University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Accounting Master's Degree

The Master of Accountancy program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen career path in public practice, industry, or government.

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Students completing the Master of Accounting program will be able to access and apply appropriate standards, regulations, and other information needed to address accounting and business problems.

Students will understand business risk, how it affects decisions, and how to create strategies to mitigate risk. In addition, they will be able to identify problems, consider alternative solutions, and analyze the pros and cons of each alternative to support their conclusions.

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Career Outlook

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Courses and Schedule

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Just the Facts: Master of Accountancy

Program Length

One year

Students typically begin the program in the Fall semester and complete the degree in the following May.

Start Date

Fall or Spring

New cohorts begin each Fall Semester for this degree program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test


A valid GMAT exam is required for admission review. This would include any students previously admitted to the Integrated Master of Accountancy program who wish to pursue the MACC degree program. Please review our full master’s admissions catalog policy.

Application Deadline

March 1

Total Program Cost


Additional tuition costs applied for out-of-state and international students.
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Master of Accountancy Students.

Career Outlook

The accounting department at the Walton College enjoys strong relationships with corporate partners. These corporate connections are enhanced through networking events, speaking events, and academic activities – culminating in employment opportunities.

CPA: Certified Public Accountant Exam

A University of Arkansas Master of Accountancy degree qualifies you to sit for the CPA exam in Arkansas.

The CPA exam's primary purpose is to establish the technical credentials of those wishing to be licensed as public accountants. If you plan a career in public accounting, taking the CPA exam is a must. In addition, the CPA license is so widely recognized as a credential that many accountants who work in industry or government take the CPA exam as part of their effort to become licensed as CPAs.

While the CPA exam is the same across the nation, the requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary by state.

While your focus as a student is naturally on taking a certification exam, remember that this is just a step towards professional certification. In addition to passing a certification exam, there are additional requirements (e.g., experience requirements, continuing education requirements) for professional certification or licensing that you also must fulfill after graduation.

Learn more: Department of Accounting: Certification Exams

Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

Career Connections


Courses and Program Schedule

The Walton MAcc is a 30-hour program designed to be completed in one year. Depending upon their backgrounds and prior coursework, students typically begin the program in the Fall semester and complete the degree in the following May. Students needing additional prerequisites may choose to complete the program in 3-4 semesters. The following provides a two-semester plan.

Program Schedule

Core Courses12 credit hours
Select at least 9 hours from the following (at least 3 hours must include an ACCT course) 9 credit hours
Select up to 9 hours of general graduate business electives as approved by the program director. 9 credit hours

View more in-depth details in the MAcc Program catalog listing.


AACSB Accreditation

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting.


The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton alumni are closely connected to the college, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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