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MAcc Assurance


A one-year degree that offers a fast track to a career in public accounting. Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance provides talented, well-rounded college graduates with the managerial perspective, leadership and communication skills and accounting expertise needed to launch a career as an associate with one of the leading global public accounting firms—Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC. Graduates begin their careers within the audit and assurance lines of these firms and quickly become fluent in the “language of business” and business processes. While some choose to stay with these firms for an entire career, most choose to join the client side, well equipped to take on roles as controllers or CFOs of public and private companies. The Vanderbilt Advantage n Accelerated, all-inclusive 12-month program n Program designed for graduates of all majors n Structured career search process with unmatched access to executives at the Big Four firms n Nationwide placement opportunities n One-on-one interview coaching and résumé preparation n Unparalleled opportunity to complete a paid internship during the program n Small classes offer close and enduring relationships with classmates and professors n Distinctive Professional Development Program embedded in program n Support to prepare and sit for (and pass) the CPA exam

Program length

Twelve months, full-time

Designed for

Recent college graduates—new graduates to those with a few years of experience—who have the communication and analytical skills to succeed in a demanding and fast-paced business environment.

Class profile* Class size—30 Age—23 Undergraduate GPA—3.57 GMAT—679 Women—49% * Average of the three most recent classes



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First-time CPA pass rate for the Class of 2014.* *Consistently among the highest of any program in the U.S.


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The four global professional services firms that hire Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance students—Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC.

On the cover: Read the story of Andie Engelbert, Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance, Class of 2015, at

Note: By the time you read this brochure, some of the titles and firms for our students and alumni may be out of date. There’s a good reason for that: Vanderbilt graduates are highly valued and tend to move up quickly in the business world.


THE BIG FOUR COME TO OWEN FOR THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTE Vanderbilt’s Big Four partner firms—Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC— are global professional services firms often cited as the best places to launch a career. Why? These firms build business leaders. They invest heavily in their associates, providing the training and mentoring required for success. Some associates choose to stay with these firms for an entire career while others move to senior leadership positions on the client side.


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Soon after admission, you’ll have opportunities to network with executives and recruiters from these firms, visit their offices and explore internship and career possibilities with each.



“The team dynamics “Vanderbilt MAcc program’s I learned from playing reputation and the total football helped with class size were two of my transition to grad the biggest factors in school and even into my my decision. Owen internship. A career in clearly understood the accounting really is all importance of both the about working together on social and technical skills a team and that’s the way required to succeed in the the program is structured.” business world.”

KENSLEY ELLIOTT Vanderbilt MAcc | 2015 PwC Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt MAcc | 2014 Deloitte Nashville, TN

“I have gained immeasurable technical knowledge, I have significantly improved my networking skills and now I have a network of people and professors I can go to for anything.”

“Owen has helped me not only achieve all of my academic and career goals, but also really helped me polish myself as a business professional and a person. The experience feels truly unique. ”



Vanderbilt MAcc | 2015 KPMG Charlotte, NC

Vanderbilt MAcc | 2015 EY New York, NY

Learn more about Kensley, Reggie, Amanda and Shiven (as well as other amazing Vanderbilt MAcc students). Visit

AUDIT AND ASSURANCE. The science (and art) of providing expert and independent assessments that support smart business decisions. The goal of an audit is to assure investors, regulators, bankers and others that a company’s balance sheet, cash flows and profit and loss statements deliver a reasonable depiction of its financial health. Most audits handled by large public accounting firms are extended engagements in which a team of associates takes a deep dive into the finances and processes of an organization. The goal is to “follow the money.” Where does it come from? Where does it go? How is it used? What processes are used to ensure the accuracy and veracity of these transactions? It’s easy to see that audit and assurance associates have a front row seat to view the inner workings of complex organizations. This comprehensive perspective serves as a launchpad for a rewarding career in business. Vanderbilt’s MAcc Assurance program prepares you to be successful as an audit and assurance associate within a Big Four firm. You’ll not only learn the technical skills firms require, you’ll get a head start on developing the professional skills—communication, teamwork and client-facing skills—that set you apart from others.

We develop first-rate professional service providers. The firms tell us Vanderbilt graduates are at a “higher level” and have a “leg up” on other schools’ accounting program graduates. Good technical skills. Better people skills. Contributors who show initiative. The broader backgrounds of our students and the managerial perspective developed through MBA-level instruction distinguish our graduates from those of traditional accounting programs. Karl Hackenbrack Faculty Director | MAcc Programs

Experience a “Day in the Life” of an assurance associate. Visit and meet Cam Cooper, Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance, Class of 2015.


Benefit from an all-inclusive experience. The Vanderbilt MAcc program offers so much more than academic course work. In just one year, you’ll get all that you need to earn a position with (and be successful in) a world-class professional services organization.

Professional development. Vanderbilt’s MAcc Assurance program includes professional development programming that will help you as you interact with firm representatives and prepare for a successful career. You will gain insights into your strengths, challenges and personal motivators and learn how they impact your working relationships with others. Along with your classmates, you will work with a professional executive coach who will help you turn these insights into strategies for a lifetime of personal and professional growth.

Paid Internships. You’ll have an unparalleled opportunity for a 10-week, paid internship with one of our partner firms. This internship allows you to round out your education with real-world experience and gives you a chance to see what life is like as an audit and assurance professional within a Big Four firm. At the same time, it allows the firm to evaluate you. It’s a fact: Successful internships lead to full-time job offers. Exam preparation. Vanderbilt’s program gives you an edge when sitting for licensing and credentialing exams. In the summer after graduation, you will participate in the Becker Review course and sit for all four sections of the CPA exam. It’s no wonder that Vanderbilt MAcc students consistently achieve among the highest—if not the highest—exam pass rates in the country.

MAcc Assurance Curriculum at a Glance SPRING

Engagement Documentation (1)

Business Ethics in Accounting (1)

Advanced Cost Accounting (2)

Managerial Finance (2)

Managerial Economics (2)

Managerial Strategy (2)

Financial Reporting I (2)

Financial Reporting II (2)

Winter Break

Mod 2

Internship or Electives (6)

Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis (2)

Audit Institutions and Processes (2)

Taxation of Business and Investment Transactions (2)

Federal Taxation of Business Entities (2)

Accounting Information Systems (2)

Research in Financial Reporting (2)

Introduction to Law and Business (2)

(x) = credit hours Curriculum and course information is updated annually and is subject to change.

CPA Prep

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Mod 3


Mod 1

Immersion Week Audit Topics (2)

Pre-Mod 1 Communication, Leadership, and Ethics in Accounting (1)


Becker CPA Review Course and CPA Exam

Degree requirements and course information are subject to change. Visit to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs.

We’re a different type of business school. We’re competitive, not cutthroat. We dig deeper. Work harder. We’re small. (And we like it that way.)

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MAcc Assurance Brochure 2016