Department 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:  William Tayler

Resources & Opportunity: 

The N. Eldon Tanner Building. The Tanner Building, which houses the Marriott School, is one of the finest facilities of its kind. The original building with a dramatic seven-story atrium was recently updated with a new four-story addition. The addition boasts thirty-nine team study rooms, six large case rooms, the Blue Line Deli, and adds 76,000 square feet to the existing building.

The Marriott School of Management. The Marriott School is recognized as one of the outstanding management schools in the nation. Faculty are actively engaged in research and publication, and they fill leadership positions in a number of national professional organizations. The school has developed innovative educational programs that include internships, executive visitation programs, special student consulting and research projects, and other activities designed to bring management education and training closer to management practice. This is accomplished, in part, through the Marriott School’s National Advisory Council.

National Advisory Council. Consisting of more than 160 prominent business and government executives, the National Advisory Council lends major support to the Marriott School. Students benefit by interacting with council members in special campus lectures and seminars and by visiting or working with these executives in their respective organizations. Furthermore, the council assists students with placement opportunities, helps develop funding sources for scholarships, and provides professional development for faculty members.

The Executives on Campus Program. This program gives students an opportunity to interact with distinguished business and government leaders who come to campus. These executives visit classes and meet with student organizations as well as participate in the Executive Lecture Series and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.

Financial Assistance: 

The School of Accountancy utilizes the Marriott School’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. The Marriott School of Management offers scholarships to Marriott School students through the college, departments and programs. One application online at allows students to apply for all scholarships the Marriott School offers.

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

Loans. Several loans are available for Marriott School students:

  • Marriott School Loans: available to full-time Marriott School day students. Marriott School 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: