Careers

Increased demand for accountants is projected through the next decade due to globalization, a growing economy and a more complex tax code. Accountants with a master’s degree and those who have earned earned credentials as Certified Public Accountants have the best career prospects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Temple’s MAcc program prepares students to successfully enter the field of public accounting and the accounting industry, and has a 96% job placement rate overall, with at least 50% of graduates being placed in Big Four accounting firms.

The majority of MAcc students are working towards becoming CPAs. More long term career prospects may include

  • audit manager,
  • auditor,
  • chief financial officer,
  • controller,
  • financial analyst,
  • internal auditor,
  • tax accountant and
  • tax advisor.

MAcc Career Services

The Fox School's Center for Student Professional Development and MAcc program leadership offer a robust professional development experience for MAcc students including office visits, colloquiums and networking opportunities. Master of Accountancy faculty draw on their professional networks within the Big Four, national and regional public accounting firms to identify the ideal career opportunity for each MAcc student. Students are introduced to career resources before they even start their coursework and continue to benefit from individualized services including

  • impression management,
  • one-on-one career counseling,
  • meetings with recruiters, and
  • résumé critique and interview preparation.

Alumni Employers

Temple University maintains strong ties with employers, both within the city of Philadelphia and beyond, who have employed, or who currently employ, former Temple students. Graduates from the Department of Accounting have gone on to work for a variety of employers, including

  • Baker Tilly,
  • BDO USA LLP,
  • CliftonLarsonAllen,
  • Deloitte,
  • EisnerAmper LLP,
  • Ernst & Young,
  • Grant Thornton,
  • KPMG,
  • Marcum LLP,
  • Mazars,
  • Protiviti,
  • PwC and
  • RSM.

Career Services

Outcomes

Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Accountancy MAcc may include the following examples.

Career

Median Salary*

Accountants

$70,500.00

Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks

$40,240.00

Budget Analysts

$76,220.00

Financial Examiners

$80,180.00

Licensing Examiners & Inspectors

$68,860.00

Tax Preparers

$39,390.00

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).