120 Undergraduate Credit Hours and 30 Graduate Credit Hours
The MAcc program helps prepare students to take the CPA exam. Graduates planning to pursue a CPA, should be prepared to abide by additional requirements when seeking CPA certification in the state of Florida or in the location they seek to be certified.
The principal objectives of the Master of Accountancy 3+2 degree program are to prepare you for a career as an Accounting Professional. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to become a CPA, and successfully pass the CPA exam. While many students aspire to take the CPA exam, students also pursue a MAcc to expand their understanding of accounting and advance their careers. In order to successfully meet the scheduling needs of the working student, classes are scheduled for the evening on Monday through Thursday or online, or as distance-enabled couses throughout the year—during the Fall semester, Spring semester, and two Summer terms. Students who apply and are approved for admission to the program may begin their enrollment during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.
Licensure and Certifications
PBA’s Master of Accountancy 3+2 program prepares graduates to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). For CPA licensure you must meet the education, examination, and experience requirements in the jurisdiction in which they plan to work. All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination ® (CPA Exam), which comprises four sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). While the CPA Exam is the same for all candidates, other requirements may differ by jurisdiction. Students should check with their specific Board of Accountancy for requirements in their state/jurisdiction. While it is beneficial to earn a Certified Public Accountant license, it is only required for graduates that are working in public accounting, the segment of the profession that reviews and audits the financial statements of public and private entities
3+2 MAcc Degree Requirements
Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here. The MAcc degree consists of 30 credit hours of graduate courses.
MAcc Admission Requirements
Undergraduate admissions requirements apply. To qualify for the graduate aspect of this program, students must apply to and be accepted in the MAcc. Students may apply as early as Spring of their junior year.
Program Learning Outcomes
“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.
- Students will demonstrate research skills to locate, interpret, and apply appropriate GAAP, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), and tax guidelines and rules.
- Students will analyze financial transactions, financial statements and related accounting disclosure in footnotes to financial statements.
- Students will analyze standard and complex business transactions and determine appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), GAAS, and tax rules and guidelines.
- Students will exhibit the ability to express a Christian worldview as it relates to business practices.
Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined below.
NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.
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Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Requirements - 43 Credit Hours
Accounting majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements as set out in the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program. The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Mathematics, Social Science, and Global Studies requirements are fulfilled through other courses in this major. Only 31 of the 43 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program will still be required for the completion of this program.
Required Business Core - 51 Credit Hours
Accounting Courses (27 Hours)
Additional Required Credit Hours - 11 Credit Hours
These additional hours may be fulfilled by a minor, second major, general electives taken concurrently, previous coursework taken at PBA or through transfer credits.
MAcc 3+2 Curriculum Requirements
The following courses of instruction are offered in the MAcc program. Undergraduate prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to course registration.
- ACG 5113 - Advanced Accounting Theory (3 Credit Hours)
- ACG 5123 - Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting (3 Credit Hours)
- ACG 5133 - Advanced Auditing (3 Credit Hours)
- ACG 5163 - Government & Not For Profit Accounting (3 Credit Hours)
- ACG 5153 - Financial Statement Analysis
- BUS 5313 - Legal Environment of Business (Can be taken in lieu of BUS 3293 Business Law II)
- Four MBA Courses (12 Credit Hours)