University of Southern California

Master of Accounting Curriculum

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Core Coursework

5 Accounting Courses
1 Communication Course

Elective Coursework

4 Accounting Electives 1 Floating Elective

TOTAL: 30 Units/11 course minimum

Core Accounting Coursework

  • ACCT 585: Professional Responsibilities in Accounting
  • ACCT 530: Ethics for Professional Accountants
  • ACCT 528: Fair Value Accounting: GAAP, IFRS & Emerging Issues
You will be placed in ONE of the following two classes:

  • ACCT 546: Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT 557: Advanced Financial Statement Auditing Topics
You will be placed in ONE of the following two classes:

  • ACCT 547: Enterprise Information Systems
  • ACCT 549: Advanced Enterprise Systems and Technologies
You will be placed in a Communication course based on your background

Accounting Electives

  • ACCT 526: Global Accounting Experience
  • ACCT 535: Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • ACCT 537: Performance Measurement, Evaluation, and Incentives
  • ACCT 559: Strategy and Operations Through CFO Lens
  • ACCT 560T: Tax Theory and Ethics
  • ACCT 562: Methods and Motivations of Financial Reporting Fraud
  • ACCT 574: Accounting in the Global Business Environment
  • ACCT 580T: Tax Accounting Methods
  • ACCT 581: Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 582: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • ACCT 583: Income Tax Accounting and Auditing
  • ACCt 584: Family Wealth Preservation
  • ACCT 587: Forensic Accounting

Floating Electives

Students are able to choose a floating elective in accounting from a wide variety of business classes. In addition to MBA electives, past students have chosen electives relevant to their career goals from the USC Gould School of Law, School of Cinematic Arts, and The Price School of Public Policy. Some students have room in their programs to take additional floating electives.

*Curriculum approval required by academic advisor

Marshall Spotlight

Cornell University
Diamond Bar, California
“You will find some really great people in [the Master of Business Taxation program], and it was really helpful for me to meet, study and spend time with them outside of school. Not everyone knows what it’s like to go through a program like this, so it was really helpful to have friends I could talk with, commiserate with—and rejoice with when we succeeded.”