Master of Accounting
Program Structure/Curriculum

MAcc Curriculum Structure

The 9-month MAcc program is genuinely a flexible degree. Fisher encourages you to think broadly about accounting, including its role in organizations and society. Design your graduate degree to develop your interests, skillset, and potential for achieving your career goals. We're also one of the few accounting programs with data and analytics coursework to prepare you for a world driven by data.

View the MAcc info sheet / curriculum

Core CoursesElective CoursesTotal
10 credit hours21 credit hours31 total credit hours

CORE COURSES (10 credit hours)

The MAcc core curriculum is designed to build a solid accounting foundation while developing your technical, critical thinking, and communication skills. It supports your elective choices and ensures you have the required experience to be successful in the classroom and in your future career. The innovative STEM-designated MAcc curriculum is a national leader and is supported by an academic advisor and career coach that help you reach your career goals.

ELECTIVE COURSES (21 credit hours)

Elective courses allow you to explore a vast array of interests while broadening your understanding of the role accounting plays in organizations and the marketplace. You can choose from accounting-based electives as well as dozens of other robust options offered throughout The Ohio State University. The course list below illustrate a sample of the wide range of focuses that are offered within the available electives.

As a Fisher MAcc student, you are not required to have a specific declared "area." The information below simply provides you with an idea of the electives available to you, categorized by interest area.

View sample electives on the MAcc info sheet

Data & Analytics Innovation

Modern-day accountants increasingly deal with large volumes of information arriving in big data sets. They need the skills to be able to process these data sets, formulate the appropriate questions to ask the data, design the right test, interpret the results and present their conclusions. In the MAcc Program we updated the curriculum, in partnership with KPMG, to expose our students to large data problems, and provide them with the necessary tools that will allow them to solve these problems.

VIDEO: Data & Analytics in the MAcc program

Careers & Program Planning

Because of the wide range of accounting career paths, we encourage a portfolio approach to your course experience. Explore electives in areas such as auditing, finance, or operations management, and take advantage of dozens of other options available through Ohio State. It's beneficial for all types of students who come to us: undergrad accounting majors, students from other disciplines, and working professionals who seek deeper insights for career success.

You should think about how you want your career to unfold—and how your career growth will be supported by the courses you choose.

Students who do not meet the prerequisite courses can enroll in Fisher’s Pre-MAcc Seminar, an intensive, two-week program prior to the start of the autumn semester that prepares those students who lack a degree or experience in accounting.

About the Academic Year

MAcc students typically take 15 - 16 credit hours per semester. Courses are offered in two formats: 14-week semester courses (typically 3 credit hours per class) or 7-week session courses (typically 1.5 - 2.5 credit hours per class). There are two 7-week sessions in each 14-week semester. MAcc students may take a maximum of 18 total credit hours per semester. With only 10 of 31 credit hours being required core courses, the MAcc curriculum is highly personalized to your career goals.

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Pre-MACC Seminar*

Students with majors in fields other than accounting are encouraged to apply for admission to the MAcc program. The MAcc program welcomes all undergraduate majors and doesn't require work experience. To assist such students in efficiently completing the accounting prerequisites for the MAcc program, the accounting faculty offers a Pre-MAcc Seminar through Fisher Executive Education.

MAcc applicants whose baccalaureate business degrees do not include sufficient accounting can also strengthen or extend their accounting knowledge through the Pre-MAcc program. The program enhances students’ proficiency in intermediate accounting, cost/managerial accounting, and auditing.

Conditionally admitted students who need to complete the intermediate financial accounting and intermediate managerial accounting prerequisites can opt to enroll in the PreMAcc Seminar, which is held each summer prior to the start of the fall term.

Additional information about the Pre-MAcc Seminar is available through the Executive Education Pre-MAcc website or by calling (614) 247-2556. You can also learn more about the MAcc prerequisites here.

BSBA/MAcc Program

Current Fisher undergraduate accounting majors with a grade point average of at least 3.5 have the opportunity to earn the MAcc degree concurrently with their undergraduate degree. Earn both degrees in the same amount of time as you would have earned the undergraduate accounting degree alone, and save money in the process!

Learn more about the BSBA/MAcc Program