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Master of

ACCOUNTANCY


, PATRICK KINLEY 07 SENIOR TAX PROFESSIONAL II BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION I moved to Charlotte to pursue a career in accounting. Because I was transitioning in my career, the Belk College’s ties to the Charlotte business community were a critical factor for me in choosing the MACC. The program gave me the skills and connections I needed to launch a successful career in the banking industry, and I continue to rely on the knowledge and network I gained through the MACC program.


HOW WILL YOU STAND OUT? If you’re ambitious and committed to a career in accounting, you’ve probably done your homework. What you may not know is that the degree and the designation are only the beginning. Accounting is more than a profession. It’s a community. Building your network and developing relationships is critical to your success. At the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, we’re uniquely positioned to support your career goals. All the opportunities for student success are in place: a close relationship with the accounting community, an engaged advisory board, a substantial alumni network and an active recruiting environment. Whether you graduated with an undergraduate degree in accounting or are changing careers, our Master of Accountancy program will give you the comprehensive skills you need to thrive in the profession.

Master of ACCOUNTANCY

You know you need the CPA to get ahead; and you know you need 150 credit hours to sit for the exam.


GREG JOHNS LARSON ALLEN, LLP PARTNER Charlotte has a thriving accounting industry with a great network of professionals. As an alumnus of UNC Charlotte’s accounting program, I’ve maintained strong relationships with the MACC program professors in the Belk College of Business. As a result, our firm has had the opportunity to consistently hire top talent from the MACC program, and we’ve been very pleased with their performance.


A CITY ON THE RISE. A UNIVERSITY WITH VISION. Charlotte is a vibrant city, a modern and forward-looking business center that has transformed from a regional business hub to the second-largest financial services center in the United States. Not only is Charlotte home to the global headquarters of eight Fortune 500 companies, many national, regional and local accounting firms have a significant presence here, including each of the Big Four accounting firms. As a result, the region has become a magnet for ambitious and aspiring young professionals from all over the world. Just as the city has evolved, so has UNC Charlotte. With innovative academic programs and research centers in its seven colleges, the university actively collaborates with local business leadership to incorporate emerging business developments, ideas and innovations into its academic programs. Strategic vision, relentless drive and unbridled optimism have branded both the Charlotte region and UNC Charlotte as models of innovation and progress.


WHERE AMBITION MEETS OPPORTUNITY. The Belk College of Business is North Carolina’s urban research business school. Since its founding in 1970, the Belk College has led the way in developing innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of the business community. In 2011, UNC Charlotte opened its state-of-the-art Center City campus in the heart of Charlotte’s vibrant business core.  Home to the Belk College’s professional graduate programs, the distinctive new campus will strengthen ties with industry and serve as a hub for Charlotte’s future business leaders. 

UNC CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY


A BUSINESS SCHOOL WHERE IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL.

The Belk College of Business has been educating future business leaders since the mid-1960s. Although UNC Charlotte is a relatively young university, the accounting department has a long tradition of producing graduates who are in high demand and has forged strong partnerships with the profession. With more than 2,700 undergraduate students, nearly 700 graduate students, and 79 full-time faculty members, the Belk College is one of the largest business programs in the Carolinas. In addition to the MACC program, the Belk College offers graduate programs in business administration, economics, mathematical

finance and real estate, as well as a Ph.D. in business administration (major in finance) and interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in organizational science and informational technology. Students in the Belk College benefit from an active alumni network and the college’s strong connections to regional business and civic partners, including the Charlotte Chamber, the Charlotte Business Journal and the Arts & Science Council. The Belk College has become a resource for the Charlotte business community through spotlight programs such as the Babson Capital/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, the Center for Real Estate and the NEXT Speaker Series, which features nationally recognized business figures.


IRINA BASARABEANU The MACC program at UNC Charlotte is very communityoriented. The professors are committed to my success in the classroom and my career progression. They’ve worked with me to strengthen my technical competencies and offered guidance to help me achieve my professional goals. Because of the program’s relationships within the business community, I received a job offer from one of the Big Four accounting firms in Charlotte before graduation.


PREPARING FOR THE PROFESSION. Whether you’re looking for a career in public accounting, financial services or other industries, UNC Charlotte’s MACC program will prepare you for a promising future. In the Belk College, you have options. You can choose from four different program tracks to match your career goals: • Professional Accounting: for students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than accounting who wish to become professional accountants and prepare for the CPA exam • Financial Accounting/Auditing: for accounting majors who wish to become CPAs • Tax: for CPAs and non-CPAs who wish to specialize in taxation • Individualized: for students who wish to design a concentration based on a personal or professional interest

The Master of Accountancy program is structured for both full-time and part-time students. Some of our students attend full-time and finish in 12-15 months. Working professionals who attend part-time usually take 24-36 months to complete the program. Attending UNC Charlotte also makes good financial sense. In keeping with the tradition of the UNC system, we offer very affordable tuition rates for North Carolina residents. Out-of-state students also realize a tremendous economic value. Scholarships and assistantships are available for outstanding candidates. In short, UNC Charlotte’s MACC program is a top-quality graduate education with an outstanding return on your investment.


AT THE BELK COLLEGE, WE PRACTICE WHAT WE TEACH. Faculty in the UNC Charlotte MACC program hold exceptional academic qualifications and are active in the field through research, consulting and leadership positions in professional groups. Through innovative applied research, they have made significant contributions to business and government policy, the accounting field and the academic community. Additionally, many of our professors bring considerable industry experience to the classroom, including a majority who continue to hold the CPA designation. Professors in the MACC program are committed to their students’ success, often facilitating networking and acting as sounding boards for career decisions.


, ENA ERUOTOR 08 TAX SENIOR DELOITTE TAX LLP The professors in the MACC program had such a big impact on my professional development. Not only did they help me develop my technical skills, but their emphasis on networking and the recruitment process helped me launch a successful career in a large public accounting firm. I now provide tax and consulting services to large and middle-market businesses and continue to rely on the network I built while I was a student in the program.


DEVELOPING THE TOTAL PROFESSIONAL. At the Belk College of Business, we know employers look for more than just a diploma. That’s why we’ve developed a number of professional development programs to help you advance in your career.

ACTIVE RECRUITING ENVIRONMENT

The Belk College enjoys strong ties to the Charlotte business community. The MACC program has a formal placement structure that provides numerous opportunities for students to engage with recruiters and hiring managers.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

Expand your knowledge base by attending the Belk College’s regular professional development seminars. Topics range from building your network and successfully marketing yourself to interviewing, negotiations and business etiquette.

NETWORKING

Build your personal and professional connections through a variety of networking programs, including guest speakers, panel discussions and social events for students and alumni. Student organizations also provide professional network-building and leadership opportunities.

CPA PREPARATION

In addition to the extensive background students receive in the classroom, they may also participate in a CPA review course (offered by a partner company) for additional preparation prior to sitting for the exam.

CAREER COACHING

Define your professional development plan in one-on-one career counseling sessions. You and your career coach will explore personal and career development topics such as personal branding, managing your internship or job search, networking strategies and professional performance techniques.


LISA SAWICKI PARTNER PWC At PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), we rely on our professionals to help solve complex business issues and identify opportunities for our clients. As a result, we look to recruit the best talent in the industry. UNC Charlotte’s accounting program has established a long-standing record of producing well-rounded accounting professionals with outstanding technical ability. We’ve hired a number of UNC Charlotte graduates over the years and they have served their colleagues, the firm and our clients well.


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ADMISSIONS

Master of ACCOUNTANCY

UNC Charlotte seeks a diverse group of students for the MACC program. Applications are evaluated on a number of factors, including past academic performance, GMAT/GRE scores, work experience, and references. Admission Requirements

Deadlines

• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 on applicant’s previous work beyond high school. • One official transcript of all previous academic work. • Three professional or academic recommendations. • A statement of purpose describing the applicant’s experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study. • A satisfactory score on the GMAT or GRE.

International Students

In addition to all the requirements listed above, international students must submit proof of proficiency in English in one of the following:

• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score is 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 83 for the Internet-based test. • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum overall band score is 7.0. • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery): Minimum score is 84.

The MACC program admits students throughout the year on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to early applications. For application deadlines, visit graduateschool.uncc.edu.

• International students should refer to the International Admissions website for deadlines and additional admissions information. For application deadlines, visit graduateschool.uncc.edu. • The application process is managed by the UNC Charlotte Graduate School and UNC Charlotte International Admissions Office. Application questions: Allison Brinkley | Admissions Counselor email: abrinkley@uncc.edu phone: 704.687.7267 Program questions: Dr. Jack Cathey | Program Director email: jmcathey@uncc.edu phone: 704.687.7690


CURRICULUM GUIDE

Master of ACCOUNTANCY

The Master of Accountancy program is a 30-semester hour program (ten graduate classes) designed to prepare accountants for the rapidly changing expectations of the profession. Students in the MACC program have the flexibility to pursue the program full- or part-time. The program has three tracks: Professional Accounting, Financial Accounting/Auditing and Tax. The program also includes the option for development of an individualized program of study. Completion of the Professional Accounting track or the Financial Accounting/Auditing track will enable students to pursue CPA licensure in states requiring 150 semester hours.

Professional Accounting Track

Financial Accounting/Auditing Track

Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than accounting who wish to become professional accountants and prepare for the CPA exam, this track consists of ten graduate classes in accounting and business.

This track is ideal for accounting majors who wish to become CPAs.

In addition to Principles of Accounting, a two-semester sequence in Intermediate Financial Accounting is a prerequisite. Required Classes • Business Environment and Concepts • Income Tax • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders • International Accounting • Financial Statement Auditing • Advanced Financial Accounting I • Advanced Financial Accounting II Plus three additional accounting or non-accounting elective classes.

Required Classes • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders • International Accounting • Financial Statement Auditing • Advanced Financial Accounting I • Advanced Financial Accounting II • Business Environment and Concepts Plus four additional accounting or non-accounting elective classes.

Tax Track This track is customized for CPAs and non-CPAs who wish to specialize in taxation. Required Classes • Estates, Gifts, & Trusts Taxation • Tax Research and Planning • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders • Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations Plus six additional classes from tax, accounting, or non-accounting electives.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Master of ACCOUNTANCY

UNC Charlotte and the Belk College of Business offer a variety of need- and merit-based financial awards for students entering the MACC program. For additional information and applications, visit macc.uncc.edu.

Tuition

PART-TIME – Most North Carolina residents attending part-time take 6 credits (2 classes) per semester and pay approximately $21,000 in tuition and fees. FULL-TIME – Most full-time North Carolina residents pay $16,000 (12 months) in tuition and fees depending on their course load. OUT-OF-STATE – Out-of-state domestic and international students pay $28,000 (12 months).

GMAT Preparation Scholarships Several scholarships available for GMAT preparation courses. Preference is for high-potential candidates whose backgrounds are traditionally underrepresented in MACC programs.

MACC Academic Fellowships Selection based on financial need and/or academic merit (previous academic performance and GMAT score). All students admitted by March 15 will automatically be considered for fellowship awards. No additional application is required.

Graduate Assistantships Full-time students may work 20 hours per week in the Belk College of Business. All full-time students admitted by March 15 will automatically be considered for graduate assistantships. No additional application is required.

Loans Graduate students are guaranteed Stafford Loans by the federal government, regardless of income, if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (FAFSA required).


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