FROM ANY MAJOR TO A MAJOR ACCOUNTING FIRM IN JUST 12 MONTHS.
MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY
WH Y VA NDE RBILT M AC C ? The Vanderbilt Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is an accelerated, one-year, on-campus degree offering two distinct programs: MAcc Assurance and MAcc Valuation. Our curriculum teaches you the technical skills top firms require and helps you develop professional skills that set you apart. Both all-inclusive programs feature an opportunity for a paid internship
and CPA exam prep embedded in the 12 months, so you’ll start to see a return on your investment immediately. Our 100% employment rate within 90 days of graduation highlights Vanderbilt’s commitment to helping you launch your career in the competitive field of accounting.
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Focus on long-term growth. Join our community. Everyone is welcome here. Both Vanderbilt MAcc programs
We consider your success fundamental to our program’s success. That’s why the Vanderbilt MAcc degree provides you with personalized career consultation and preparation. We help you prepare for internship interviews, and we facilitate several firm-hosted interactions and school-sponsored events, so you can learn more about your fit in this dynamic and rewarding profession. #postowenlife
include 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 an executive coach who will help you turn these insights into strategies for a lifetime of personal and professional growth.
Learn from the best. Experience MBA-level curriculum from world-class faculty that bring expert insight and instruction to the classroom. They draw upon extensive experience, as well as insights afforded by their innovative and enlightening research. Known for their accessibility and collaborative approach to teaching, these professors share their cuttingedge knowledge of how business theory and practice come together.
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We’re committed to an inclusive and diverse learning community, because we believe that we thrive best with a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. Expect to meet and engage with people from many different regions, countries, cultures, and walks of life. Vanderbilt is a unique and supportive community where you’ll develop lifelong relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni. #VandyMAcc
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“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.”
The Vanderbilt Advantage. The Master of Accountancy programs at Vanderbilt are part of the Owen Graduate School of Management. You’ll quickly learn that Owen is a different type of business school. We’re competitive, not cutthroat. We’re interested in your ideas and invested in your success. Our global Vanderbilt Business alumni network of 10,000+ is a close-knit family and collaborative community. #owenlife #anchordown
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EXCEPTIONAL CAREER OUTCOMES Our students are well-rounded and highly sought-after by prospective employers for a number of reasons. Between the challenging coursework, professional development, exceptional recruiting opportunities, and exam prep, we set students up for career success. Within five years, most of our graduates have advanced within their companies to earn six-figure salaries.
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employment within 90 days of graduation
BIG FOUR ACCOUNTING FIRMS HIRE OUR STUDENTS Almost all of our graduates choose to launch their careers with one of the Big Four accounting firms. Some choose to stay with these firms long term, while others move on to senior leadership positions on the client side.
PAID INTERNSHIP You’ll have an unparalleled opportunity for a 10-week, paid internship during the program with one of our partner firms. This allows you to round out your education with real-world experience and gives you a chance to see what life is like within a Big Four firm. In most cases, this internship leads to a full-time offer.
CPA AND CFA EXAM PREP We prepare you and give you an edge when sitting for credentialing exams. All students take the CPA exam; however, MAcc Valuation students also study for and take the CFA Level 1 exam. MAcc students consistently achieve some of the highest exam pass rates in the country.
“Vanderbilt was one of the only programs that catered to students without a background in accounting. This meant that I would meet a group of people with a diverse collection of experiences.”
THEA WINSTON Forensic & Integrity Services Staff, EY VA N D E R B I LT M A C C A S S U R A N C E G R A D U AT E
M A C C A SSURA N CE The Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance program prepares you to be successful as an audit and assurance associate with a top global accounting firm. An audit assures 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. It’s the science (and art) of providing expert and independent assessments that support smart business decisions.
As an audit associate, you will assist in performing audits for a variety of clients and will have access to experts on every topic imaginable, as well as a closely knit team of peers. Your job is to “follow the money.” Where does it come from? Where does it go? How is it allocated? What processes are used to ensure the accuracy and veracity of these transactions?
“I pursued a MAcc degree because of the high demand for accounting professionals and potential for job placement. The [Vanderbilt] MAcc program is extremely dedicated to its students’ personal and professional development. I feel like I have all the tools I need to navigate my future.”
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C AREER PATH S This challenging career path exposes you to a wide variety of businesses (from startups to global corporations) in a range of industries and offers almost limitless opportunities for growth. The Vanderbilt MAcc degree will prepare you to successfully launch into this field and build a valuable global network for support and advancement over the life of your careerâ€”whether you choose to stay in public accounting or branch into other areas of business.
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EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT OUTCOMES Discover what makes our students unique, why they chose the Vanderbilt MAcc Assurance program, and how they have progressed within Big Four firms. Learn more at business.vanderbilt.edu/ macc-outcomes.
MANAGER (Valuation or Consulting)
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M A C C VA L UAT ION The Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program prepares you for a dynamic career as a valuation associate, which demands strong finance skills and accounting expertise. How do you determine the value of intellectual property? What is a brand name worth? How much should a company pay to purchase a competitor? These are just a few of the complex questions answered by valuation professionals. Your accounting coursework empowers you to understand and speak the “language of business.”
As a valuation associate, you will work with leading companies and alongside the biggest names in wealth management and banking. You’ll be part of a closeknit team providing specialized financial analyses and models that impact your clients’ business decisions on important matters such as strategy and acquisitions, asset management, restructuring and divestitures, and management planning.
“When I learned about the MAcc Valuation program, I was really excited because it married my two undergraduate majors, accounting and economics. I did not find any other school that offered a program like it in the country.”
ARIANNA SHAPIRO Valuation Consultant, Deloitte VA N D E R B I LT M A C C VA L U AT I O N G R A D U AT E
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C AREER PATH S Valuation offers a career that lets you choose a particular industry of emphasis that you enjoy working in. Whether you’re interested in media and entertainment, military and intelligence, or oil and gas, Vanderbilt’s program prepares you to succeed in this dynamic field. Today, the demand for valuation associates is growing by double digits. From day one, look forward to unlimited opportunities to grow professionally and take your career where you want it to go.
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EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT OUTCOMES Discover what makes our students unique, why they chose the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program, and how they have progressed within Big Four firms. Learn more at business.vanderbilt.edu/ macc-val-outcomes.
A W E LC O M I N G C O M M U N I T Y. Learning at a world-class university in one of the best cities in the U.S. will provide a great balance of possibilities and fun. Vanderbilt’s hometown of Nashville is a friendly, vibrant, and engaging city known proudly as “Music City, USA.” The park-like campus is conveniently located about a mile from downtown. Eclectic and diverse, Nashville offers live music every night of the week and boasts some of the region’s best restaurants and parks. You’ll easily see why The New York Times, Forbes, and CNNMoney rank Nashville high among places to live and do business.
“Their Students Love These Colleges” category in The Princeton Review’s “2020 Best Colleges”
Vanderbilt also received high marks in several other categories, including Best Quality of Life (No. 1), Happiest Students (No. 2), Most Beautiful Campus (No.4), and Great Financial Aid (No.2). The Princeton Review (2020)
Vanderbilt is designated as an arboretum and home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties on 334 acres.
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Southern Living named Nashville one of “The South’s Best Food Cities.” (March 2020)
Nashville was named in the Top 15 Cities in the U.S. in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” awards. (July 2019)
Nashville has more than 180 live music venues throughout the city, and fewer than a third play country music.
Y O U ’ L L F E E L R I G H T AT H O M E . STUDENT LIFE A cornerstone of the Vanderbilt experience is connecting with others. There are numerous opportunities to be involved and lead in clubs and organizations, as well as to participate in social gatherings, events, and service projects.
WALKER MANAGEMENT LIBRARY Students have access to librarians and resources at Owen’s state-of-the-art study and research library. You can enjoy a cozy, welcoming environment (including a gas-lit fireplace) and choose between private group study spaces or a variety of quiet nooks and crannies. Check out the Bloomberg terminals, databases, reports, specialized market software, and data, as well as business bestsellers.
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From any major to a major accounting firm in just 12 months.