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BBA/MAcc in Accounting

The faculty in the Steed School of Accounting at the University of Oklahoma realized early that the growing body of accounting knowledge, and the increasing demands and expectations placed on accountants, would require deeper and broader academic backgrounds for those entering the profession. In 1985, the OU Masters of Accounting program became the first graduate program in the state to be accredited under the AACSB's accounting accreditation program. Beginning in 2000, the American Institute of Public Accountants, the foremost professional association for those in the practice of public accounting, required all new members to have at least 150 hours of college credit to join. Almost all states have since followed suit, requiring candidates to have 150 hours of college education to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). One hundred and fifty hours of college education, including 30 hours of college accounting, is required to become licensed in the state of Oklahoma.

The Masters of Accountancy program at OU is designed to prepare students not only to pass the CPA exam1, but also for positions of responsibility in the accounting profession. It combines a broad-based business curriculum with in-depth accounting training, affording students the opportunity to specialize in chosen areas of accounting practice. Areas include: 

  • Assurance Services/Financial Reporting
  • Taxation

At the same time the program seeks to build the critical thinking, problem solving, research, and communication skills that are necessary to function successfully in today's environment. Graduates pursue careers in government and industry as well as public accounting, in Oklahoma and across the nation.

There are two degree paths within the OU MAcc program. They are:

  1. Traditional, stand-alone MAcc program - this program is for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree, regardless of their undergraduate major, may apply to this program.
  2. BBA/MAcc program - this program is available to students who are currently accounting majors at OU. They may apply to this program after completing 75 hours and work on their undergraduate and graduate degrees concurrently.


1Graduates of the OU MAcc program meet the educational requirements to sit for the exam in most states, including Oklahoma and Texas. As each state sets its own educational requirements, students should consult the Accountancy Board in the state in which they intend to practice to check on their specific requirements.

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2018 Big 12 Leader in first time pass rate of CPA Exam

Graduates of the University of Oklahoma Master of Accountancy program had an 82% pass rate for first time takers. This data is according to the 2018 NASBA Report.

In their latest survey, released in 2018, readers of Public Accounting Report, a publication covering the business side of the public accounting profession, ranked the OU MAcc program in the top 20 in the nation for a program of its size. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy reports that OU graduates' success rates on the CPA exam have consistently exceeded national and Big 12 averages for candidates with advanced degrees. Graduates' first-time pass rates on the exam have been amongst the 10 highest in the nation three times in the last eight years.