Graduate Program Information

The Dixie State University Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is a professional preparatory education designed to develop the future accounting and business professional. MAcc students will:

  • Learn foundational concepts, how to navigate in the financial system, and how to impart consultative guidance
  • Qualify to sit for the CPA and CMA examinations, an essential step in becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
  • Obtain complimentary certifications, such as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


  • Complete 30 credit hours with no grade lower than a C.
  • Earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in the graduate program.
  • No grades below C are acceptable -C- is calculated as an “f”.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA every semester in the program.
  • No more than 6 credits transferred from another program.
  • One elective course is required.

ACCT6010Accounting ProfessionalismSummer3
ACCT6110Financial Accounting/ReportingFall3
ACCT6120Business Environment & ConceptsFall3
ACCT6130Auditing & AttestationSpring3
ACCT6140Laws & RegulationsSpring3
ACCT6200Tax Research & CommunicationSummer3
ACCT6210Advanced Individual TaxSpring3
ACCT6220Advanced Pass Thru EntitiesFall3
ACCT6380Financial ModelingFall3
ACCTMay be taken any semesterAny3

Admissions Policy

Applicants are expected to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • 3.0 Cumulate GPA – 3.0 GPA in Accounting courses
  • Completed Application & Application Fee $50
  • Professional Resume
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation: One from academia and one from employer
  • Transcripts (from all attended institutions and must verify completed baccalaureate degree)
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an Accredited College or University (AACSB or ACBSP),
    or – Completed Foundation Courses from an Accredited College or University
  • GMAT or GRE Test Score – 550 GMAT, 155 GRE or Approved Waiver

Foundation Courses

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax Accounting I
  • Tax Accounting II
  • Managerial Finance
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Management & Organizations
  • Management Information Systems

Get Licensed as a CPA or CMA

Not all accountants are Certified Public Accountants or Certified Management Accountants. These licenses and designations are not required to enter the workforce. However, receiving your CPA or CMA certifications can distinguish you from other business professionals – the benefits are increased trust, opportunity, and financial reward.

CPA Licensure Requirements

To be licensed as a CPA in the state of Utah an individual must:

  • Complete at least 150 semester hours of college education and obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Pass the Uniform CPA Exam and obtain official documentation of such.
  • Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam and obtain a document stating such.
  • Pass the Utah Laws and Rules Exam and obtain an official letter from the testing provider stating this.
  • Obtain an official copy of your college transcript in a sealed envelope from your school.
  • Have your supervising CPA complete the Certification of Accounting Experience for Licensure as a CPA from verifying one year of accounting experience.
  • Prepare the necessary application fees, payable to the Utah Divison of Occupational & Professional Licensing.


CMA Licensure Requirements

To be licensed as a CMA in the State of Utah, an individual must:

  • Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA Exam.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or a related professional certification.
  • Abide by IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.
  • Have two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting of financial management.



Dr. Derrick Esplin

MAcc Program Chair


Phone: 435-652-7926

Office: HAZY 132

Paula Alger

Graduate Program Manager


Phone: 435-879-4996

Office: Hazy 305