Iowa Campus
Friday, February 5, 2016
Drew Marlier

Since its inception at the University of Iowa, the Tippie College of Business Masters of Accountancy (M.Ac.) program has been dedicated to providing a unique, lasting experience for the future success of its students. What’s backing up that notion? The program was recently ranked 39th out of 50 graduate accounting programs by Accounting Degree Review.

Accounting Degree Review created its rankings by pulling information from U.S. News and World Report, Public Accounting Report, Brigham Young University and the Association to Advance College Schools of Business accreditation.

As explained by Daniel Collins, accounting professor and department executive officer, the strength of the program lies within the unique development of writing skills and analytical skills.

“The M.Ac. program is abstract,” Collins said. “The program is about developing your conceptual thinking and looks at the broader role accounting plays in decision making.”

Collins also points out the quality that the instructors provide for the program.

“We have very strong people teaching in our M.Ac. program,” Collins explained. “They have outstanding teaching rankings, and I think students recognize the value they get from these instructors.”

As for the future of the program, the focus is driven by the success of its students and raising the program’s visibility.  

“We’re going to continue to work on making other schools and people around the country aware of what we do in this program,” Collins said. “If people take a look at the coursework, the types of instruction and the assignments students do, I think people will be very impressed.”

Tippie's Masters of Accountancy program allows students to complete the 150 semester hours necessary for the CPA exam and provides four specializations in financial/auditing, business analytics, managerial accounting, and tax.