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Master of Accountancy


Why a Master of Accountancy?

Passionate learners who are ready to take the next step on the road to a professional career in accounting with the goal of sitting for the CPA exam are encouraged to apply for the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at Keystone College.

Our 30-credit MAcc program is structured to allow students to take classes online and complete the degree in one year.


  • The MAcc program is designed to provide the flexibility that professionals need to balance family, work, and school.
  • Learn from faculty with academic and real world experience who care about your success and progress.
  • Create lasting connections that can lead to promotions and new opportunities in your career.

What is the typical salary for a Master of Accountancy?

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2022 to 2032.


Forensic Accountant


Certified Public Accountant


Certified Management Accountant

Salary based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Keystone?

You can be confident that Keystone’s Online Degree Programs adhere to the same high standards of quality as our traditional, on-campus programs. Keystone is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It’s ranked among the best regional colleges in the U.S., and as one of the best schools for military veterans. It’s also the oldest educational institution in Northeast Pennsylvania.


Generous Credit Transfer

If you’ve earned applicable graduate level credits with a B or better, they may be accepted for transfer to Keystone. Students can transfer in up to 9 of the 30 credits required for graduation.


Classes are offered 100% online. and are designed to fit into your schedule, enabling you to balance work and family life, finish your degree, enhance your skills and advance your career.


Tuition is an affordable $600 per credit hour. Alumni of Keystone who are enrolled in a Master’s degree program at Keystone College are eligible to receive a 10% discount.  Find out more here.

Program Format:

The MAcc program will be delivered in an online format. Students will be required to have the necessary hardware and software and access to the Internet and Moodle in order to complete coursework.

The graduate cohort program will operate on a seven-week session with students completing 6 credits of study in each seven-week session. There will be two weeks off between sessions. Students who are admitted to the MAcc program are expected to register for courses every semester and complete the program in one year.

This program will enroll a new cohort of students beginning in May each year.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (any major) from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to attend the online MAcc program at Keystone. Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance must complete the following undergraduate accounting courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of B or higher: Financial Accounting, Managerial or Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I,  Intermediate Accounting II, Individual Federal Taxes and Auditing to be considered for the program.

Program Schedule

The graduate cohort program will operate on a 7 or 7.5 week session with students completing 3 – 6 credits of study in each 7 or 7.5 week session.


  • Application: Applicants are required to submit their application online
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities
  • Current resume or CV

For international students the following is also required:

  • Transcripts (English translation is required) with proof of degree conferred
  • Financial Statement (ISFS) with affidavit of financial support to pay
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Scores. An 80 TOEFL score is required. A 6.5 IELTS score is required.

Course Sequence

Fall 1st Half
ACCT 5250 Advanced Auditing
ACCT/BUSN 6200 Corporate Law and Regulations

Fall 2nd Half
ACCT 6150 Corporate and Partnership Taxes
BUSN 6910 Strategic Analysis

Spring 1st Half
ACCT 6810 CPA Review I

Spring 2nd Half
ACCT 6910 CPA Review II
ACCT/BUSN 5150 International Accounting

Summer 1st Half
CORE 5100 Graduate Writing and Research
BUSN 6150 Financial Management in Public & Non-Profit Organizations
ACCT 5300 Forensic Accounting

Program Goals
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of topics in computing systems such as programming language paradigms, operating systems, computer networks, and high-performance computing.
  • Perform effectively as a team leader as well as a member, by actively participating in the team, completing assigned tasks on schedule and working toward a common goal.
  • Apply critical thinking skills by analyzing facts using appropriate methodologies to relate the issue to the known body of knowledge and drawing sound conclusions.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to successfully design, develop or enhance, and implement shareable projects that advance computer science in applied areas.

“When it came time to look for colleges, I had a lot of options. I didn’t think I would come to Keystone because it was closest to home.  However, I couldn’t be more grateful. Truly my entire life is what it is because I went to Keystone.”

Katelynn Nichols, Class of 2013
CPA, Partner at Cawley, Johnson & Sanders, PC

Featured Faculty

Patricia Davis, PhD

Patricia Davis, PhD

Professor of Accounting
Elizabeth Schneider, JD

Elizabeth Schneider, JD

Associate Professor of Business  
Kevin Vinson

Kevin Vinson

Associate Professor of Accounting


Dr. Patricia Davis
Program Director

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