School of Accountancy
Department Information: 
515 TNRB, Provo, UT 84602-3068
(801) 422-3951

The School of Accountancy (SOA) administers one graduate program through the Marriott School: the Master of Accountancy—MAcc.

The Master of Accountancy program offers a general background in accounting, with an emphasis on business-related subjects and an in-depth study of one or more areas of accounting. The MAcc degree is awarded on completion of a professional program, which can begin as early as the junior year of the undergraduate program, and culminates in the Marriott School after the fifth year. Students entering the SOA program with a baccalaureate degree in accounting can complete the program in less than two years.

The objective of the program is to develop graduates who exhibit professionalism and are qualified with specialized knowledge in one or more accounting areas.

The School of Accountancy seeks to educate individuals who are:

  1. Imbued with a strong sense of professional commitment
  2. Qualified with specialized knowledge in the areas of accounting or tax
  3. Committed to continued professionalism—beyond formal education
  4. Capable of becoming leaders who exhibit high standards of ethical conduct within their chosen profession.

Two emphases are offered within the MAcc program: Professional Accountancy and Tax.  The Professional Accountancy emphasis is designed for students who wish to gain a broad base of graduate accounting training.  Students typically seek accounting positions in auditing, management, not-for-profit, or PhD programs.  Tax emphasis graduates usually begin careers in the tax area of public accounting firms.

The School of Accountancy admits approximately 160 students per year into its graduate program.

Director:  Douglas F. Prawitt
Associate Director:  Scott Hobson

Resources & Opportunity: 

Unique Environment

The BYU Marriott School of Business strives to promote a rigorous academic experience in a spiritually uplifting atmosphere. Students gain the skills and abilities to “become outstanding leaders capable of dealing with change in a competitive global environment” in a setting that embraces the conduct and standards of Jesus Christ’s teachings.

The Marriott School of Business supports Brigham Young University’s mission to “develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives.”

In addition to promoting students’ intellectual and spiritual abilities, BYU Marriott places a particular emphasis on the importance of ethical behavior and firmly believes that success in business and in life can and should be achieved with integrity.

Exceptional Opportunities

Classes are not the only places where learning happens. With more than forty BYU Marriott–specific clubs available in addition to the school’s experiential learning initiatives, students are gaining relevant experience to help them prepare for a career.

Student opportunities help add to the traditional educational experience. Professional clubs offer career insights and practical help for getting a job. Field studies and on-campus internships offer real-life involvement in the business world. No matter what their interests are, students can find a way to enrich their education.

Providing career-oriented experiences for our students helps them get placed in some of the world’s top organizations—while doing what they love to do.

Remarkable Network

BYU Marriott students benefit from the support of those who champion the unique mission of the school. This community is made up of dedicated students, alumni, and friends who are working together to become outstanding leaders.

On campus students associate with peers who not only collaborate on class assignments but also assist each other in preparing for and finding internships and career opportunities. Successful alumni and friends of the school visit the Tanner Building each week to share lessons from their careers and help students prepare for challenges in the future. The school’s National Advisory Council and many program-specific advisory boards are also dedicated to supporting student learning and placement.

The Marriott name and legacy of J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott embody the values of this remarkable network of dedicated leaders.


The BYU Marriott School of Business is housed in the N. Eldon Tanner Building, a seven-story, 220,000-square foot, glass and steel building located on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. The building was expanded in 2008 to accommodate a growing number of students.

In addition to case study rooms, auditoriums, and meeting spaces, the Tanner Building offers students amenities such as the Manhattan-inspired Blue Line Deli, study rooms equipped with technology and natural lighting, and graduate student lounges. Additionally, graduate student parking is available in the nearby parking lots.

Financial Assistance: 

The School of Accountancy utilizes BYU Marriott's financial aid provisions. Qualified students can receive aid from the following: the Marriott School Scholarship Fund, private scholarship donations, assistantship awards, and loan assistance.

Scholarships. BYU Marriott offers scholarships to Marriott School students through the college, departments and programs. One application online at allows students to apply for all scholarships the BYU Marriott offers.

Assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified second-year students.

Loans. Several loans are available for BYU Marriott students:

  • BYU Marriott Loans: available to full-time BYU Marriott day students. BYU Marriott loans are handled on an individual basis, dependent on financial need and standing within the participating program.
  • BYU Short-Term Loans: available for up to the cost of tuition only.
  • Federal Stafford Loans: subsidized by the U.S. government. Not available for international students. More information on and applications for these loans are available from the BYU Financial Aid Office, A-41 ASB, (801) 422-4104, e-mail: