UM’s Master of Accountancy Program Goes Online


MISSOULA - It is now more convenient for anyone in the state ­– or the world – to prepare themselves for a successful career in accounting. The University of Montana College of Business is now offering students the ability to earn a Master of Accountancy degree regardless of where they live.

With a “flexible delivery” format, the UM MAcct allows students to choose between attending traditional face-to-face classes or logging-in to live classrooms by videoconference from any location worldwide. Students also can blend the curriculum delivery options, depending on their individual needs throughout the semester.

“We have a deeply-rooted tradition of excellence in our accounting programs at the UM College of Business,” said Associate Professor Lisa Eiler, director of the MAcct program. “Moving to a flexible delivery will give many more students the opportunity to advance their careers and education, while maintaining the excellent curriculum and programing the MAcct has worked hard over many years to develop.”

The MAcct offers curriculum designed to help students develop a high level of technical knowledge, acquire in-demand data analytics skills, facilitate growth of peer and professional networks and promote leadership capability for advancement in the accounting profession. Whether a student is interested in auditing, tax planning and strategy, technology and risk assurance or wealth management, they will be prepared to pass the CPA exam, which they can prepare for and take as part of their curriculum.

A top-20 nationally ranked program, UM MAcct alumni pass the CPA exam at rates above national averages and 95% of students have jobs on graduation day.

The College of Business has invested in technology that helps students and faculty engage in a hybrid classroom setting. There are now three flexible-delivery classrooms, one lightboard room and one computer lab in the Gallagher Business Building that include technology specifically designed for flexible delivery.

The signature feature of these rooms is the technician desk, which allows tech support to operate the infrastructure, freeing instructors to focus on instruction and ensuring lessons are transmitted smoothly to students.

Master of Accountancy students are guaranteed at least $1,000 in scholarships during the program, along with the opportunity to apply for multiple graduate assistant positions available through the College of Business. Last year, over $93,000 in scholarships were awarded specifically to College of Business graduate students.

Out-of-state students residing in the western United States may also be eligible to receive a tuition reduction. Through the Western Regional Graduate Program, an agreement among 16-member states and territories in the western United States, non-resident Montana students within the region will pay only 150% of resident tuition (

Graduate accounting students, on and off campus, also have access to the Gianchetta Student Success Center, which includes internship and career development opportunities through the College of Business.

For more information about the UM MAcct program, visit, email or call 406-243-2064.


Dawn Hambrick, UM College of Business Graduate Programs director, 406-243-2064,