Program Information:

Program Statement:
    If you want to add improved critical thinking, analytical decision making, and communication skills to your arsenal of accounting expertise, our master of accounting (MACC) program is for you. Designed to meet the needs of accountants in public and private industries, our comprehensive program will prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Whichever direction you want to go, we’ve got you covered. The Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University launched the Master of Accounting in 2000. The MAcc is designed to meet the needs of accountants in public or private accounting focusing on interpreting and analyzing accounting information for decision-making. This program allows undergraduate accounting majors to complete an advanced degree while pursuing the additional hours needed to meet the 150 hour requirement in most states to become a Certified Public Accountant. Graduates comply with the Iowa Standards for Certification upon passing the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination. The MAcc faculty are respected nationally and have been making a difference as editors and co-editors of the top journals in their area of expertise. The accounting faculty host annual training conferences for continuing education credits and provide external consulting. These external experiences provide a link for our students from the classroom to real-world practice. We are absolutely committed to providing you with a rewarding and valuable educational experience.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Accounting (M.Acct.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Financial Reporting & Assurance (M.Acct.)
  • Information Systems and Analytics (M.Acct.)
  • Managerial Decision Making (M.Acct.)
  • Tax (M.Acct.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Ability to think critically and creatively about accounting problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work with others as a member of a team
  • Awareness and sensitivity for dealing with ethical concerns
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 0.9 year (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Sam Sivaskandan
Phone: 515-294-8118
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Iowa State University
    Dr Charles B Handy Graduate Programs Office
    1420 Gerdin Business Building
    2167 Union Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-2027

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
    IELTS 7.5
    PTE 68
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 120

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Fall term - June 15, Spring term - Nov 15, Summer term - March 15. International students should apply at least three months before the start of term they are applying.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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