Why Rice?

by the Master of Accounting Program Staff

Why you should choose Rice for your MAcc degree.


Open to ALL majors

Our Master of Accounting program is different than other graduate accounting programs in that it is tailored to students from varying undergraduate backgrounds. Rice MAcc students have undergraduate degrees in areas ranging from economics to music performance to English to engineering. We have found that this diversity in academic backgrounds creates a richer learning experience for everyone.

Earn your degree in only one year 

The Rice MAcc program requires only 10 months of coursework (August to May). In just one year, you’ll gain both the technical skills and soft skills needed to launch your business career. The Rice MAcc gets you educationally qualified to sit for the CPA exam through Texas and most other states. You will gain not only the technical knowledge needed to pass the CPA exam, but also an interdisciplinary understanding of how business and accounting interact.

Read our post how the Rice MAcc Opens Career Opportunities

You're not just another number

In the Rice MAcc, you are part of a community. Our intentionally small program enables you to connect with your fellow students and your professors on a personal level. Faculty members know your name and care about your well-being. This tightknit environment fosters enduring relationships and a culture of collaboration, which is key to your success in our fast-paced curriculum. Rice MAcc students are more than classmates — they're friends for life.

Student life at Rice Business is unique. The intimate campus and small student body lend themselves to close connections and strong collaboration with other students. The entire school is housed in one building, so everything students need is close by.

Welcome to Houston

Live, study and play on a spectacular tree-lined campus nestled in the heart of the country's most ethnically diverse urban area: Houston, Texas. The fourth-largest city in America is home to NASA, Fortune 500 companies, the largest medical center in the world, and an unparalleled food scene. Come see why this vibrant city has attracted one of the most diverse populations in the country. You’ll fit right in. Read more about all that Houston has to offer in our Life in Houston blog post.

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No matter the state of the economy, there will be a need for accountants. If you become fluent in the language of accounting, you will have job opportunities that others simply don’t. And regardless of advances in technology, you can rest assured that accounting will always be needed, so the demand for accountants isn’t going away.

Students in a classroom

The Rice MAcc continually revises its curriculum to ensure we provide our students a state-of-the-art education. We are excited to announce that, starting with this 2020-2021 academic year, we have introduced a sequence of data analytics courses to our curriculum