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Master of Accounting Curriculum

Tulane's Master of Accounting program has an industry-endorsed curriculum designed to be flexible, allowing students to tailor their education to their personal and professional goals. All students will work closely with a faculty advisor to design an individual course of study. The program requires completion of 30 credit hours. 

Accounting Prerequisites

(must be completed prior to beginning the program)

  • Financial Accounting (Freeman School ACCN 2010 or equivalent)
  • Managerial or Cost Accounting (Freeman School ACCN 3010 or equivalent)
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II (Freeman School ACCN 3100 & 4110 or equivalent)

Core Courses


Core courses must be waived if the student successfully completed prior academic work covering substantially the same material. Course waivers must be approved before enrollment by the MACCT faculty advisor. Any core courses waived must be replaced with approved electives to meet the 30 credit hour requirement. 



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.


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 in the job market. The analytics specialization helps students build tangible skills in data analytics as well as become savvy business users of data analysis.


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.


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 fast-growing 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 Forensic Accounting.  

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.  


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. Completion of additional coursework, available through the Tulane Law School or as an independent study, leads to a major in taxation.