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Master of Accounting Specializations

Tulane's Master of Accounting program provides specializations that allow students to tap into the expertise of Freeman’s stellar faculty, both within accounting and in other areas, to craft an interdisciplinary education or to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of accounting. All MACCT students work one-on-one with their faculty advisor to develop a course of study appropriate for their academic preparation, interests and career goals.

Students’ ability to pursue a specialization will depend on their background in accounting. While no specialization is required, the expertise gained by completing a specialization will help students stand out to potential employers in the job market.

Analytics

Today, as most companies are growing and competing based on technology, the use of data analytics, which underscores these new technologies, is rapidly becoming part of everyone’s job. Because accounting plays an integral role in an organization’s information system, analytics are playing an even greater role in this field, and students with a solid understanding of analytics and the tools to analyze data will stand out on the job market. Accounting analytics helps students build tangible skills in data analytics as well as become savvy business users of data analysis.

Energy

The dynamic energy industry is one of the world’s largest, with ample opportunities for those with the right skills and experiences. Courses in this interdisciplinary area will prepare students for careers in consulting for energy companies or working directly in the energy field. Through the Tulane Energy Institute, students will have access to a broad spectrum of energy companies as well as the companies who support the industry. The student-run Tulane Energy Club provides a community of students who share your interests.

Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship specialization allows students to develop the interdisciplinary knowledge needed to support a career working with new ventures, whether as a consultant or in launching your own business. Students can tap into the resources of Freeman’s Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to gain practical, applicable knowledge about strategy, management, and operations in fastgrowing businesses. Tulane’s engagement with the local and regional ecosystem through events such as New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week provide additional opportunities for growing your professional network.

Risk Management

Freeman’s unique specialization in Risk Management is available to students with a strong background in accounting. A specialization in Risk Management gives students a skill set that they can apply in a variety of industries and lets them add value from day one, making them highly sought after by employers. Courses include Accounting for Business and Financial Risk, Accounting and Controls for Operational Risk, Advanced Auditing and Accounting Analytics.  

Strategic and Innovation Management

The strategic and innovation management specialization gives students an interdisciplinary background to ultimately manage the internal operations of a company. Students will establish a foundation by studying operational risk through hands-on case studies, then expand their knowledge by selecting management courses on topics including negotiations, strategy and human resources.

Structured Finance

This unique specialization provides students with a holistic view of how innovative contracts are used by companies to tailor financing to their customized risk management, leverage and cost of capital needs.  Students will learn how to identify and measure risks, evaluate risk management strategies and understand the accounting for these complex transactions.  This specialization is appropriate for students interested in investment banking or working in finance for a multinational company.  

Taxation

A specialization in taxation trains students to conduct the in-depth analysis comparable to the curriculum of a master's degree in taxation.  Students will be prepared to enter this in-demand field as accounting firms and corporations deal with the significant changes to the already complicated tax laws in the U.S. Our broad range of courses, including those in risk management and analytics, will provide a holistic view of taxation, giving students a better ability to correlate taxation with business decisions. Required courses include Principles of Entity TaxationResearch in TaxationTaxation of Individuals and Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations, complemented by courses available in the Tulane Law School and the option for independent study.