Mendoza School of Business

Accountancy Curriculum


We can pack a top MSA program into one year.

Some places call it an MSA, some call it an MAcc, others a Master of Accounting, we’re proud to call our Master’s in Accountancy one of the best in the nation.

One academic year—that’s two semesters and 30 total credit hours—is all it takes to receive a degree from a top-4 Master’s in Accountancy program and accelerate your career path. And you’ll still have time for an interterm course or study abroad opportunity in China, South America, or South Africa for two weeks.

Whether you’re interested in public accounting, corporate finance, or working for a government agency, there’s a track for you in the MSA program at Notre Dame. If this is the program for you but you need more course prep, our Accounting Immersion Program will get you ready for the Master of Science in Accountancy.

The Assurance and Advisory Services track is ideal for those preparing for a career in public accounting, especially in the audit area, corporate finance, or with financial institutions.

Track Requirements: (12 credit hours)

  • Advanced Assurance Services
  • Analysis and Valuation Using Financial Statements
  • Taxes and Business Strategy
  • Topics in Accounting Measurement and Disclosure

Accountancy Electives: (2 credit hour min)

  • Accounting for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Fraud & Audit Analytics
  • Ethics in Accounting
  • Accounting for Income Taxes
  • IFRS
  • Capital Market Disclosure

Analytics and Finance Electives: (2 credit hour min)

  • Data Exploration & Visualization
  • Accounting Data Management
  • Data Analytics in Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting Analytics
  • Fraud and Audit Analytics
  • Business Forecasting
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Bond Issue Process
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Practicum
  • Financial Policy
  • Financing the Corporation
  • Fixed Income Securities I
  • Equity Valuation
  • Strategic Finance & Valuation
  • Options & Futures
  • Applied Investment Management
  • Investments
  • Multinational Financial Management
  • Options and Futures
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Development Process
  • Real Estate Fundamentals
  • Real Estate Valuation and Income Property Investments
  • Working Capital Management

Communication Electives: (2 credit hour min)

  • Strategic Writing
  • Advanced Speaking for Business
  • Negotiation
  • Corporate Communication
  • Strategic Communication

General Electives:

  • Business Law: Property & Neg. Instr.
  • Tax Research
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Partnership & Passive Activities
  • Intro International Taxation
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Tax – International Individuals
  • Wealth Planning Taxation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Innovations in Healthcare
  • Interterm Courses
  • International Immersion

REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS: 30

All courses listed above will count toward the  30 credit hour minimum for graduation.


The Data Analytics Concentration requires 8 credit hours of ACCT courses from the Analytics and Finance Electives section or other MSA Program approved analytics courses. Data Exploration & Visualization and Accounting Data Management are required for the concentration.

The Tax Services track is designed to prepare students for careers with public accounting firms, business enterprises, and governmental agencies.

Track Requirements: (12 credit hours)

  • Taxes and Business Strategy
  • Partnerships and Passive Activities
  • Tax Research
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders

Tax Electives: (3 credit hour min)

  • Spec Top in Tax II / Periods & Methods / Ethics
  • International Taxation
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Tax – International Individuals
  • Wealth Planning Taxation
  • Accounting for Income Taxes

Analytics and Finance Electives: (2 credit hour min)

  • Data Exploration & Visualization
  • Accounting Data Management
  • Data Analytics in Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting Analytics
  • Fraud and Audit Analytics
  • Business Forecasting
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Bond Issue Process
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Practicum
  • Financial Policy
  • Financing the Corporation
  • Fixed Income Securities I
  • Equity Valuation
  • Strategic Finance & Valuation
  • Options & Futures
  • Applied Investment Management
  • Investments
  • Multinational Financial Management
  • Options and Futures
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Development Process
  • Real Estate Fundamentals
  • Real Estate Valuation and Income Property Investments
  • Working Capital Management

Communication Electives: (2 credit hour min)

  • Strategic Writing
  • Advanced Speaking for Business
  • Negotiation
  • Corporate Communication
  • Strategic Communication

General Electives

  • Business Law: Property & Neg. Instr.
  • Topics in Acct. Meas. & Disclosure
  • Accounting for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Analysis & Valuation using F/S
  • Advanced Assurance Services
  • Fraud & Audit Analytics
  • Ethics in Accounting
  • IFRS
  • Capital Market Disclosure
  • International Management
  • Innovations in Healthcare
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Launching New Ventures
  • Interterm Courses
  • International Immersion

REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS: 30

All courses listed above will count toward the  30 credit hour minimum for graduation.


The Data Analytics Concentration requires 8 credit hours of ACCT courses from the Analytics and Finance Electives section or other MSA Program approved analytics courses. Data Exploration & Visualization and Accounting Data Management are required for the concentration.

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