). View course details below.

    Business/Commerce Graduates, CPA Accredited stream (including Schulich BBA/iBBA Graduates who have completed the CPA stream) are eligible to start in Term 2 (Summer). View course details below.

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    • 30.00 credits of core courses
    • 12.00 credits of elective courses from two of the four options listed below

    Term 1 (Fall)

    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING II
    • ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
    • AUDITING STANDARDS & APPLICATIONS
    • INTRODUCTION TO INCOME TAXATION
    • ADVANCED INCOME TAXATION
    • MULTI-COMPETENCY CASE ANALYSIS FOR ACCOUNTANTS

    Term 2 (Winter)*

    *Recent graduates who are admitted directly to Term 2 will begin in Summer.

    • INTEGRATIVE CASE ANALYSIS FOR ACCOUNTANTS

    Elective Options (12.00 credits)

    Students must choose any two of the four sets of electives. Please note students pursuing public accountancy must complete Assurance and Tax.

    Assurance
    • ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
    • ADVANCED AUDITING
    Finance
    • ADVANCED FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS & VALUATION
    • ADVANCED FINANCE TOPICS
    Performance Management
    • STRATEGIC PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
    • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
    Tax
    • COMPLEX FINANCIAL REPORTING ISSUES
    • MANAGERIAL TAX PLANNING

    Term 3 (Summer)

    • ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE CASE ANALYSIS
    • INTEGRATIVE CASE ANALYSIS - THE CAPSTONE
    • INTEGRATIVE TAX: CASES AND ANALYSIS
    • STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP PLANNING AND CASE ANALYSIS

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  • Student Clubs

    Schulich Accounting Association (SAA)

    The SAA targets students who are pursuing their Accounting designation, as well as students who are interested in Accounting or networking opportunities. The club meets its objective by hosting accounting related events that supplement Schulich’s graduate curriculum.

    Email: saa@schulich.yorku.ca