The following guidelines are for students admitted to the program for the Fall 2015 term or subsequent terms.
The Professional Concentration is designed for individuals who have a non-accounting undergraduate degree (i.e., Finance, Biology, English, Human Resources) and wish to enter public accounting as a certified professional. The Professional Concentration is a 33-39 hour program of study depending on whether the student has completed two introductory courses prior to admission:
- an introductory financial accounting course, and
- an introductory managerial accounting course prior to admission in the program. (If you do not take the prerequisites at the Anderson School of Management, then please visit with the graduate programs advisor for pre-approval of the prerequisite coursework prior to taking a course.)
These courses may also be completed at the undergraduate level if taken before admission.
In addition to completing the prerequisites, students must complete 33 hours of graduate coursework as outlined in the curriculum schedule for the Professional Concentration of the MACCT. (Advanced/Tax Concentration students do not need to complete the prerequisites.)
The program fulfills the New Mexico Board of Accountancy requirements, and those of most other states, for sitting the CPA exam in New Mexico. Click here for more information about the CPA exam in New Mexico.
The Professional Concentration accepts applications for Fall, Spring, or Summer admission. However, the Professional Concentration primarily admits students to begin the program in the Fall Semester because of course scheduling. If you are applying for a spring or summer admission to the Professional Concentration, please email Tina Armijo prior to submission of your application to determine if you meet the course requirements necessary for consideration of a spring or summer admission.
At the Anderson School of Management, the following graduate courses satisfy the introductory course requirements:
- MGMT 502 – Financial Accounting and Analysis - Two sections are offered in the fall semester (one is a pre-semester two week intercession course in the evening and one is during the day throughout the semester) and two sections are offered in the spring semester, one in the evening and one during the day.
- MGMT 503 – Managerial/Cost Accounting - One section offered in the fall semester in the evening.
The 3 hours of introductory financial accounting and the 3 hours of introductory managerial accounting are not included in the 33 hours of course work required to complete the MACCT degree. Because the hours earned are for the introductory requirements to the program, students may elect to complete them by taking undergraduate courses. Undergraduate courses that satisfy the introductory course requirements:
- ACCT 2110* – Principles of Financial Accounting (Multiple sections are offered in the fall and spring semesters - one section each semester is offered at 5:30 PM. One section is offered in the summer semester in a 4-week format which requires students to be on campus 4 days a weeks for 2-1/2 hours each day.
- ACCT 2120* – Managerial Accounting (Multiple sections are offered in the fall and spring semesters - one section each semester is offered at 5:30pm. One section is offered in the summer semester in an online format.
*If students choose to take the undergraduate coursework to complete the introductory courses for this graduate program, those hours will not be considered graduate credit.
Students may also take the prerequisites at CNM. Please email Tina Armijo for information about options for completing the coursework at other institutions or to ask if a course(s) you have already completed meets one or both of the prerequisite requirements.
Courses are offered in the semesters as indicated (click to download schedule). You can design your own schedule based on this information. For scheduling convenience, the program primarily offers courses once a week at 5:30 PM.
The Master of Accounting, Professional Concentration is 33 hours of graduate-level coursework. 27 Credit Hours of specified graduate accounting coursework plus 6 Credit Hours of specified non-accounting coursework.
Download the Master of Accounting Professional Concentration checklist based on your semester of admission:
- Checklist for students admitted on or after Fall 2021.
- Checklist for those admitted on or after Fall 2015.
- Checklist for those admitted on or after Fall 2009.
- Checklist for those admitted prior to Fall 2009.
The GMAT/GRE is waived for students who have a BBA from an AACSB accredited school with a minimum of 3.25 GPA in all upper division course work. Students granted the waiver must also attend the Anderson School of Writing workshop.
The Professional Concentration accepts applications for Fall, Spring, or Summer admission. However, the Professional Concentration primarily admits students to begin the program in the Fall semester because of course scheduling. If you are applying for admission to the Professional Concentration of the Master of Accounting in the Spring or Summer, please email Tina Armijo prior to submission of your application to determine if you meet the course requirements necessary for a Spring or Summer admission.