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Master of Accountancy Professional Track Online

With this recession-proof degree, prepare to sit for the CPA exam while equipping yourself with professional accounting knowledge applicable to any business discipline.

10/06/22 Next Application Due Date
10/19/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Learn more about our online MAcc degree

$15,180 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Develop skills for career mobility and professional stability with the online Master of Accountancy Professional Track program from Northern Kentucky University. This valuable accounting master’s degree is designed to challenge and polish your ability to interpret and analyze financial information, monitor finances, become a trusted adviser to companies and clients, and chart courses for the future.

Ideal for students who already have an undergraduate accounting background, this online accountancy degree program enables you to earn valuable semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam. Prior to enrollment, you should check specific licensure requirements in your state.

Selected courses were developed in partnership with Becker Professional Education, a leading CPA examination preparation company, to mirror the financial and regulation sections of the exam. As a student in this online accounting master’s degree program, you will receive a discount on review materials and learn real-world applications from highly qualified faculty, many of which have extensive experience as practicing CPAs.

In this online degree in accountancy program, you will:

  • Build expertise in accounting analytics, strategic management accounting, ethics, research, standard setting, and practice
  • Prepare for CPA practice in the areas of regulation, financial accounting and reporting, auditing, and attestation
  • Gain a foundation in the methodology, sources, and analysis of tax research, and build on this knowledge by choosing specialized electives in corporate, partnership, and/or individual taxation
  • Learn to apply accounting concepts to mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, and partnerships

The Haile College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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Discover the value of our low-cost tuition

The Master of Accountancy online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$506 Per Credit Hour
$15,180 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees*
Master of Accountancy Professional Track $490 $480 $15,180

*Excludes fees for Becker review preparation


Review the schedule for our online program

The Master of Accountancy is delivered in a convenient online format, with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/06/22 Apply By
10/19/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/22/2022 08/10/2022 08/15/2022 08/19/2022 08/22/2022 10/07/2022
Fall 2 10/19/2022 10/06/2022 10/11/2022 10/14/2022 10/19/2022 12/09/2022
Spring 1 01/09/2023 01/03/2023 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 01/09/2023 02/24/2023
Spring 2 03/13/2023 03/01/2023 03/06/2023 03/09/2023 03/13/2023 04/28/2023

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


Understand the details of our admissions criteria

The admission process is the first step toward earning your Master of Accountancy online from NKU. Requirements for admission include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
2.8 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Accounting background including sufficient prior coursework in accounting

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MAcc Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting that includes completion of two introductory accounting courses and one intermediate accounting course
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher
  • If you have a GPA lower than 2.8, you may be considered for admission to the program. Please submit evidence of preparedness for a rigorous specialty graduate program. This should include a statement regarding your motivation for pursuing a MAcc (no more than 250 words) as well as one or more of the following:
    • A current resume with evidence of work experience
    • Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Other evidence of preparedness
  • If an international applicant, IBT, TOEFL or equivalent with a minimum score of 550 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 must be submitted to the NKU Office for International Students and Scholar Services

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Discover what you’ll learn in your online Master of Accountancy course

For the Master of Accountancy Professional Track online program, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of core courses (including a capstone) and nine credit hours of electives. Before entering this program, you must complete two introductory accounting courses and one intermediate accounting course.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Accounting for mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, and partnerships.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on methodology and sources of tax research. Examined are tax analysis research, policy implications, behavioral aspects, and use of quantitative analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced knowledge concerning principles and practice of auditing, reading of auditing standards, analysis of cases involving auditing, and procedures in the conduct of an audit by a CPA. Examines functions and responsibilities, internal control, statistical sampling, reporting, information technology auditing, statistical sampling, legal responsibilities, audit and attestation reports, and ethics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of topical areas covered in the Uniform CPA examinations in Regulation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of topical areas covered in the Uniform CPA examinations in Financial Accounting & Reporting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on using management accounting information to support key strategic management issues and decision-making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topics covered include the latest innovations in accounting and application of contemporary analytics to discover value-added insights for a range of organizations in various accounting-related settings.

Students must choose three of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of investigative accounting procedures and techniques used in litigation support. Topics to be covered include financial reporting fraud, employee fraud, income reconstruction methods, business damage calculations, damages for personal injury, testifying as an expert witness, evidence management, and business valuations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Concepts of partnership taxation including contributions of property and services. Partner basis, partnership liabilities, distributions sales or exchanges of partner’s interest. Election of S corporation status, distribution to shareholders, liquidation, sales of corporation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Corporate taxation and topics concerning organization of the corporation, capital structure, debt vs. equity, stock redemption, liquidations, corporate divisions, corporate reorganization.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Executive compensation planning, deferred compensation, fringe benefits, options, alternative minimum tax, passive activities, deductions available to individuals and grantor trusts.

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