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Master of Accountancy


The Master of Accountancy program at LSU (MAcc) is a fifth-year professional program, the objective of which is to provide students with a greater understanding of accounting and business than is possible in an undergraduate program. The MAcc student will develop superior technical accounting knowledge, strong analytical skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and highly developed interpersonal skills. The program prepares students for careers as professional accountants in public practice, industry, financial institutions, government, and nonprofit organizations. 
The MAcc requires 30 hours of non-thesis course work. The program is primarily designed for those with undergraduate preparation in accounting; however, exceptional candidates from other disciplines may be considered. Upon completion of the program, you should have completed Louisiana's 150-hour educational requirement for the CPA examination.

Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the MAcc program is competitive, with a faculty review process determining admission. The minimum admission requirements are:
  • Admission to the Louisiana State University Graduate School.
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The average GMAT score for candidates accepted to LSU's MSA program over the last year is approximately 570. The minimum acceptable GMAT score is 500. 
  • An acceptable GPA. The average GPA in accounting for candidates accepted into LSU's MAcc program over the last year is approximately 3.4, and the overall GPA average is 3.5. The minimum acceptable overall GPA is 3.2.
  • The completion of an undergraduate degree in accounting, or the equivalent, at a four-year accredited institution.
  • Each applicant should either have an undergraduate degree in accounting (or the equivalent), or an undergraduate degree other than accounting, but have completed the following (or equivalent to the following) pre-requisite courses: 

             Economics 2035 - Money, Banking, and Macroeconomic Activity (has pre-requisites)
             Accounting 3001 - Intermediate Accounting Part 1  (has pre-requisites)
             Accounting 3021 - Intermediate Accounting Part 2 *
             Accounting 3221 - Income Tax Accounting *
             Accounting 3121 - Cost Analysis and Control *
             Accounting 3122 - Accounting Information Systems *
             Accounting 3222 - Auditing **

             * Intermediate Accounting Part 1 is a pre-requisite for these courses
             ** Accounting Information Systems is a pre-requisite for this course


Application Procedure

Application to the MAcc program begins with an application to the LSU Graduate School. You may apply online or contact the LSU Graduate School at 225-578-2311 for more information. The LSU Graduate School will forward your completed application to the Department of Accounting for admission consideration. The Department of Accounting does not require a writing sample or a statement of purpose.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for submitting an application for consideration into the MAcc program is October 15th for Spring entry and March 15th for Summer and Fall entry. The application must be complete, including the GMAT score and all letters of recommendation, to be considered. No applications will be evaluated before these dates. After these dates, applications may be considered on a rolling basis.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from applicants who are not undergraduate accounting majors at LSU. Letters of recommendation do not have to be on any particular form and may be submitted online at the LSU Graduate School or sent directly to the MAcc Program Advisor at the address below. Applicants who are undergraduate accounting majors at LSU may submit letters of recommendation if they wish.

Degree Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses, including a minimum of 15 hours of accounting courses. Electives must be approved by the advisor of the MSA program. An outline of the course requirements can be found under curriculum.


Students interested in concentrating their focus in certain specializations can do so. The MAcc program offers specializations in Internal Audit, Financial Reporting and Assurance Services, Taxation Services, and Forensic Accounting Services. Please see curriculum for more information on the specializations.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for full-time students, which require 10 hours of work per week. If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, you may complete and return the application that will be included with your notification of acceptance into the MSA program.

Internship Option

In an effort to prepare our students for the world of professional accounting, the Department of Accounting is offering its accounting majors the option of earning both a bachelors and masters degree and completing a spring internship in a five-year period. For more information on internships, see Internships and Employment.

CPA Examination

For information about the CPA exam, contact the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana.

Related Links: 

Learning Objectives
LSU Graduate School
LSU Gradaute School Admissions


For more information, please contact:

Masters Advisor
E. J. Ourso College of Business
Louisiana State University
Business Education Complex, Room 2825
Nicholson Extension
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6219

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