Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Start your accounting career with a strong competitive edge by earning a Master of Accounting degree.

If you're looking for a way to enhance your accounting degree, a Master of Accounting degree may be the perfect fit. The UNI MAcc program emphasizes applied accounting research skills, communication skills, problem-solving and other skills and knowledge required to be a successful in the fields of public accounting, business and government. Completion of the UNI MAcc program also satisfies Iowa's 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure.

Our Master of Accounting is the first STEM-designated program in Iowa. As part of the designation, international students qualify for 3 years of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Accounting graduate student working with professor

For CPA 

Ranked as one of the top schools for CPA pass rate according to AccountingToday (2019). 


CPA Pass

Our accounting graduates pass the CPA at a much higher rate compared to the state average of 33%. 



Starting salaries for accounting majors range from $54k-$60k according to NACE (2019). 


Find out More About MAcc

Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with a master of accounting degree from the David W. Wilson business college.

Amy Igou, Ph.D., CMA

MAcc Graduate Program Coordinator


Accounting Careers

University of Northern Iowa’s accounting program will arm you with the skills to collect, analyze and interpret financial data so you can efficiently communicate the impact with decision-makers within the organization. Careers in accounting include:

  • Corporate Accountant
  • IRS Accountant
  • Non-Profit Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Auditor
  • Government Accountant
  • Controller/Comptroller
  • Budget Analyst
  • FBI Agent
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Entertainment Accountant
  • Sports Accountant

Accounting Courses

UNI is nationally known as a top institution for CPA professionals because we tie professional-level exam preparation into the curriculum. If you plan to practice as a CPA you’ll be responsible for completing a predetermined amount of semester hours. Iowa and most states require 150 credit hours to become a CPA. Typical CPA and non-CPA career track courses include:

  • Financial Accounting Theory and Analysis
  • Business Law for the Professional Accountant
  • Advanced Accounting Systems
  • Cost Management
  • Fraud Examination
  • Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

The CPA Success Index ranks the University of Northern Iowa as one of the best schools in the nation for students who want to pass the CPA exam.


Next Steps

Why UNI MAcc?

The UNI MAcc program, which has a competitive selection process, offers smaller class sizes where you will work in teams making presentations, performing research, doing financial statement analysis and completing a variety of writing assignments. All classes unique to the MAcc are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty members who have significant experience in their discipline and in practice.