Tulane offers a 5-year joint Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) and Master of Accounting (MAACT) program. As part of this program, students complete their BSM in four years, declaring an undergraduate business major within the school and fulfilling all the requirements for that degree in four years. Students then complete their MACCT degree requirements in their fifth year.
The MACCT program’s core courses provide academic rigor in auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting and taxation. The program’s flexible structure gives students the option of adding a concentration in Finance, Energy or Taxation and to complete their coursework over 2 or 3 semesters. Additionally, if the student desires, the MACCT course offerings can enable a student to sit for the CPA exam.
We develop analytical thinking skills in our students through experiential learning in all our courses – Socratic discussions, case studies, group projects are all part of the coursework. Ethical issues in accounting are also woven into class discussions. Tulane MACCT program boasts a world-class faculty who are exceptional teachers and active researchers. Our faculty have hands-on industry experience (e.g. investment banking, revenue authority, private tax practice, and expert testimony for litigation) which they integrate in the classroom. A business communications course and assignments in other courses further develop students’ written and oral communication skills.
Students have the option to complete their service learning requirement through certain classes offered through the Freeman School of Business. Past examples include:
Legal Studies – Students partnered with a local organization, Court Watch NOLA. Through this partnership, students became familiar with courtroom procedure and acquired research, investigation, and analytical skills through courtroom observation and data collection.
Management of Technology and Innovation – Students completed an Eco Challenge Project utilizing the latest technologies to develop a plan to have the metropolitan New Orleans area run on totally renewable energy. The public service added to their knowledge and experience seeing firsthand the needs of the community and what the challenges are to transform the city to a sustainable area.
Cases in Financial Management – Students completed extensive research and built lesson plans to teach core elements of financial literacy to high school students.
Professional staff from the career management center (CMC) provide students with career education programs and counselling that respond to the current market and help students develop and manage their career. Services offered by the CMC include individual career coaching, assistance in developing effective cover letters and resumes, mock interviews, workshops on exploring and navigating the job market, etc. Ardent competition for Tulane MACCT students means that MACCT graduates are very successful in pursuing careers with the major public accounting firms as well as private industry.