Recognized for Quality
In 1978, the Idaho State University College of Business became the first business school in the state of Idaho to receive accreditation from the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The AACSB represents “the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide,” and accredits less than five percent of schools granting business degrees in the world. The College of Business’ accounting program is also separately accredited as one of only 189 schools holding both accounting and business accreditation.
Above Average CPA Pass Rates
The Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam licenses individuals in one of the 50 states as a highly qualified accountant. The CPA exam requires 150 college credits and is divided into four sections, which are completed at different times of the year. Due to the exam’s notorious difficulty, a CPA licensure represents a highly qualified credential for accountants in the field. In fact, the national cumulative pass rate for all four sections of the exam is just over 46 percent.
Affordable & Manageable
As one of the most affordable AACSB accredited MAcc program in the area, Idaho residents can expect to earn their graduate degree for as little as $14,420. Students also have the opportunity to apply for our graduate assistantship program, which provides free tuition and a $13,000 stipend, requiring just 19 hours of work per week.
For students holding an undergraduate degree in accounting, the MAcc can be completed in just one year with a full-time course load. Students in the program take two eight-week courses at a time throughout the fall and spring, finishing with a summer capstone course. Curriculum
International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition
This rigorous competition challenges top-level students from around the world to complete 12 quarters (three years) of simulated business decisions expedited over the course of a semester along with submitting a formal business plan and annual report. Students then travel to Anaheim for an intense 72-hour competition against their international peers followed by a formal presentation to executive-level judges from companies throughout the western U.S.
Students who apply for the graduate assistantship positions also have the opportunity to apply for Bengal Solutions. This program leverages the expertise of the best graduate business students taking on in-depth consulting projects for Idaho companies. Students have the opportunity to work under the guidance of a Bengal Solutions Director to develop analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills working on real projects that benefit Idaho’s Economic Development. Learn more about Bengal Solutions
Meet the Firms
Meet the Firms is an accounting student career fair organized by the accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). Meet the Firms allows students to network with some of the top accounting firms in the Northwest. BAP even leaves a prepared binder of student resumes with each recruiter.
Accounting Career Vision Symposium
This event follows Meet the Firms during the College’s annual Professional Development Month. During the symposium, students have an opportunity to participate in an open forum with graduates and professionals to ask questions about their professions. The students also enjoy a networking lunch and keynote by prominent experts in the field.
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is the College’s nationally recognized fraternity for accounting students. Students in BAP become highly visible among potential employers with their extensive involvement in organizing events such as Meet the Firms and VITA. The students also organize numerous fund raising activities throughout the year including October’s “Zombie Fun Run,” March’s “Bengal Bunny Fun Run” and a golf tournament. Students also travel to the regional and national meetings for the organization, which has taken place in cities such as Boston, Denver and Anaheim. Beta Alpha Psi
A Look at Our MAcc Students
From Idaho: 67%
Out of State: 26%
Health Sciences: 4%
Humanities/Social Sciences: 4%