Moving business forward

U.S. News & World Report lists N.C. A&T State University as No. 7 overall out of 76 institutions on the list and No. 1 among HBCU public schools.

Each year, Big Four accounting firms recruit our accounting majors in addition to national and regional accounting firms, Fortune 500 service and industrial firms and large governmental agencies. These companies also offer an abundance of opportunities for summer internships. Thank you for taking time to explore how our department can contribute to your future success.

Ever wonder what Aggies do?

Enhance your career options and continue to advance
your knowledge and understanding.

How can a MACC help you!


Enhance CPA
Exam Results

The CPA Exam remains a rigorous rite of passage for those entering the accounting profession. Because protection of the public interest is one of the profession's primary goals, it is imperative to have a strong pipeline of CPA candidates who demonstrate their proficiency by passing the exam. N.C. A&T is one of 50 schools that partner with Becker CPA Review.


Improve Employment Opportunities

While there are ample opportunities for both experienced and entry-level workers in finance and accounting, the field is constantly evolving. If you want to land a role at your top-choice company — and achieve job satisfaction and success — you’ll want to possess the most sought-after accounting skills. N.C. A&T has two Career Fairs per year, one in the fall & one in the spring. Beta Alpha Psi, an organization in the Department, hosts a "Meet the Firm" every September.


Increase Career

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, between the years 2012 and 2022, the number of jobs for accountants and auditors in the United States is expected to increase by 13%. Changes in tax laws and the regulatory environment, as well as the expansion of global commercial business and increased financial controls continue to drive the demand for skilled accountants in the public and private sectors.

Money Matters!

Affordable Cost & High Salaries

Money magazine offer great news for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students and families. The magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2018” rankings include 21 North Carolina campuses, and of those, North Carolina A&T is the most affordable, with an estimated annual cost to attend for 2018-19 of $18,300.

When the university’s average annual financial aid award is factored in, that price tag drops to $10,300 – again, best among North Carolina schools included in the listing.

The value of the N.C. A&T experience shows up strongly in the magazine’s calculation of early career earnings. Three years after graduation, N.C. A&T graduates have an average salary, tying them for third in the University of North Carolina System. A combination of affordable graduate tuition plus higher salaries after graduation means that you can get a great education, at a tremendous value, leading to satisfying career.

In the lab, in the field, in the largest international corporations, in outer space and community & social change, our Graduate Students excel. Find out more about a place where history and tradition meet discovery and innovation. Enhance your career and life. Perhaps an affordable, valuable, practical Graduate Degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an important part of you ...fulfilling your destiny.

Academic excellence and cutting-edge research opportunities within interdisciplinary research centers.

The Department of Accounting and Finance

The Master of Accountancy (MACC) program resides in the College of Business and Economics (COBE) and provides high-quality, graduate-level, accounting education. Our program integrates technical skills with the development of personal attributes necessary for the continuing growth and success of our graduates. To this end, we work to build competence in technical accounting knowledge and important skills such as management-level communication, critical thinking, data analysis, and applied technology. Our programs are also affordable and accessible.

The Master of Accountancy degree is designed to prepare students for public accounting and to provide them with the 150 credit hours of classroom, as well as clinical hours, required by most states before taking the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and/or completing license requirements. The MACC program is designed to prepare students for work as a practicing Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and provide advanced knowledge built on a foundation of accounting principles and business acumen.

The Department of Accounting and Finance at N.C. A&T has a rich legacy of educating business professionals with a strong comprehension of accounting. We were the first accounting program at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive the prestigious accreditation of AACSB International. This recognition provides evidence of the department’s focus on maintaining highly-qualified faculty and high standards in student learning. According to NASBA, The Accounting program at N.C. A&T is the largest producers of African-American CPAs in the nation. Help move business forward by building on your accounting background with a Master of Accountancy at N.C. A&T.

Kecia Williams Smith, Ph.D., CPA

Master of Accountancy Program


Dr. Kecia Williams Smith, Director, Master of Accountancy (MACC) Program ∙ Department of Accounting and Finance ∙ College of Business and Economics ∙ 235 Merrick Hall North Carolina A&T State University 1601 East Market St, Greensboro, NC 27411 ∙ 

Voice (336) 285-3389∙ Fax (336) 256-2274

Kecia Williams Smith, Ph.D., CPA,
Assistant Professor
Director, Master of Accountancy (MACC) Program

Master of Accountancy (MACC)

The Master of Accountancy degree is designed to prepare students for public accounting and to provide them with the 150 credit hours of classroom, but mostly clinical hours, required by most states before taking the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.

This specialty program is one year in length and contains from ten three semester credit hour- courses (30 semester hours in total). The program will consist of  a combination of graduate accounting courses, graduate management and other graduate business electives.

The program is designed to not only prepare students for the CPA examination but also to provide a strong knowledge of accounting principles and business applications.

Unique Value Proposition:

  • All tenure-track Accounting faculty members hold an earned doctorate in the field of Accounting or all are doctoral qualified in their specific teaching area.
  • All tenure-track Accounting faculty have active CPA licenses.
  • The Accounting program is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Graduates of the Accounting program regularly achieve a variety of professional certifications including the CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA designations.
  • We are one of 50 programs partnering with Becker’s Academic Support Program.
  • According to NASBA, The Accounting program at N.C. A&T is the largest producers of African-American CPAs in the nation.

With a student-centered emphasis on leadership, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, achievement and excellence, we educate and mentor high-performing leaders who advance business for the good of people, communities and economies around the world.

What do our students say?

“Choosing North Carolina A&T State University was one the best decisions I’ve ever made! I had some of the best years of my life at N.C. A&T, not only in regards to my social life, but also my professional and overall development. The faculty, the professional programs, and the courses, all helped me achieve my goals and prepare for life after college. Because of N.C. A&T, I was able to secure and complete SIX internships and receive multiple full-time offers before starting graduate school.

I developed skills and study habits that have allowed me to excel in professional settings, graduate school, and pass all four parts of the CPA exam in one summer. I was also able to attend my first choice for graduate school, Wake Forest University, with multiple scholarships - but of course my real first choice would have been N.C. A&T if the MACC program started in 2016!

I am currently a Tax Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP and will soon be a Certified Public Accountant (completing the application process now!), and I owe it all to North Carolina A&T State University and the wonderful professors that helped mold me into the accounting professional I am today.”

Payton Sartin - Graduate Student

"My Name is Opia, my friends call me O. I graduated from N.C. A&T in 2015. I had a great experience at A&T because of my experience in the Accounting program. While in the program, I received many opportunities that promoted my academic, professional, and personal growth. I participated in recruiter "meet-and-greets," received professional mentorship, and we had meetings with industry professionals that gave us insight into business trends and forecasts.

Students, like myself, were able to take advantage of the exposure to elite companies. The accounting education at N.C. A&T was vital to my preparation as a working professional. I learned to think critically, build a solid technical foundation, and make the Aggie Family proud.

Our teachers were tough but caring and loving. I always knew that they wanted us to succeed and have a great career and life. As a result of my preparation, training, and exposure, I am enjoying my accounting career. I work as a public auditor, learning, growing, and thriving every day. I sincerely believe that the Accounting Program at North Carolina A&T State University is among the best!"

Opia - Accounting Alumni

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With a focus on individual success, The Master of Accountancy program combines excellence in education with world-class career opportunities to give students the freedom to explore, expand and advance their knowledge of business and accounting.

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