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Accounting

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The master of accountancy (MAcy) program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education. Less than 5% of the world’s accounting programs hold this status by meeting specific standards of excellence and demonstrating superior quality programs.

The MAcy program offers student-centered programs that encourage thoughtful appreciation of the ethical implications of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.


All McCoy College degree programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting degree programs also hold separate accreditation by AACSB.


 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:
 

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kasey Martin
businessgraduate@txstate.edu
512.245.2566
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 431


Advisor Support
Laurie Brown
lb1353@txstate.edu
512.245.3897
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 433

Graduate Co-Advisor
Dr. William Chittenden
businessgraduate@txstate.edu
512.245.3591
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

“The accounting department does a great job of preparing us for what’s to be expected in our professional careers. Professors at McCoy definitely opened my mind, but they also provide students with a well-rounded experience, shaping the full individual and not just their intellect. ˮ

– Aundrèa Mathis, MAcy ’15, Audit Associate, Deloitte

Course Work

This program requires undergraduate accounting background course work before applying to the program and while enrolled. (Most undergraduate accounting degrees meet these requirements.) The MAcy degree requires 15 hours of core courses and 15 hours of business and accounting electives. Core courses include studies in financial accounting, tax, research, and ethics. The program offers three areas of specialization with electives to be selected from a set of accounting and business courses. No thesis is required. The core courses meet the research and ethics requirement to take the CPA exam in Texas. Additionally, courses in the program can be used to satisfy the 150-hour education requirement in Texas.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Acy* No concentration 30 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Acy Auditing 30 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Acy Information Technology 30 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Acy Taxation 30 Non-Thesis No minor

  Current Texas State students with in the undergraduate accounting program with at least 90 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work are eligible to apply for the B.B.A./M.Acy 5-year integrated program.

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The Big-4, mid-tier, regional and local firms frequently recruit current students for accounting internships and full-time positions. Graduates are hired in public accounting firms and companies throughout the region and beyond.

Program Mission

The MAcy program provides a student-centered learning community that prepares a diverse student population for professional success, creates and values research and other intellectual contributions, and provides service to the profession, university, and community.

The program provides instruction and curricula emphasizing critical thinking, communication skills, and the use of technology that prepares students for the changing accounting environment. The primary goal of the program is to enable students to develop strong conceptual foundations, technical skills, and ethical decision-making practices that prepare graduates for professional licensure and certification and future leadership roles in businesses and organizations.

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Program Faculty

The Department of Accounting has research faculty who publish in diverse areas of accounting including auditing, financial accounting, fraud, managerial accounting, governmental accounting, and tax. Faculty members’ research has been published in top-tier journals including the Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Accounting Horizons, Auditing, and Behavioral Research in Accounting. Faculty engage in research and intellectual contributions that impact the practice of accounting, enhance the understanding of the accounting discipline, and improve the process of educating future accountants.

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Career Options

The program prepares students for careers in the following areas:

  • public accounting as an auditor, tax professional, forensic accountant, or business consultant
  • industry as an internal auditor, controller, financial analyst, or chief financial officer
  • government as an IRS agent, FBI agent, or defense contract auditor
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • education as an accounting academic

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements


Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I April 1 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

Application

  Review important information about the online application.


Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work*

*Before applying to the program, applicants must have completed either:

Texas State undergraduate accounting majors with at least an overall 3.2 GPA and a 3.4 GPA in upper-level accounting courses and who earn an “A” the first time taking ACC 3313 and a “B” or better in one additional upper-level accounting course may apply to the graduate program before completing ACC 3314 and additional upper-level accounting courses.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.


GRE or GMAT Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) or GMAT required with competitive scores

  The GRE or GMAT requirement may be waived for Texas State accounting undergraduate students who:

  1. earned a minimum of a 3.2 GPA or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  2. earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA or higher in upper-level accounting courses
  3. provided at least two forms of recommendation from Texas State faculty

  Review important information about official test scores.


Documents

  • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
    1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
    2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
    3. optional personal statement: in cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State Universit 
  • resume/CV detailing your work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • two forms of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

  The essay requirement may be waived for Texas State accounting undergraduate students. Read additional information below. 

  Read additional information below about the program's admissions review process.

  Review important information about documents.


TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.


Additional Information

  Essay Waiver
The essay requirement may be waived for Texas State accounting undergraduate students who:

  1. earned a minimum of a 3.2 GPA or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  2. earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA or higher in upper-level accounting courses
  3. provided at least two forms of recommendation from Texas State faculty

  Admissions Review Process
Admission to all graduate business degree programs is competitive and designed to identify those who have the ability, interest, and maturity to manage the rigors of the programs as well as the potential for future professional growth; therefore, the admissions committee will carefully consider all aspects of your professional and academic background. The admissions committee will also closely review the qualitative elements of your application, such as letters of recommendation, quality of written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors, and achievements, and other personal characteristics that will enhance diversity in academic programs.