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Become a Professional Accountant with TROY’s MAcc Degree

Prepare for careers with increasing professional and managerial responsibilities in public accounting, government and industry with the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) at Troy University. TROY’s MAcc degree satisfies the educational requirements for becoming a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in Alabama and across the nation. Through your studies, you’ll feel ready to sit for the CPA exam. Through the master of accountancy at TROY, you’ll develop specialized functional accounting knowledge as well as effective research and communication skills. You’ll use the technology you’ll find in your accounting profession — and develop values, such as objectivity, ethics, critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills.

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“Troy University has been extremely important to our firm. We’ve got a lot of partners from TROY, and it’s really in leadership positions. TROY has meant a lot to us.”
William Carr | Founder/Managing Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.

Earn Your CPA Even Before You Graduate

What sets TROY’s MAcc apart from other master’s in accounting programs? Our CPA-focused coursework and networking opportunities that prepare you to enter the professional accounting world in just one year. You’ll earn credit while you prepare to pass the CPA exam so you can become a CPA in Alabama and other states. Another way to network, build skills and serve your community is to get involved in the Beta Alpha Psi/Accounting Society. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor organization for students and professionals with a chapter at TROY.

Led by Real-World CPAs in the AACSB-Accredited Sorrell College of Business

The master of accountancy program is led by qualified faculty scholars and CPAs with real-world experience in accounting and business. Their work has been featured in academic publications, presentations and professional conferences. The faculty is part of the Sorrell College of Business, which is AACSB accredited. The William H. Carr School of Accountancy is one of only 200 accounting schools worldwide that has earned separate AACSB Accounting Accreditation.

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MAcc Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your MAcc coursework may include:
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Master’s in Accounting Locations

Take classes on the Troy Campus or flex classes — a hybrid of online and in-person classes. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Meet Your Future Employer at TROY’s Annual Accountancy Day

The TROY master’s in accountancy boasts a 99% job placement rate. One big reason is the connections our students make with employers through events such as Accountancy Day, Meet the Firms, and Accounting Society Meetings.

Accountancy Day is an annual event celebrating students in the School of Accountancy at TROY. It’s also an opportunity to network with leading public accounting firms, government agencies and private companies.

On this important day, recruiters come to the Troy campus to meet with you. The connections you make that day could lead to job opportunities in the accounting field — even before you earn your master of accountancy. In fact, it’s not unusual for our students to receive multiple job offers, thanks to the connections they make during Accountancy Day and other events.

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Careers with the TROY

The TROY prepares you for careers in public accounting, government, and industry as well as for accounting Ph.D. programs. You will have what you need to pass the CPA exam — even before you graduate.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Lorraine Magrath

Dr. Lorraine Magrath

Dr. Lorraine Magrath has served as the Director of the Carr School of Accountancy since January 2022. Dr. Magrath started at TROY as an associate professor in 1998 and was named professor in 2014. Before starting her career at TROY, she was a controller in industry. Dr. Magrath holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

Scholarships for Master’s of Accountancy Students

TROY awards these scholarships to students earning their MAcc degree:

Accountancy Day Sponsorship Award

FAQ About the Master of Accounting Program

Learn more about the field of accounting and our program.
What is MAcc?

MAcc stands for Master of Accountancy, a one-year graduate program that will prepare you to pass the CPA exam and for accounting careers. By earning the master’s in accounting, you’ll open up job opportunities in public accounting, industry, government and nonprofits.

How long does it take to complete the TROY MAcc degree?

The TROY Master of Accountancy can be completed in one year of full-time study.

What are the requirements to get into the TROY program?

To be admitted into the TROY program, you need to meet the requirements as listed in the academic catalog, including earning an undergraduate degree in business. If you have a non-business or non-accounting undergraduate degree, you may need to complete some foundational courses in business and accounting before you enroll in any graduate courses.

Is it better to get an MAcc or MBA?

If you’re a finance professional who wants to advance your career with a master’s degree, there are many reasons to choose a Master of Accountancy over an MBA:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge in the field of accounting: An MBA offers a breadth of knowledge for a range of careers. A master of accountancy offers a depth of knowledge specifically for the field of accounting so you can develop the expertise you need to move your accounting career forward.

  • Prepare to become a CPA: If you want to become a CPA, a master of accountancy can provide you with the coursework and skills to pass the CPA exam and meet the educational requirements for licensure.

  • Finish in less time: You can finish your MAcc in less time than an MBA. At TROY, you can complete your master of accountancy in as little as a year.

  • Get admitted without experience: While an MBA program may require prior business experience, an MAcc degree program can accept students without a professional accounting background or undergraduate accounting degree.

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Troy University has named its School of Accountancy in honor of William H. Carr of Enterprise.

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Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business has named its School of Accountancy in honor of Enterprise native William Carr, founder and managing partner of the accounting firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.

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