Want to Launch a Career in Business?

If you have a non-accounting undergrad
degree, including from the liberal arts
and sciences, and you’re seeking to segue
into a professional services career, the
Rice Master of Accounting, or “MAcc,”
will get you there in just 10 months.


Leveraging your non-accounting undergrad education by adding accounting technical expertise is the hallmark of the Rice MAcc. In fact, recent MAcc alumni hold undergraduate degrees in areas as varied as Economics, Engineering, English, Finance, Music Performance, Petroleum Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, and Sport Management!

As a graduate of the Rice MAcc, you will excel in your ability to synthesize across disciplinary areas and comprehend complex ideas, along with possessing strong oral and written communication skills, a global perspective, and an ethical mindset.


The Rice MAcc opens the door to a strong starting salary, accelerated timetables for professional advancement, and the lifelong prestige of holding a CPA license. 100% of the Rice MAcc Class of 2017 had secured a full-time job offer within three months of graduation.

Though some Rice MAcc graduates go directly into jobs in corporate accounting, consulting and investment banking, most graduates launch their career with one of the “Big 4” public accounting firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC). The nature of the work in the Big 4 is comparable to that in strategic and management consulting practices. Work is project-based and team-oriented, with fast-paced and client-facing tasks. Surveys consistently rank the Big 4 firms among the most desirable companies to work for nationwide.

Starting in public accounting grows your professional opportunities. After two, three, or four years, your public accounting experience makes you especially sought-after in the business world, with career opportunities across a myriad of industries.


The Rice MAcc is full-time, cohort-based, two-semester program. Classes are held in Rice’s business school building, McNair Hall, mostly during daytime hours. You are taught by many of the same faculty who teach in Rice’s top-10 ranked MBA program. Beyond financial, tax, and managerial accounting courses, you take courses in finance, economics, business law, data analytics and information systems, and ethics.

Understanding the intersection of public policy and accounting is key to succeeding in an ever-evolving business and regulatory world. So, we take all MAcc students to Washington, DC for five days to meet with representatives from the SEC, the PCAOB, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AICPA, the GAO, congressional offices, the financial press, and others.
The Rice MAcc makes you educationally qualified to sit for the CPA exam through Texas and most other states.


We are serious about attracting top talent for our program. Every MAcc student is eligible for one of our named, merit-based scholarships, ranging in amounts from $5,000 to full-tuition.

Work experience is not required.

Please note: due to the design of the Rice MAcc, those whose undergraduate major was accounting are ineligible for admission.

Find out more about our prerequisites and application deadlines:

Have more Questions? Contact the MAcc Admissions team at 713-348-6297 or maccadmissions@rice.edu.