Accountancy (MS)

Graduate Program (MS)

Current industry trends show faster than average growth in the accounting field as new regulations and tighter lending standards increase the importance of financial audits. Xavier's newest graduate business program is helping to fill those positions as it is designed to prepare students for careers as outstanding and ethical professional accountants.

Admission Requirements



To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in Accountancy the following materials are required:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended sent directly from the institution; Electronic transcripts are also accepted.*
  • A current resume documenting work experience; the resume is uploaded to the application system.
  • Official GMAT test scores sent directly from the testing agency.
  • 3 recommendations, requested and submitted through the application system.

Please have all application materials sent directly to:

Xavier University
ATTN: Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati OH 45207-3221

You will be considered for admission into the program once all application materials have been received. Admission is rolling, allowing students to begin their MACC studies at many times throughout the academic year. While there is no formal application deadline, the following dates are recommended to ensure timely processing of your application materials and course registration:

  • Fall - Aug. 1
  • Spring - Dec. 1
  • Summer - April 1

* Students applying before completion of their undergraduate degree should submit an official transcript that includes all coursework to-date. A final transcript must be submitted after graduation, and before the beginning of the second MACC semester.

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International Admission

International Admission

Xavier University is a mid-sized Jesuit, Roman Catholic university in the city of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio in the mid-western United States. Approximately 3% of our graduate student population is international, representing countries such as Japan, France, Taiwan, Senegal, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, England, and India.
Application Process

Admission for International MACC students needing an F-1 visa requires the following. Students needing an F-1 visa must be fully admitted to enroll in the program. Xavier does not offer conditional admission to graduate business programs.

Complete an online application.

Send the following documents to Xavier:

  • Current resume or CV uploaded to your online application
  • Official GMAT scores sent directly from the testing service
  • ALL undergraduate/graduate transcripts, in English, sent directly from the University
  • Credential evaluation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing service*
  • 3 letters of recommendation, requested and submitted through the application system

Check your application status page for updates to your application and to see your decision letter. Your application will be considered once all materials have been received. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting your final item, please feel free to contact us. Once you have received an admission letter, proceed to Step 4.

In order to provide you with an I20, you must submit the following materials. For full details on these requirements, please visit the Xavier International Admission website.

  • Copy of passport
  • Official bank statement
  • Financial sponsor statement form
  • SEVIS Record transfer form (transfer students or those coming from an undergraduate institution in the United States only)

* English competency exam requirement can be waived if you have received a previous degree in the United States or have worked in the United States for at least 5 years.


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Curriculum requirements for the Master of Science in Accountancy vary based on a student's academic background. In general, a student with an accounting undergraduate degree will complete 30 credit hours; a student with a non-accounting business major will complete 33 and 42 credit hours. Before entering the program every student will meet with the Program director to determine his or her needs and create a plan for completing requirements.

Business Foundations

These courses are required for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or did not take equivalent courses at the undergraduate level. These courses are taken with MBA students.

  • FINC 550: Fundamentals of Finance
  • STAT 500: Business Statistics


These courses form the basis of knowledge on which the remainder of the degree will build. Students who are new to accounting may need to pursue additional non-credit preparation. These courses are required for all students who have not previously completed equivalent courses at the undergraduate level.

  • ACCT 305: Financial Analysis & Reporting I
  • ACCT 306: Financial  Analysis & Reporting II

Core Courses

All students will complete these courses, regardless of undergraduate major.*

  • BLAW 620: Law & Professional Ethics
  • MACC 611: Corporate Income Tax Reporting & Compliance or MACC 616 Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
  • MACC 625: Current Topics in Accounting Practice or MACC 631 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • MACC 612: Volunteer Income Tax Review and Advising
  • One MACC elective

* - Accounting students who successfully completed courses equivalent to Advanced Financial 


All students will complete five general electives. These electives will depend on the student's undergraduate major and whether the student elects a concentration. Electives are chosen in consultation with the M.S Program director. Those with non-business degrees will complete 1 Accounting elective only.

Optional Concentration 

Concentration are available in Business Analytics , Finance and Values-Based Leadership

  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
  • Special Topics in Accounting
  • Individual Readings & Research
  • Accounting Internship
General Business Electives

These electives are taken through the MBA program. This list is not comprehensive. Other electives may be approved by MACC faculty.

  • FINC 602: Investment Management
  • FINC 621: Options and Futures Markets
  • FINC 645: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FINC 651:Money and Capital Markets
  • INFO 655: Business Intelligence
  • INFO 680: Introduction to Data Mining for Managers
Additional Accounting Content

Students without undergraduate accounting degrees will complete these courses for additional accounting experience.

  • MACC 542: Auditing
  • MACC 511: Introduction to Taxation
  • MACC 595: Analysis of Accounting Systems
  • ACCT 550: Managerial Accounting

Sample Courses

Nonprofit & Governmental Accounting (MACC 515): - This course is designed to introduce students to financial reporting for governmental entities at the municipal, state and federal levels as well as nonprofit organizations.

Auditing Concepts & Practices (MACC 590): - This course examines the integrated audit process from the perspectives of standards, audit planning, internal controls, ethics and the application of sound judgment in the decision making process.

Corporate Income Tax Reporting & Compliance (MACC 611): - This course introduces students to issues related to federal income tax planning and compliance and financial reporting for C-corporations.

Fraud Examination (MACC 622): - This course is designed to enhance a student's understanding of the emerging field of fraud examination and forensic accounting. The course is intended for those interested in new and emerging areas of accounting.

Current Topics in Accounting Practice (MACC 625): - This course examines current developments in accounting practice. Students will learn to identify current trends, changes, problems and other events or issues, to understand them in their theoretical and historical context, and to understand the development of accounting standards and practices.

Advanced Financial Accounting (MACC 631): - This course is designed to enhance a student's understanding of the theory and practice of financial accounting. Topics include mergers and acquisitions, consolidated financial statements, foreign currency transactions and partnership accounting.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MS in Accountancy $825
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2020 though Spring 2021. For the full, official listing, please visit Xavier University reserves the right to correct any computational or clerical errors.

$63,500 median annual wage for accountants and auditors (BLS 2012)


median annual wage for accountants and auditors (BLS 2012)

Benefits of the MACC

real-world learning
Professionally Ready

Be prepared to sit for the CPA exam, the CMA exam, or other professional certifications.

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The Network

Connect with more than 18,000 Xavier alumni with graduate business degrees.

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Ethics and Values

Xavier's Jesuit identity encourages students to approach business with a strong ethical foundation.

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Reputation for Quality

Xavier is listed among the Best Business Schools by The Princeton Review and its part-time MBA is consistently ranked among the 100 Best by US News & World Report and BloombergBusinessweek.

The MACC Program

The MACC program is open to all students with an interest in the accounting field, regardless of their undergraduate major. Graduates become competent in the primary functional areas of accountancy: financial accounting, managerial accounting, audit, taxation and accounting information systems.

Students are prepared for careers in:

  • Assurance
  • Taxation
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Advisory services

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