The Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers three graduate programs: two masters level as well as a Ph.D. program

The Master of Accountancy and Master of Tax Accounting programs both are highly rated programs that have high placement rates, place students nationally, and whose students have high CPA Exam pass rates.

Undergraduate Class Requirements for Grad School
You will need to complete the Professional Accounting specialization requirements (AC 456, AC 471, and a professional AC elective) if you plan to apply for the MTA or MAcc programs.

Applying for Graduate School
For admittance to the MAcc or MTA programs for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, be sure to apply before May graduation. Students need to submit their application and GMAT score, three recommendation letters (at least one should be an accounting professor), and a statement of purpose. If you have questions about either program, please do not hesitate to ask. NOTE: The Career Center on campus will review your purpose statement and provide feedback for you. If you would like to utilize this service, you will need to make an appointment. Click here for additional information about applying.

MAcc and MTA GMAT Waiver Policy – Effective Fall 2021
For students applying for Fall 2021 or later: We have now automatically waived the GMAT for applicants with an accounting GPA of 3.25 or above in a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours (classes counted include AC310, AC311, AC361, AC371, AC389, AC432, AC456, and AC471). Students who do not meet these criteria may apply for a waiver, and we will evaluate these applications on a case-by-case basis — do not be afraid to ask!

Important for Fall 2023: For those students with very high GPAs and high ACT or SAT scores (i.e., the potential for a high GMAT score), we may be able to nominate you for a University-wide fellowship that covers tuition and pays a stipend.
The GMAT score is an important part of the nomination (not for being accepted into the program). If you think you may be eligible, contact Troy Pollard or Rich Houston.

The Master of Accountancy program is designed to cover various aspects of accounting, including auditing and fraud, managerial accounting, financial accounting, and valuation. It is designed for people seeking entry-level positions in auditing and corporate accounting.

MAcc Program Chair: Dr. Troy Pollard –

MAcc Program Information


View the videos below to learn more about each core MAcc course:


The Master of Tax Accounting program is designed to cover technical tax rules and develop students’ research and communication skills. This program is for students seeking to start their careers in the tax department of an accounting firm or a corporation.

MTA Program Chair: Karen Miller –

MTA Program Information


The Ph.D. program in accounting is a four-year program that develops research skills using both archival and behavioral methods. Graduates are placed at top schools throughout the country, with recent placements including the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oklahoma. Our graduates are known for having both strong research and teaching skills.

Ph.D. Program Information