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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Accounting

The MACY degree incorporates six required theoretical and applied courses to prepare students for a career as a professional accountant. Four elective courses allow students to further tailor their program to an area of interest.

With a constant demand for well-trained and certified accountants in both the private and public sectors, a master’s degree has become a required credential for entry into the public accounting profession.

Flexible Entry

The Master of Accountancy (MACY) degree is designed to accommodate applicants with a degree in any field. Applicants must either complete the equivalent of a B.B.A. degree in accounting from an accredited institution or must enroll in the MACY core courses plus certain accounting courses set out by the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Accounting. Students whose background is in business, but who have completed MACY core courses or their equivalents seven or more years before entering the program, may be required by the MACY Admissions Committee to successfully complete or test out of the MACY core courses. MACY core courses may be taken simultaneously with the MACY requirements, subject to course prerequisites and approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Accounting.

CPA Examination

The Master of Accountancy is the most expeditious way for students to complete the 150 credit hour educational requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accountant Examination in Texas. A typical undergraduate student (120 hours), regardless of prior major, can reach the 150 credit hour limit and meet the accounting coursework requirements (30 hours) to sit for the exam by completing the MACY program.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Accountancy (MACY)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GMAT Required scores not older than five years. Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
  Purpose Statement Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Accountancy (MACY)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority April 1 October 1 March 1
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 15 December 1 April 15

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


The Majority of UTSA’s MACY students are employed full-time while pursuing their graduate degrees. To meet the needs of these busy professionals, classes are offered during the evenings. Special scheduling of courses during spring semesters allows MACY students to complete internships and also maintain full-time graduate status.

Graduate Advisor of Record

James Aviles

210-458-7315

james.aviles@utsa.edu