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Master of Accountancy Online Program (MAcc)
Gain In-Depth Accounting and Business Analytics Knowledge

Master of Accountancy Online Program (MAcc)

20
Months Duration
$954
Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
30–45
Credit Hours

Learn to Leverage Big Data and Advanced Accounting Skills

In today's data-centered business world, those with advanced accounting knowledge are uniquely prepared to succeed. While many professions are beginning to understand the importance of big data, accountants have worked with big data for decades.

At Ohio University, data analytics are woven throughout the part-time online Master of Accountancy program, allowing you to seamlessly apply this highly sought-after skill from your first semester. We offer multiple curriculum pathways based on your educational background. Through live engagement, a residency weekend and synchronous sessions, you'll connect with students and experts to debate, hear others' perspectives and build relationships. The accounting faculty hosts optional networking and speaking events throughout the year that also enrich the learning experience.

In addition to AACSB accreditation, OHIO’s College of Business holds AACSB Supplemental Accounting Accreditation, so our students earn a degree recognized throughout the industry for the highest academic standards and career preparation. This program should meet the requirements for CPA licensure in your state. Please check with your enrollment counselor for your state’s specific requirements. Graduate in as few as 20 months, ready to apply in-demand skills to a variety of business roles.

Program Benefits

  • AACSB-accredited College of Business and School of Accountancy
  • Efficient pathways for students without an accounting bachelor's degree
  • Extensive alumni network
  • Prepare for CPA licensure
  • 90-plus years of delivering business education
  • Access to Career Support Team

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Meet the Demand for Highly Educated Accounting Professionals with an Online Master's Degree

Demand for accountants is expected to significantly grow between 2020 and 2030, creating 96,000 new jobs.1 While this program prepares you to sit for the CPA exam, the advanced accounting, analytics and problem-solving skills you gain, combined with the valuable industry connections you make, will prepare you to excel in a wide variety of settings. Many graduates pursue roles in upper management. The median annual wage for management occupations was $102,450 in 2021.2 Online Students also receive this GradCAT benefit.

Career Outlook

Choose from a Variety of Business, Accounting and Analytics Careers

  • Actuary

    $105,900

    per year3

  • Auditor

    $77,250

    per year1

  • Budget Analyst

    $79,940

    per year4

  • Financial Analyst

    $81,410

    per year5

“This is an absolute game-changer. We’re helping our students, regardless of where they are in their career, critically think about where they want to take their careers and put the steps in place to make that happen." —Kari Lehman, executive director, graduate and professional programs

Develop Advanced Skills for Today's Business World

30 Credits* | 7-Week Classes

The MAcc program at OHIO has integrated a data analytics focus throughout the curriculum, along with in-depth instruction on advanced accounting topics. You'll also gain the soft skills employers value, such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Here at Ohio University, it's not about just one experience. Case-based curriculum allows you to engage more deeply with the course material while building problem-solving skills through online coursework, live sessions, special events, and group projects. Each class helps you connect with your peers and build your skills as a well-rounded professional poised to make a difference.

We've built pathways for those students without an accounting bachelor's degree to be as efficient as possible. Students only take five or fewer courses to gain the required foundational accounting skills they need if they don't have an accounting background.

Our pathways include:

  • Accounting: Designed for students with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
  • Business: Designed for students with a bachelor's degree in a non-accounting, business major.
  • Non-Business: Designed for students with a bachelor's in a non-accounting/non-business field.

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Online MAcc Admission Details

No GMAT Required | Transfer Up to 6 Credits

To apply to OHIO's online MAcc program, you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • $50 application fee

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An Affordable Online Accounting Master's Degree

$28,500 Total Tuition (Resident) | $954 Per Credit Hour (Resident) | Scholarships Available

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, you may be automatically eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship through the College of Business. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Tuition Details

  • Network with Your Peers and Instructors

    Through OHIO's unique Leadership Development Conference, you'll engage with your peers in the accounting program in person. During this weekend (Friday and Saturday) in Athens, Ohio, you will:

    Learn from world-class speakers
    Connect with classmates in online business programs at OHIO
    Meet the faculty you've learned from

    All online MAcc students are required to attend this event at least once, but we encourage you to participate once more if you are able to fit it into your schedule. The conference is offered twice per year in April and August. The cost of lodging and most meals is covered by the program.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

With Ohio University's online Master of Accountancy program, you will gain the comprehensive expertise you need to excel as an accounting professional in a complex, technology-driven business environment.

Program Outcomes

  • Role of the Profession: 
    • Our students will understand the role of accountants as information specialists.
    • Our students will understand the role of accountants and auditors in the efficient functioning of the capital markets.
  • Research: Our students will perform research to resolve accounting questions.
  • Data Analysis: Our students will analyze data to produce and interpret information for decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Our students will develop and demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Teamwork: Our students will work effectively in teams.
  • Communication: Our students will communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Integration: Our students will demonstrate an integrated knowledge of accounting, auditing, information systems, tax, data analysis, forensic accounting and communication.
  • Ethics:
    • Our students will effectively address ethical issues surrounding managerial motivations and discretionary accounting choices.
    • Our students will understand the accountant’s role in ethical behavior.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. David Stott, Ph.D.

Director, School of Accountancy; O'Bleness Professor of Accountancy

Dr. David M. Stott joined the Ohio University faculty in the summer of 2016 and serves as the director of the School of Accountancy and the O’Bleness Professor of Accountancy. He previously served as the director of graduate programs in accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and MIS at Bowling Green State University, where he held the Maurer Family Distinguished Professorship in Accounting.

Read more about Dr. Stott

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Learn From Leading Experts

Our instructors aren't just academics. All of OHIO's accounting master's degree faculty are CPAs, and they bring their years of work experience into the classroom. The same faculty teaches in the online program and on-campus program, ensuring high quality across programs. Each member is dedicated to delivering quality engagement to the online environment.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention
  • Individualized mentorship and support
  • Career guidance throughout the program
  • Industry-connected faculty to broaden your professional network

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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How fast can I complete the MAcc program?

You can complete the Full-Time Master of Accountancy program in just one year. The online part-time program takes five to eight semesters to complete. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Is the Master of Accountancy program accredited?

Ohio University’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This esteemed credential is granted to less than 5% of business schools in the nation. In addition, OHIO's College of Business holds AACSB Supplemental Accounting Accreditation, which means our program meets additional standards set by the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Council.

Do the OHIO Master of Accountancy programs accept transfer credits?

You can transfer up to six credits into the Master of Accountancy programs at Ohio University. Find out more about online admissions here and full-time admissions here.

Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in accounting?

No, the MAcc includes curriculum pathways for students with an accounting bachelor's degree, a business bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in another field. Your curriculum will include the necessary coursework to prepare you to be successful in this industry and be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.

Does the online MAcc program have a residency component?

Yes. Through OHIO's unique Leadership Development Conference, you'll engage with your peers in the accounting program in person. During this weekend (Friday and Saturday) in Athens, Ohio, you will learn from world-class speakers, connect with classmates in online business programs at OHIO and meet the faculty you've learned from. All Online MAcc students are required to attend this event at least once.

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accountants and Auditors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm.
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Actuaries. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/actuaries.htm.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Budget Analyst. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Financial Analyst. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm.

*Applies to those with bachelor's degrees in accounting