Master of Accounting

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By earning your master's degree in accounting, you can launch your career as a tax or audit associate with a public accounting firm, be selected for a leadership development program with a large corporation, or serve in a variety of other accounting roles for leading employers in the region.

Our graduates work at Caterpillar Inc., Deloitte, John Deere, Internal Revenue Service, RSM, and others.

Ambrose Advantages

  • We Meet Your Schedule
  • Nationally Accredited by the ACBSP
  • Small Classes, Personal Attention

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Our faculty have real-world experience and are personally invested in your success. You gain strong accounting and communication skills, and grow your professional opportunities in the world of business.

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The St. Ambrose University Master of Accounting program is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Why earn my MAcc from SAU?
  • We help you meet your career goals. Many states require 150 hours of college education prior to taking the Certified Public Accountant exam. Our 30 credit hour MAcc program helps you fill that requirement and teaches you skills needed for the job.
  • If you have an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited program, you may have a high enough GPA to be exempt from taking the GMAT prior to admission.
  • The SAU Career Center and Accounting faculty support you with résumé review, mock interviews, campus interviews, development of a professional profile on social media, and guidance in career decisions. We host career fairs and have accounting professionals, including SAU alumni, on campus scouting talent throughout the year.
  • You can earn your degree in less than one year. Choose from our full-time, accelerated full-time, or part-time program. Start taking classes in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Your education doesn't have to end at graduation. In 2017, the SAU College of Business launched a unique Forever Masters program. All MAcc alumni are automatic members and have access to special events, training and professional advancement workshops, and information about industry trends, management practices and out-of-the-box thinking on various issues. Read this story about how the program "Continues the Conversation."
  • Take up to 15 graduate credit hours from any SAU graduate program. Many MAcc students take courses from our noted MBA program. And, if a course you need isn't offered, you may be able to earn the credit through independent study.
  • You don't need an undergraduate degree in Accounting. You may have to take some prerequisites before you enroll, and we can help you figure out what, if any, courses you need to take.
  • Our faculty have real-world experience and some volunteer or work as consultants. Their focus is on you, and they are accessible when you need them.
  • The SAU Master of Accounting program was designed with input from leaders in public and private accounting, industry and government, and has a solid reputation. The curriculum is further enhanced by the perspectives you and your peers bring to the program. We attract students from all corners of the globe, including India, Africa and Russia.
What will I learn?

You will learn about theoretical and practical issues - as well as controversies - in accounting; how advanced income tax regulations apply to corporations; ways to resolve tax issues; requirements for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and non-profit financial reporting.

Courses include cases in taxation, advanced auditing, international accounting, law, and forensic accounting. Students can complete an internship for three credits and gain experience working for public accounting firms, major manufacturing and financial businesses, and service and government organizations.

The SAU Master of Accounting program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program structure

To accommodate a variety of student needs and situations, the 150 course hours can be earned in traditional as well as unique delivery modes:

  • Full-time Program: Students may take classes both daytime and evening, completing the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in one year.
  • Full-time Accelerated Program: Students may take classes both daytime and evening, completing the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in a summer session and a fall semester.
  • Part-time Evening Program: Students may take classes in the evening (which allows you to continue working) and complete the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in two years.

Anyone with a bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited institution fully articulates into our program. Individuals whose undergraduate major was not accounting will need to complete all core undergraduate accounting courses.

What does this program cost?

Financing a graduate degree may seem daunting, but SAU offers graduate assistantships, fellowships, and full-time MAcc students can qualify for a scholarship. Contact the program chair for more details.

Tuition for 2020-21 is $960/credit hour plus fees.

Students who start the program within one year of graduation may qualify for a tuition discount of up to 30 percent on MAcc courses, up to 33 credit hours or 12 months of enrollment, whichever comes first.

George J. Till Scholarship

The George J. Till Accounting Scholarship is offered to outstanding undergraduate and graduate accounting students. The award varies from $500 to $5,000/year and is renewable for up to 4 years.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • demonstrate financial need

Download the form to apply (pdf)

Graduate Fees

2020-21 Fees

Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Taegen Ertmer, '18, '18 MAcc is an associate in Caterpillar's Leadership Development Program, a position she accepted after an internship with the company.
  • Kathleen Hall, '18, '19 MAcc, is an Audit Associate in Deloitte's Davenport office, a position she accepted after an internship with the firm.
  • John Hammar '08, '09 MAcc, is the Controller for Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust after working several years in public accounting with both RSM and Deloitte.
  • Kaitlyn Pulley '07, '08 MAcc, is a Senior International Accountant at Deere & Company, a position that opened to her after completing Deere's Accounting/Finance Development Program (FDP).
Requirements for a Master of Accounting Degree (30 credits)

If your undergraduate degree was not in accounting, some prerequisites are required. See those classes on the MAcc Admission and Application page.

Required (6 credits)
MAC 601 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory and Emerging Issues
MAC 603 Advanced Managerial Accounting Theory

Electives (9 credits)
MAC 602 Accounting Issues Seminar
MAC 604 VITA Seminar
MAC 606 Advanced Tax Topics
MAC 607 Research/Cases in Taxation
MAC 610 Advanced Financial Accounting Topics
MAC 614 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
MAC 615 Advanced Auditing
MAC 618 International Accounting
MAC 620 Seminar in Graduate Accounting Topics 1-3 credits
MAC 622 Forensic Accounting
MAC 660 Graduate Accounting Internship 1-3 credits

Graduate Electives (15 credits)
From non-accounting courses that must be approved by the program director.

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Nathan Funke

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Management '15; Master of Accounting,Sales Operations Analyst, HON Finance Division, HNI Corporation,Class of 2016

By his junior year, Nathan was aware of the formidable reputation of global furniture manufacturer HNI Corp. Curious and confident, he attended an SAU career fair and introduced himself. It led to a first, then second, internship with the company, and now, is home to his professional career. Nathan is a finance analyst for HON Finance Division, HNI Corporation.

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Allison Ambrose, PhD, Program Chair

Accounting Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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