Students are not required to choose a concentration, however the MAC program offers three optional concentrations. All MAC students are required to take eight core ACC courses (comprising 22 semester hours of coursework). Each concentration requires an additional two to three specified elective classes in the ERM, Tax or IT area. 

Information Technology (IT) Concentration

Information technology (IT) is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks, information databases and auditing information systems. MAC students concentrating in IT can strengthen their performance in core audit roles and explore career opportunities with large firms who have rapidly developed Information Technology Audit practice lines. Information Technology Concentration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Concentration

ERM is a rapidly emerging business discipline that provides a process for understanding and monitoring the myriad of risks faced by organizations of all types. By coordinating the identification and assessment of various risks across the enterprise, businesses can better understand the full spectrum of risk exposures they face and make informed “risk-intelligent” decisions about how they should conduct day-to-day business operations and plan strategically for the future.  MAC students concentrating in ERM can leverage NC State’s reputation and brand in ERM to explore career opportunities with large firms who have developed practice lines in risk advisory, or can take on risk management career opportunities in corporate and government sectors.   Enterprise Risk Management Concentration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Tax Strategy Concentration

Tax is increasingly viewed by corporations as a strategic element that must be aligned with overall corporate strategy. This view requires taking into account the tax implications of business activities and transactions with the goal of minimizing tax risks (compliance risks, reputational risks and so on) while at the same time adding value to the rest of the business. A company’s tax strategy actively considers the impact of taxes on a variety of business decisions including but not limited to organization form (choice of business entity), mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, multistate and global business expansion and supply chain management with the goal of managing tax risk and optimizing the effective tax rate.  MAC students concentrating in tax strategy can strengthen their performance in core tax roles, and explore career opportunities with large firms who have rapidly developed Tax Compliance and Consulting practice lines. Tax Strategy Concentration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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