​Master's in Accountancy/Taxation Example Schedule

Whether you are a MACC or MTAX student, you will build an advanced foundation in ethics, leadership and negotiation. The MACC schedule is designed to be flexible, while the MTAX schedule is more structured to simulate the nature of a tax career.

Classes are offered once per calendar year and each one is three units. We hold all of our classes at USD's campus. Our five-week classes are held two nights per week and the ten-week classes are held one night per week. Prerequisite classes are held during daytime hours. Our admissions committee will inform you on whether you will need additional prerequisites.

Unit Breakdown

Total MACC Units: 30
  • Required: 9 units
  • Electives: 21 units
Total MTAX Units: 30
  • Required: 24 units
  • Electives: 6 units

Pre-program preparation (for international students)

The International Student Introductory Program is held in early to mid-August.

MACC 522 Investment Planning and Risk Management    
MACC 540 Controllership and Cost Management    
MACC 561 Partnership Taxation   Required
MACC 562 Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning   Required
MACC 594 Accounting Analytics    
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship    
MACC 520 Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning    
MACC 525 Financial Statement Analysis    
MACC 530 International Financial Analysis and Reporting    
MACC 531 Applied Research for Financial Accountants and Auditors    
MACC 560 Tax Research   Required
MACC 564 Advanced Corporate Taxation   Required
MACC 594 Entrepreneurial Finance    
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship    
MACC 501 Communications and Ethics for Accounting Professionals Required Required
MACC 502 Leadership in an Accounting Team Environment Required Required
MACC 503 Negotiations: Strategy, Practice and Ethics Required Required
MACC 532 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting    
MACC 563 State and Local Taxation   Required
MACC 580 International Accounting Standards (study abroad class taken concurrently with MACC 581)    
MACC 581 European Accounting Business Environment (study abroad class taken concurrently with MACC 580)    
MACC 594 Taxation, Policies and Procedures    
MACC 598 Professional Accountancy Internship    

*For MACC, select seven additional elective classes with approval from the academic program director.
For example, MACC 522 and MACC 540 during Fall; MACC 520 during Intersession; MACC 525, MACC 530, and MACC 531 during Spring; and MACC 532 during Summer. Electives will vary by student.

**For MTAX, select two additional elective classes with approval from the academic program director.