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2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Accountancy

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The Master of Accountancy Program is intended to prepare people with an undergraduate degree in business, or those who have successfully completed the equivalent undergraduate foundation in accounting, for a career in the public accounting profession. This program prepares future certified public accountants (CPAs) to exercise their developed technical competence and interpersonal skills with integrity. The Master of Accountancy program also satisfies the widely adopted 150-hour educational requirement for certification and license as a CPA.

Each state sets their own licensure requirements, so those interested in CPA licensure must follow the guidelines outlined by the state’s licensure board. A quick reference to each state’s requirements can be found on the AICPA website and is a good place to start. The program has been designed to satisfy the academic credit hour requirements for most states and the topical requirements of the CPA exam.

The program outcomes for the Master of Accountancy include the abilities to:

  • Think analytically and critically
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Apply concepts and principles to real world problems
  • Prepare for continuing professional development
  • Communicate with clarity and credibility
  • Act responsibly


Candidates must satisfactorily complete the 30 graduate credits, with an overall GPA of Saint Joseph’s College courses of 3.0 or higher.

About the Curriculum

The courses are intended to prepare accounting professionals with the knowledge and skills for effectiveness in practice, as well as, CPA exam success. The integrated interdisciplinary curriculum includes course work in Ethics, Leadership, and Accounting towards preparing its graduates for the next level in their career.


Courses are offered in five terms per year and are 10-weeks in length. This allows opportunity for students to engage and participate like they would in a traditional class but without the requirement of everyone being online at the same time or on the same day.


Admission Requirements

Matriculates in the MAcc program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally / nationally accredited academic institution, with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Preparatory Coursework

Successful completion (B- / 2.7 GPA or better) or other evidence of competency in of each of the following prior to graduate course (500 level and above) enrollment is required.  *In some cases, professional experience will be considered.  Students with undergraduate degrees who have not yet completed any or all of these courses may do so through our online offerings prior to enrolling in 500 level courses.  SJC courses are indicated in parentheses and include both campus and online courses.

  • Economics (EC 203, or, BA202)
  • Financial Accounting (AC 210)
  • Managerial Accounting (AC 211)
  • Business Finance (FI 301)
  • Federal Tax (Individual) (AC312)

Once the preparatory coursework has been successfully completed, students may enroll in the following intermediate accounting courses,sequentially.  These two courses do not qualify for professional experience consideration, but course completion(s) from elsewhere that meets the B- grade requirement may be transferred into the program. 

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II

*Applicants must also submit a resume or work history to supplement their application and allow for a comprehensive evaluation that takes professional credentials into consideration.


Scheduling of Preparatory and Intermediate Accounting Courses

No Prerequisites Required

 Prerequisite Sequence



AC210 Financial Accounting


AC211 Managerial Accounting

AC312 Federal Income Taxes

FI301 Financial Accounting


AC310 Intermediate Accounting I


AC311 Intermediate Accounting II

Suggested pairings for students who must take two courses per term:

AC210, BA202

AC211, AC312

FI301, AC310



Fast Track

Bachelor degree applicants who meet all of the admission and prerequisite requirements who elect to take two courses in each of the five ten week terms can complete the program in one year!

Learn more about the Fast Track to Master of Accountancy.

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