LSU Master of Accounting Changes Name

Thomas Phillips Jr. head shot

​Accounting Chair Thomas Phillips Jr.

May 5, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The E. J. Ourso College of Business has changed the name of its Master of Science in Accounting to the Master of Accountancy, or MAcc.

The name change is, in part, to prevent confusion with other programs that share a similar abbreviation at LSU, as well as match terminology adopted by other colleges around the country. It will be effective as of the Fall 2016 semester.

“MAcc is used by many of our peers around the country. It is also the common abbreviation of those who hire our accounting graduates,” said Thomas Phillips Jr., chair of the Department of Accounting.

The MAcc is a 30-hour program that, when added to the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, satisfies the requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Students in the master’s program have the opportunity to select electives in several areas of interest, including tax, financial reporting and assurance, forensic accounting, and internal audit.

About the Department of Accounting
The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia. For more information, visit our home page, call 225-578-6202, or email

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business