Master of Accounting (MAcc)

The Program

The program includes a mix of technical accounting courses, soft skill development, and the integration of knowledge in strategy courses. The MAcc program will prepare you for a career in professional accounting where you must have technical accounting expertise and the ability to apply this knowledge in complex accounting and organizational programs. At the end of the MAcc program, you’ll be ready to tackle the Common Final Exam.

What to Expect

While the technical material will be delivered primarily in a lecture format, the majority of the learning will be through application of knowledge and in-class discussion. Team-based learning will be encouraged in most courses. Case studies will be used extensively and guest speakers will be brought in to enhance the learning experience. 

The MAcc covers all the material of the Professional Education Program as well as supporting courses in Strategy, Negotiations, and Project Management. These courses help round out your overall knowledge base and are areas identified by employers as key skills. This gives you an advantage and helps you stand out amongst your peers. 

Course Descriptions

  • ACCTG 601: Case Studies in Accounting

    Develops students' competence in analyzing case studies in financial and managerial accounting. Topics covered include identification of financial and managerial reporting needs, preparation of financial reports, planning budgeting and forecasting, governance, and enterprise risk management.

  • FIN 625: Finance for MAcc

    Intended for students pursuing the CPA designation, this course looks at derivatives, hedging and risk management.

  • ACCTG 625: Performance Management

    Addresses advanced topics in performance management including identification of organizational reporting systems to meet strategic goals, cost management, and measurement of performance on both an organizational and individual level.

  • ACCTG 630: Valuation

    Develops students' competence in analyzing financial statements and using financial information to make investment decisions, both equity and debt. The primary thrust of the course is aimed at equity investments. Students learn a five step process of analysis for equity investments: (1) An examination of the firm's industry, markets and strategy, (2) An evaluation of the firm's accounting policies and their impact on the financial reports, (3) Applying fundamental analysis to assess financial strengths and weaknesses, (4) Forecasting future earnings and cash flows, and (5) Applying valuation models to assess the current price.

  • SMO 610: Manager as Strategist

    This course is designed to develop critical thinking skills for executives. The course provides an overview of the substantive areas of management including human resources, leadership, organizational behaviour and strategy skills.

  • OM 624: Project Management

    Examines project management including investigation and analysis, scope definition, resource analysis and estimation, timing estimation, cost estimation, scheduling, monitoring, and implementation.

  • ACCTG 657: Advanced Auditing

    Covers advanced topics in internal control/audit, external assurance engagements, audit and assurance service planning, and preparation of financial reports. Analysis of accounting policies and transactions and the role of audit committees and other corporate governance mechanisms will be discussed.

  • ACCTG 662: Strategic Tax Planning

    The course provides a general economic background to embed the consideration of tax provisions in organizational decision-making. The concepts learnt should be applicable and transferable to different tax regimes. Applications include showing how better decisions can be made by applying tax planning concepts and knowledge of specific tax regimes to investment decisions, compensation planning, choice of organizational form, and mergers and acquisitions. International tax planning is also covered.

  • OM 604: Bargaining and Negotiations

    This course is a blend of both experiential learning and theory with the objective of making the student more effective in all types of bargaining. A study of positive theories on how to improve negotiation skills will be combined with analytical models of the game theoretic structure of bargaining. Through this mix of theories and several case studies and bargaining exercises, students will see both the opportunities for joint gain (win-win) and the constraints which can lead to inferior outcomes.

  • ACCTG 688: CPA Capstone 1

    Covers topics as required for the Capstone 1 module of the CPA Professional Education Program.

  • ACCTG 689: CPA Capstone 2

    Covers topics as required for the Capstone 2 module of the CPA Professional Education Program.