Professional Track

Program Overview

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 credit hour program of study depending on whether the student has completed two introductory courses prior to admission:

  1. an introductory financial accounting course, ACCT 2110 or MGMT 502 and
  2. an introductory managerial accounting course, ACCT 2120 or MGMT 503 prior to admission in the program.

These courses may also be completed at the undergraduate level if taken before admission.

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.

This program has an AACSB Accounting specialized accreditation that includes the top 190 accounting programs in the world.

Student Experience

The Master of Accounting courses are offered in 16-week semester courses with experiential learning opportunities and integration with accounting firms.

Local and National Accounting Firm Recruitment

We provide student organization and department hosted events to connect you with accounting professionals. Networking opportunities and career fairs designed for accounting professions help make the connections with your future employer.

CPA Exam Requirements and Review Courses

Please review the CPA Exam requirements

Once a MACCT Professional student has completed the 33-credit hour degree, the Accounting faculty offer 8-week CPA Review courses to help prepare students for the CPA exam. Course materials are provided for the course. Learn more about the CPA Review.

Curriculum

The MACCT Professional track requires 33 credit hours of coursework. In addition to the 33 credit hours, students must complete 6 credits of fundamental coursework prior to or in the first semester of the program: ACCT 2110/MGMT 502 and ACCT 2120/MGMT 503.

MACCT Professional curriculum (33 credit hours)

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Financial Accounting II
  • Seminar in Business/Ind Tax Planning
  • Assurance Services (Auditing)
  • Financial Accounting III
  • Accounting Information & Control Systems
  • Professional Writing for Accountants
  • Law for Accountants
  • Fraud Examination
  • Accounting Data Analytics
  • Governmental/Not for Profit Accounting

Admission

For a complete application, please submit all required materials.

Application Requirements

Online Application

Click here to start your application. The application requires uploads of resume, statement of intent, and unofficial transcripts. If you have a foreign transcript, upload the evaluation.

Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent should reflect your goals and motivations to pursue the degree and what has prepared you to succeed in the program.

Résumé

Please submit a current résumé detailing your work experience, management experience, and areas of responsibility. Your résumé can be uploaded with your online application.

Transcripts

Send one official transcript from each institution attended (except for UNM) for domestic applicants. Send electronic transcripts to apply@unm.edu. Mailed transcripts must arrive enclosed in the original registrar’s sealed envelope to the following address:

UNM Admissions
PO Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must have those transcripts evaluated, even if they are in English. This must be a course by course evaluation that shows the foreign education level of study in comparison to the U.S. education level of study and the US education equivalent cumulative GPA. We recommend the following credential evaluators. Education Credential Evaluators (https://www.ece.org); National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (http://www.naces.org/); World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/).

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam is currently waived through the Fall 2021 admission term.

The University of New Mexico Master of Accounting program has determined its curriculum meets the educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam in the State of New Mexico.

SPRING 2022 DEADLINES

Application and Decision Dates:

Round 1: October 1
Decision: November 1

Round 2: December 1
Decision: December 15

Program Start:
January 17, 2022