We don’t just make accountants. We make problem solvers.

Pass the CPA exam while developing deep accounting expertise. Build connections that last a lifetime. Learn the skills that will help you stand out and accelerate your career. Graduates from the MAc program at Tippie enter the workforce a step ahead—you’re not just ready to interact with clients, but are equipped to bring clarity to complex problems, lead in high-pressure environments, and thrive in an increasingly data-driven world.

Face uncertainty head-on with confidence

Answers in the real world are rarely black and white. The MAc curriculum is all about the gray areas. Learn to identify information that supports your conclusion, but more importantly, you’ll learn to persuade others that your solution is the best one.

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See an option-rich future

Join a program that supports you before, during, and after your degree. With generous scholarships, a record of 100% employment, a collegial environment, and a robust network of alumni in top public and private firms, it’s hard to beat an investment in a MAc from Tippie.

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Plan your MAc application

Admission to the MAc program is open to all majors, and generous financial awards are available. Learn what it takes to apply, minimum requirements, important deadlines you need to be aware of, and how to prepare your application.

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At a glance

 #1 in Iowa for CPA pass rate

CPA pass rate for Iowa public universities

NASBA, 2019
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CPA pass rate for large U.S. programs

NASBA, 2019

Employed after graduation

MAC grads, 2016

Earn your CPA along the way

For high-achievers with a passion for accounting, the CPA certification is an important step in a successful career. If you’re considering earning your CPA, know that Tippie has one of the best pass rates in the region. In 2019 our MAc grads had a 80.7% first-time CPA pass rate—ranking Tippie #13 in the nation.

A degree that pays dividends

A graduate degree in accounting isn't simply an investment in advanced skills—it’s a significant boost to your earning potential. By how much? On average, $22,000 per year, according to a Georgetown University analysis of salary data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Four tracks

MAc students can choose to dive deeper into specific areas to get specialized expertise.

Financial accounting/auditing

Technology, globalization, and complex financial instruments have upped the ante. Auditors need sophisticated know-how to address new risks. This track delves into finance and information systems; it’s ideal for auditing, assurance services, and corporate finance careers.

Business analytics

Consulting and assurance services in particular demand MAc grads with the ability to organize, analyze, and interpret data. This track lets you dive deep into a high-demand area of expertise that helps your resume stand out.

Managerial accounting

These days, accountants have a seat at the management table. That seat means you need to understand how other areas of the business work, like marketing and production. Ideal for careers in management/cost accounting, controller’s office, and manufacturing consulting.


Over 7.6 billion hours a year are spent complying with the tax code. Needless to say, demand for tax specialists is higher than ever. With a focus on tax, you’ll learn current and future tax issues, and how to find answers through research in any tax environment Congress creates.   


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Alumni Story
Tim Rosener discusses how his Master of Accountancy experiences launched a prestigious career at a renowned national consultancy.

Higher-level thinking

It’s not debits and credits that add up to a successful accounting career. It’s higher-level thinking about business decision-making.

Want proof? Follow the career of Tim Rosener (MAc12). He started with PwC providing risk consulting services to clients ranging from Fortune 100 financial service companies to global philanthropies. He’s now a strategy manager at global supply chain experts CH Robinson in Minneapolis.

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