Master of Accounting
Curriculum

MAcc Curriculum Structure

The 9-month MAcc program is genuinely a flexible degree. Fisher encourages you to think broadly about accounting, including its role in organizations and society. Design your graduate degree to develop your interests, skillset, and potential for achieving your career goals. We're also one of the few accounting programs with data and analytics coursework to prepare you for a world driven by data.

View the MAcc info sheet / curriculum

CORE COURSES:
10 CREDIT HOURS +
ELECTIVE COURSES:
21 CREDIT HOURS =
31 TOTAL 
CREDIT HOURS

CORE COURSES (10 credit hours)

The MAcc core curriculum is designed to build a solid accounting foundation while developing your technical, critical thinking, and communication skills. It supports your elective choices and ensures you have the required experience to be successful in the classroom and in your future career. The innovative STEM-designated MAcc curriculum is a national leader and is supported by an academic advisor and career coach that help you reach your career goals.

  • Fundamentals of Accounting & Data Analytics

    This course provides an introduction to using large datasets to better understand corporate financial reporting and market behavior.

  • Accounting Policy and Research

    This course will help develop your knowledge and appreciation of current debates in the accounting profession. You will be exposed to current academic research in accounting and learn the primary underlying methods involved.

  • Financial Reporting

    This course covers major aspects of corporate financial reporting under US GAAP. You will cover concepts such as: revenue recognition, preparing and understanding the Statement of Cash Flows, accounting for long-term debt and leases, deferred taxes, and share-based compensation, and analyzing firm performance.

  • Management and Control

    This course focuses on managerial decisions and control problems in organizations. You will learn about the fundamental role of uncertainty, risk and private information in the accounting profession.

ELECTIVE COURSES (21 credit hours)

Elective courses allow you to explore a vast array of interests while broadening your understanding of the role accounting plays in organizations and the marketplace. You can choose from accounting-based electives as well as dozens of other robust options offered throughout The Ohio State University. The course list below illustrate a sample of the wide range of focuses that are offered within the available electives.

As a Fisher MAcc student, you are not required to have a specific declared "area." The information below simply provides you with an idea of the electives available to you, categorized by interest area.

View sample electives on the MAcc info sheet

DATA AND ANALYTICS INNOVATION

Modern-day accountants increasingly deal with large volumes of information arriving in big data sets. They need the skills to be able to process these data sets, formulate the appropriate questions to ask the data, design the right test, interpret the results and present their conclusions. In the MAcc Program we updated the curriculum, in partnership with KPMG, to expose our students to large data problems, and provide them with the necessary tools that will allow them to solve these problems. Learn more >

VIDEO: Data & Analytics in the MAcc program

CAREERS AND PROGRAM PLANNING

Because of the wide range of accounting career paths, we encourage a portfolio approach to your course experience. Explore electives in areas such as auditing, finance, or operations management, and take advantage of dozens of other options available through Ohio State. It's beneficial for all types of students who come to us: undergrad accounting majors, students from other disciplines, and working professionals who seek deeper insights for career success.

You should think about how you want your career to unfold—and how your career growth will be supported by the courses you choose.

  • Auditing
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Assurance Services and Information Quality
    • Fraud Examination: Misappropriation of Assets
    • Fraud Examination: Fraudulent Financial Reporting
  • Taxation
    • Tax Planning for Managerial Decision Making
    • Tax Accounting II
    • Tax Accounting III
    • Tax Research
  • Financial Reporting
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions
    • IFRS: International Financial Reporting Standards
    • Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
  • Managerial Decision Making
    • Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
    • Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • Strategic Logistics Management
    • Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
  • Finance
    • Corporate Finance I
    • Corporate Finance II
    • Financial Modeling
    • Real Estate I
    • Real Estate II
    • History of Financial Thought
    • Legal Business Issues
  • Operations Management
    • Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
    • Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics
    • Strategic Logistics Management
    • Logistics Analytics
    • Supply Chain Management