The Villanova School of Business announced this week their new Master of Accounting with Data Analytics (MACDA) program, in which students will be able to take a more big data and analytics-based course starting Fall 2018.

Villanova sought input from the Big Four accounting firms and others in their development of MACDA, which will look to focus on data analytics, communication, and specialized electives. Existing courses in the Master of Accounting program were also updated to include more data aspects.

“The Villanova MACDA provides our students with a new, cutting-edge curriculum that will keep them at the forefront of current and future accounting profession, as well as top-tier preparation for the CPA exam,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, dean of the Villanova School of Business, per a statement. "With the revamped MAC, our Master’s program will align its curriculum with the skill sets needed in the professional world, while also providing employers with well-rounded, innovative and technologically advanced students ready to perform in a competitive marketplace.”

MACDA will additionally shift from a summer-based program to a full academic year program to give students the proper time to study for the CPA Exam and network with firms. Combined with an undergraduate degree, the 30-credit program will supply the 150 credit hours needed for CPA licensure.

Villanova.eduFor more on Villanova's School of Business, head to the University's site here.

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Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe is a senior editor with Accounting Today.