Master of Accountancy
The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), alternatively Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcy or MPA or MPAc or MPAcc) or Master in Accounting (MAcc, MAc, or MAcy), is a graduate professional degree designed to prepare students for public accounting and to provide them with the 150 credit hours required by most states before taking the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.
Similar graduate programs also exist in Canada, where certain universities such as University of Waterloo's School of Accounting and Finance, offers MAcc and waives all required education requirements up until the Common Uniform Examination (CFE) in order to become a Canadian CPA.
A Master of Professional Accounting can also be obtained from Australian universities to qualify for the Australian CPA, IPA or CA. This specialty program usually runs one to two years in length and contains from ten to twelve three semester credit courses (30 to 36 semester hours total). The program may consist of all graduate accounting courses or a combination of graduate accounting courses, graduate management, tax, leadership and other graduate business electives. The program is designed to not only prepare students for the CPA examination but also to provide a strong knowledge of accounting principles and business applications.
Note that in other countries, the degree's purpose may differ. Where the Bachelor of Accountancy is the prerequisite for professional practice, for example in South Africa, the Master of Accountancy comprises advanced coursework in a specialized area of accountancy (computer auditing, taxation...), as opposed to CPA preparation as above. It may also be offered as a research based program, granting access to doctoral programs.
- Bachelor of Accountancy
- Master of Science in Taxation -- A similar, but more specialized, course of work
- Master of Laws -- LL.M. in Tax is an advanced law degree
- Certified Public Accountant
- Enrolled Agent -- Recognition to represent taxpayers with the IRS
- Chartered Professional Accountant