Rice Business Masters in Accounting (MAcc)

The world’s financial markets are demanding greater corporate transparency and higher quality financial reporting. As a result, there is a need for highly educated accounting professionals with critical thinking skills and integrity. Come be a part of it!

Why is now an exciting time for professional accountants?

  • Globalization of capital markets
  • Worldwide movement toward one accounting language
  • Shift from rules-based to judgment-based accounting standards
  • Technology-driven corporate reporting
  • Emergence of non-financial and environmental stewardship reporting
  • Excellent employment opportunties

Why the Rice MAcc?

The Rice Masters of Accounting (MAcc) program opens the door to a strong starting salary, an accelerated timetable for professional advancement, a network to accounting professionals and the lifelong prestige of holding a CPA license. You are taught by many of the same faculty who teach in Rice’s top-ranked MBA programs, and you benefit from an accomplished and supportive alumni network. Beyond financial, tax, and managerial accounting courses, you take courses in finance, economics, business law, data analytics, information systems, and ethics. The Rice MAcc gets you educationally qualified to sit for the CPA exam in Texas and most other states.

As a graduate of the Rice MAcc, you will excel in your ability to synthesize across disciplinary areas and comprehend complex ideas, along with possessing strong oral and written communication skills, a global perspective, and an ethical mindset.

​What is the program structure?

  • Full-time, cohort-based, two-semester program
  • Just 10 months of coursework – August through May – to launch a career in business
    • Plus, for students who need to catch up on prerequisite courses, a pre-term summer session
  • Curriculum tailored for students with non-accounting undergraduate academic backgrounds
  • Classes are held in Rice’s business school building, McNair Hall, mostly during daytime hours
  • Challenging coursework taught by world-class accounting faculty
  • Gain not only the technical knowledge needed to pass the CPA exam, but also an interdisciplinary understanding of how business and accounting interact
  • Spend a week in Washington, DC, experiencing first-hand how public policy and accounting mix. Meet with reps from institutions such as the Executive Branch and Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and others