Wednesday, September 12, 2018

By Amanda Taylor

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – A new online Master of Accountancy (MACC) program has been added to the list of UTRGV’s Accelerated Online Graduate Programs in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship.

The MACC program is designed to give accounting professionals the skills and knowledge they need to advance into a leadership role and to enable students to satisfy the 150-hour requirement of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination.

“The online accelerated MACC program offers students the same courses, degree plan and instructors as does our face-to-face program, but allows for a flexible entry enrollment five times a year with courses lasting seven weeks each,” said Dr. Penny Simpson, interim director for the UTRGV School of Accountancy.

“All the program’s courses have undergone a rigorous state-of-the-art blueprinting design process using Quality Matters standards,” she said. “The online MACC is especially convenient for accounting professionals who work full-time, who frequently travel for their jobs, or for those people who just cannot come to campus.”

The online MACC is one of few master’s in accountancy programs in the nation to offer courses in the accelerated format and to follow Quality Matters certification guidelines. 

In addition, the Vackar CoBE  and its programs are accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and graduates are routinely recruited by organizations like the Big Four accounting firms (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler), governmental accounting offices, state comptroller offices, the FDIC and other local, national and international organizations.

For more information on the program, click on the link here or email


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.