3 things you need to know about the Flexible Curriculum of Fisher MACC
This is Qingyuan again. In my first blog post this year, I mentioned the three aspects of the Fisher MAcc Difference, and I talked about Career Support in my last blog post.
In this blog post, I want to focus on the flexible and STEM-designated curriculum: out of the 31 credit hours required to graduate, there are only 10 hours of the core courses required, meaning that you can choose 21 credit hours of customized electives that can fit your personal and professional goals best. I want to highlight 3 benefits of the elective-driven curriculum below.
1. CPA eligible in 9 months: Many people choose to earn a Master of Accounting degree to meet the 150 credit hours required for the CPA exam. By choosing your electives at Fisher carefully, you will be able to achieve this goal in only nine months, even if you are a non-accounting major undergraduate. If you meet the minimum prerequisites required to apply for the program, you will be able to catch up by attending the Pre-MAcc Seminar.
You can find these 2 blogs written by my colleagues in the previous year: How-to-utilize-the-fisher-Macc-program-to-be-eligible-for-the-CPA-exam-in-another-state & Surviving-the-pre-Macc-seminar. (Please be aware that the requirement for the CPA exam by each state could have been changed when you view this blog. You should always proactively reach out to make sure you get the most updated and accurate information).
The key benefit is that you do not have to start the program early in the summer as a "non-accounting" undergraduate but still be eligible to catch up on most of the coursework in nine months for the CPA exam.
2. Data Analytics Innovation: The Fisher MAcc program allows one "to be savvy with data, skilled in analytics, and to possess the ability to think critically to translate data patterns and anomalies into meaningful business action. " One of the required cores for the program is ACCTMIS 6001 - Fundamentals of Accounting Data & Analytics, taught by Dr. John Draper. Other related courses you can choose from are ACCTMIS 7510 - Assurance Services and Information Quality, BUSOBA 7256 - Tools for Data Analysis, and BUSFIN 7221 - Financial Modeling (in order to take Financial Modeling, you need to take BUSFIN 6211 and BUSFIN 6212 first as your elective).
3. Expand your network: When you are entering the business world, you will need to work with and communicate effectively with people from other backgrounds. Thus, the Fisher MAcc program allows you to take courses with Fisher MBA, Human Resource Management, and Finance graduate students. Here is some popular coursework to choose from to build your leadership and communication skills: BUSMHR 7222 Advanced Topics in Leadership: Building Your Leadership Legacy, BUSMHR 7228 Introduction to Organizational Business Coaching, BUSMHR 7236 Crucial Conversations, BUSMHR 7244 Negotiations, BUSMHR 7335 Managing Diversity, BUSMHR 7413 Advanced Strategic Analysis, and BUSMHR 7420 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Development.
In my opinion, the above are the three most important benefits of the flexible and STEM-designated curriculum offered by the Fisher MAcc program. I hope you find the information helpful.