2021-2022 Course Catalog

Master of Accounting (MAcc)


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The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is designed to help prepare students with or without an accounting background to take advantage of the many opportunities available in the field of accounting while providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary for taking the CPA and/or the CMA examinations. Whether a student desires to work in private industry, the not-for-profit sector, or governmental entities, a degree in accounting can lead to a dynamic career with skills that are highly valued in the marketplace. The MAcc is a flexible program designed to fit the student’s career goals and is available to college graduates of all majors. To sit for the CPA exam you will need: 150 credits in total of post-secondary education including at least 36 credits of accounting-related subjects.

Undergraduate degree, 12 credits of college-level accounting courses or the equivalent, proficiency in written and oral communications, college level math and computer usage, including word processing, spread sheets, databases, and the Internet, are required.

Program Design:
The MAcc requires students to take 30 graduate credits. Eight courses (24 credits) are required core courses, and two (6 credits) are electives which students can choose based on educational needs and career interests.

Admission Requirements


  • Students can begin the MAcc program in Fall or Spring, but only students with all college pre-requisites are permitted to start in the Spring semester.
  • Application Requirements

    Applicants to the MA in Accounting program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

    • Completed online application form
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Admissions essay (500 words) - Please explain why you are interested in pursuing a MAcc degree at this point in your career. Specifically, how will this degree impact your future personal and career goals? Why did you choose to apply the Chatham MAcc program and what will you contribute to the classroom/team experience?

    Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
    Chatham University
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Woodland Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
    Fax:  (412) 365-1609
    Email: graduate@chatham.edu

    International Applicants

    International Applicants to the MA in Accounting program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.

    A list of these documents can be found on the Graduate Admissions Requirement for International Students page.


    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Financial Accounting 1
    • Intermediate Accounting 1
    • Intermediate Accounting 2
    • Federal Tax Accounting
    • * If admitted, you can take these courses before the start or in conjunction with the start of the MAcc program.

    Admission Process

    After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the program utilizes a holistic approach in reviewing the candidate's entire application. This process is intended to seek talented and qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Taking multiple factors into consideration during our admissions process positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent. This approach includes an evaluation of each candidate’s academic achievement as well as their personal characteristics, attributes and experiences.

    Applicants will be informed by the Office of Admissions about whether or not they have been accepted into the MAcc program.

    Integrated Degree Program

    Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.

    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of master’s level programs acquire a depth of knowledge in accounting that exceeds that of the typical bachelor’s degree graduate along with a general knowledge of how business functions.

    The Master of Accounting program is designed to improve the critical thinking, communication, and technical skills for graduates, increasingly required by employers seeking technically qualified accountants. The primary goals of the Master of Accounting degree are:

    • Provide students with advanced technical skills in accounting to help successfully complete the CPA and CMA exams and assume leadership roles in various types of organizations.
    • Provide students with the necessary communication and critical thinking skills to achieve success in the accounting profession.
    • Enable students to prepare, interpret, and analyze all types of financial reports.
    • Enable students to solve new and emerging accounting problems in a global perspective through researching the discipline–specific professional standards or code.
    • Enhance awareness that ethics plays a primary role in all areas of the accounting discipline and performing one’s professional duties in an ethical manner is a professional responsibility.

    Graduates of the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program will be able to:

    1. Communicate professionally as a business leader both orally and in writing to bridge diverse perspectives, cultures, and disciplines
    2. Analyze ethical implications of business practices using advanced levels of ethical reasoning
    3. Formulate and execute analytical solutions to business problems using appropriate accounting techniques
    4. Prepare professional analysis which demonstrates theoretical and technical competency in the professional field of accounting


    +Degree Requirements

    Prerequisites: 12 credits or equivalent

    ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

    This course represents an introduction to accounting principles including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

    ACT322 Intermediate Accounting I

    This course engages the student in a comprehensive study of generally accepted accounting principles as they relate to the measurement and reporting of assets and income. Students will examine the nature, composition, valuation, and classification of balance sheet items.

    ACT323 Intermediate Accounting II

    This course is a comprehensive study of generally accepted accounting principles as they relate to the measurement and reporting of various liability and equity accounts. Students examine the nature, composition, valuation, and classification of these accounts as well as important financial reporting concepts, proper financial statement presentation, and related disclosures.

    ACT324 Individual Tax Accounting

    The primary emphasis of the course is on the income taxation of individuals, but the course also includes an overview of the federal taxation of other forms of business organization (e.g., corporations, partnerships). The focus of the course is on developing knowledge of tax law and its application.


    +Core Courses

    24 credits

    ACT540 Government and Non-Profit Accounting

    This course's focus is upon the principles of fund accounting and the financial reporting, budgeting and auditing of both public and private not-for-profit organizations. Particular attention is given to accounting procedures for the activities of state and local governments, but the course also considers other not-for-profit entities.

    ACT545 Accounting Theory

    This course encourages students to take a conceptual view of accounting, urging them to get beyond the process and to grasp the reasoning behind the accounting procedures. The focus is upon what it means for accounting to be a source of information and providing a framework for evaluating accounting alternatives.

    ACT573 Business Law and Ethics

    This course provides students with a broad-based understanding of legal issues that affect modern businesses. The course covers the following substantive law areas: Choice of Entity, Corporate Governance, Raising Money, Securities Regulation, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Intellectual Property and Employment Law.

    ACT580 Accounting Information Systems

    This course examines critical business processes and IT audits through theories of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and using auditing tools and enterprise systems. Case analyses and project assignments nurture professional competence in communicating objectives and procedures through systems documentation techniques, systems analysis and design methodologies, and information processing.

    ACT620 Advanced Financial Accounting

    This course introduces the student to many advanced financial accounting issues. Includes the application of GAAP rules for consolidation of inter-corporate acquisitions and investments in other entities, multi-national accounting issues involving foreign currency transactions and translation of foreign entity statements, accounting for partnerships, and segment and interim reporting requirements.

    ACT625 Cost Analysis

    Cost Analysis introduces students to the role cost considerations play in management decision making. Topics include the classification and allocation of costs, job order and process costing, standard costs, budgeting and planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and using costs as performance measurements.

    ACT630 Advanced Tax Accounting

    This course is designed to introduce students to advanced strategies in taxation. The course's focus is upon how tax research is performed and the basic concepts underlying the strategic tax planning. Tax issues associated with new businesses, business operation, growth, expansion, termination, and liquidations and estate planning are examined.

    ACT699 Forensic Accounting

    Focuses on preventing, detecting, and investigating common types of internal and external fraud. Designed to cultivate advanced understanding methods of analysis of financial crime allegations. Provides the culminating experience of Chatham University's MAcc program. Should be one of the last courses taken in the MAcc Program.



    Choose 6 credits below

    ACT512 Auditing

    This course engages the student in a comprehensive study of auditing objectives, standards, and procedures employed in the examination of business enterprises and verification of their financial statements. Topics include an evaluation of internal control, preparation of work papers, report writing, professional ethics, and current auditing trends.

    BUS540 Leadership for Change in Healthcare Organizations

    Focuses on the needs of health care leaders to take health care delivery into the future through innovative initiatives. Includes: variables impacting health care delivery systems; reimbursement and funding for design change; managing competition; creating the health care delivery system of the future; and managing human and financial resources.

    BUS570 Global Business

    This course introduces students to international business and management by studying cultural influences, government, and business structures in our global economy. Students also learn about trade relations, international finance and legal and labor agreements. Also covered, are topics on information needs, production systems, marketing and promotion, and career planning.

    BUS576 Sustainable Human Capital

    Cultivate theoretical understanding and ethical and practical skills for managing human capital. Explore individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis focusing on topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision making, culture, power, and politics. Analyze the effectiveness of tools for talent acquisition and development, such as compensation, feedback, and assessment.

    BUS623 Strategic Performance for Executives

    This course will cover issues specific to business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

    BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

    This course provides students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

    BUS672 Corporate Finance

    This course deepens an understanding of financial analysis tools and concepts. Students will learn how and when to use the financial-analytical tools required to make effective business and policy decision. Functional areas addressed are assessing financial health, planning financial performance, interpretation of data and recommendations, supply-chain management.