Master of Accountancy

Master of Accountancy | Graduate

The Howard University Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is a specialized advanced graduate-level business program focused on preparing graduates for successful careers in corporate accounting, governmental accounting, non-profit accounting, auditing, and advisory and consulting services.

The curriculum prepares students, in a significant fashion, for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination through intensive and challenging coursework during the 30-hour program.

States demand 150 hours, normally a fifth year of accounting education, to sit for the examination.

Our program provides the required additional coursework, while allowing students to concurrently earn the prestigious MAcc degree.

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.A.
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with a $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript showing the award of a bachelor's degree in accounting
  • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in (college-level) accounting courses
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one from a previous accounting instructor)
  • Statement of Interest (no more than 2 pages)
  • Autobiographical Sketch (one page)
  • GMAT test scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS score, if requested

Degree Requirements

Ten 3-credit courses will comprise the 30-credit hour program:

  • Advanced Auditing 
  • Advanced Cost Accounting 
  • Business Ethics for Accounting and Auditors 
  • Business Law II
  • Corporate Financial Reporting 
  • Entity Taxation 
  • Governmental Accounting 
  • Macroeconomics
  • Seminar in Accounting
  • Statistics 


Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

Howard University Graduate School 
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
4th and College Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059

Center for Accounting Education

CAE is a nationwide organization based at Howard University that addresses unique challenges young African Americans face when entering the accounting profession by offering programs and resources that prepare them to succeed. CAE addresses the corporate diversity challenge by attracting more African Americans to the profession and improving their retention and upward mobility through outreach, leadership skills training, thought leadership papers, scholarships to accounting students, and support of faculty development. Well-designed programs serve accounting professionals at all levels: students considering an accounting career, accountants starting their career, and those preparing for the CPA exam, middle managers, and potential senior leaders.