The Master of Accounting is intended for high ability business graduates who want to achieve long-term career success in the accountancy profession. Because the programme assumes a high level of accountancy knowledge only graduates who have completed an undergraduate programme with a substantial accountancy element are eligible.
The Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme at UCD Smurfit School is the leading accounting specialist Masters programme in Ireland. Over the last 30 years the programme has consistently attracted high calibre graduates, providing them with broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills.
The goal of the Master of Accounting programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training, and then advance rapidly to senior management positions either within professional practice or industry.
The programme is the result of close collaboration between Chartered Acountants Ireland and UCD Smurfit School. The programme objectives are:
The programme prepares students for leadership in the accounting profession by equipping them with the necessary technical, analytical and personal skills. The programme also meets the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examinations.
Every MAcc graduate should be able to:
You will graduate with a Master of Accounting from a leading international business school, giving you a competitive advantage over other accounting professionals.
The programme is recognised and highly regarded by employers as the path to becoming a successful accounting professional. It will also accelerate your long-term career objectives as it enhances the marketability of your professional accounting qualification.
As a graduate of the Master of Accounting programme, you are exempt from all but the Final Admitting Examinations (FAE) of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Particular strengths of the programme include:
Your Master of Accounting from UCD Smurfit School gives you a competitive advantage that will benefit you throughout your career.
The Master of Accounting qualification from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School gives you the broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills you need for the long-term development of your accountancy career.
The Master of Accounting gives you access to a wide range of employment opportunities in:
Graduates of the programme are employed with the following organisations:
The Master of Accounting programme from UCD Smurfit School offers students a systematic and rigorous knowledge of accounting and related disciplines.
This is a one year programme, broken down into three semesters. Assessment is based on examinations, which are held at the end of each semester and continuous assessment. You will choose to either complete a minor dissertation during the summer semester or two summer modules.
Modules are 36 hours long and lectures are 2 hours in duration. Lectures are generally scheduled 4 days per week, taking place from 9.00am-4.30pm. In addition there are workshops in accounting information systems, taxation and research methods.
The start of the programme will be preceded by a Pre-Masters Preparatory Course in Financial Accounting. This course is mandatory and will serve as a revision and refresher of Financial Accounting material that has been covered at undergraduate level. The syllabus is as follows:
Thereafter, you will complete modules in the following areas and either a minor dissertation or two summer modules
Important Note: Students who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of Ireland should contact the ICAI directly regarding their eligibility for CAP 1 exemptions on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Degree awards (levels, categories, classification) vary greatly across countries. International students are urged to contact the Admissions Office to get clarification on equivalent grades and the grades required for entry to this Masters programme. The UCD GPA system ranges from 4.2 downwards, unlike many other universities for which it is 4.0.
The Admissions Office can be contacted at email@example.com.
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.
No work experience is required.
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold the `triple crown´ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence. These accreditations benchmark us against the best in the world and position UCD Smurfit School on the global map. Attaining these accreditations requires us to continually evaluate and enhance our own courses and programmes.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
The School is built upon an extraordinary leadership gift from Dr Michael WJ Smurfit. His generosity, and that of our patrons, sponsors, alumni and friends, has allowed us to maintain our position as one of the top European business schools.