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On campus or online, our curriculum is designed to prepare you to succeed in all aspects of your accounting career.

Core Curriculum

Whether pursued on campus and in-person or taken entirely online, the Jenkins Master of Accounting (MAC) curriculum is designed to provide a broad understanding of accounting and business practices and a rigorous technical education — the perfect combination for professional success.

All  on-campus and online students will complete the Jenkins MAC core accounting curriculum and their choice of business electives.

Data Analytics

The Jenkins MAC integrates data analytics across in all classes and starts the academic year with a data analytics bootcamp.

You’ll learn how to think criticallyinterpret the data and present it. Multiple sources, including this PwC report, “Data Driven: What Students Need to Succeed in a Rapidly Changing Business World,” emphasize the important data analytics-related skills that accounting professionals must possess.

High-Impact Learning Experiences

The Jenkins MAC program takes a hands-on learning approach that immerses you in real world accounting challenges to prepare you to hit the ground running after graduation. Every day in the MAC classroom is different and includes real world case studies and team projects. Teamwork is a big component of the program and prepares students to work in diverse groups after graduation. MAC faculty bring professional experience and team up with industry leaders to provide practical experience that translate into real-life success.

Real Audit Experience

In Advanced Auditing, students audit sections of NC State’s Sustainability Report, sharpening knowledge and decision-making skills.

Practicum Projects

In IT Risks and Controls, students work with companies to evaluate real risks and controls for core business processes

Global Experiences

Students have the opportunity to participate in optional global experiences, gaining an understanding of the global professional environment.

ERM Practicum Projects

In Spring 2023, 19 students conducted real-world projects for one of three organizations: Boy Scouts of America, UNC Greensboro and Wake County Government. During these projects, students learned about the organization’s key strategic initiatives and business drivers; guided C-suite leaders through a process to prioritize strategic risks; prepared an extensive Strategic Risk Analysis report; and delivered a formal presentation to senior leaders that highlights key risk insights and related challenges.

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Engaged Faculty

The Jenkins MAC curriculum is taught by senior accounting faculty who bring real world expertise and cutting-edge academic research in their specialties.

In addition, MAC faculty members formally mentor 10 to 15 students each to ensure students have the guidance and support needed to thrive in the program.

Learning about the MAC mentoring program on Orientation Day was a welcome surprise. Since high school, I’ve always made a point of finding at least one mentor. No one expects students to figure everything out alone. We always do better when we ask for help.

—Victoria Gervasi, MAC ’21

Through tailored mentoring sessions and group projects, my professors and peers at Poole were instrumental in encouraging me to launch into an ever-evolving industry.

Michael Cento

Jenkins MAC Class of 2017
Finance Manager, ICON PLC