Curriculum

Students have the flexibility to start the MAC program in the summer, fall or spring semesters.

Click here for a complete list of course descriptions and details.

The MAC program allows students to complete more than half of the degree in one twelve-week summer. The MAC program is structured for students to meet the 150-hour CPA requirement that is now effective in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, along with most other states.

The Villanova MAC program enhances undergraduate accounting and non-accounting business backgrounds by providing coursework in complementary areas including finance, taxation, and e-business. MAC courses cover a wide variety of relevant, career-advancing topics including:

  • Financial market issues, such as derivative financial instruments and corporate restructuring
  • The pervasive impact of taxation on business operations and planning
  • Strategic planning and cost measurement
  • Performance evaluation
  • The impact of e-business on the business value chain

Our courses were carefully designed with guidance from VSB’s Accounting Advisory Council, a group of dedicated professionals from prominent public accounting and consulting firms. Council members help ensure that our course offerings are up-to-date, relevant, and thought-provoking.

Program Schedule for Accounting Majors

Summer Semester Session I
Negotiations, Ethics, and Relationship Management
Performance Measurement and Strategic Cost Management
Valuation Issues in Accounting

Summer Semester Session II
Risk Management and Assurance
Advanced Topics in Disclosure and Financial Reporting
Taxes and Business Strategy

Fall Semester (Online only)
Advanced Auditing, Fraud, and Accounting Information Systems
Ethical Issues in the Accounting Environment

Spring Semester (Online)
Advanced Business and Technical Writing
Globalization Issues in Accounting

Program Schedule for Non-accounting Business Majors & Minors

The MAC program allows non-accounting business students to achieve the same goals as accounting majors, building on any business background to provide the foundation that is critical for success in accounting.

Non-Accounting Students must complete the four pre-requisite courses below prior to applying to the MAC program. Students are encouraged to take these courses at Villanova University through the Office of Part-Time Studies.

ACC 2310 - Intermediate Accounting I*
ACC 2320 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 2430 - Auditing
ACC 2460 - Federal Income Tax

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Meredith Lockyer, Manager of Admissions in the Graduate Business Programs Office to discuss a personalized plan of study. The suggested schedule below allows students to complete both the pre-requisites and the MAC degree in just 20 months.

PRE-REQS

Fall Semester I
ACC 2310 - Intermediate Accounting I*
ACC 2460 - Federal Income Tax

Spring Semester II
ACC 2320 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 2430 - Auditing

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Summer Semester Session I
Negotiations, Ethics, and Relationship Management
Performance Measurement and Strategic Cost Management
Valuation Issues in Accounting

Summer Semester Session II
Risk Management and Assurance
Advanced Topics in Disclosure and Financial Reporting
Taxes and Business Strategy

Fall Semester II (Online only)
Advanced Auditing, Fraud, and Accounting Information Systems
Ethical Issues in the Accounting Environment

Spring Semester II (Online only)
Advanced Business and Technical Writing
Globalization Issues in Accounting

A note to VSB Accounting Majors

VSB Accounting majors are able to start the MAC program by taking ACC 2420, International Accounting, in their junior or senior year. This course waives the MAC 8315 Globalization Issues course and reduces the total MAC credit requirement to 27, minimizing the cost and course load for the MAC spring semester.

VSB Accounting seniors may take up to two MAC online courses (limit one per semester). In order to qualify, students must be admitted into the MAC program. Undergraduate students may not exceed 15 total credits per semester, including the three credits associated with the MAC online course.

Course Progression Chart

Click here to download the MAC Program course progression chart.