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Do I need to have work experience to apply to the Ross MAcc?

No, we do not require work experience. However, if you have had some work experience, whether through a part-time job or summer internship, please include that information in your application and resume so that it may be considered during our review.

Can I reapply to the MAcc program if I wasn't accepted previously?

Yes, please use your original login and password to access the online application.

How do I reapply? Do I need to resubmit the entire application?

Students reapplying to the program in consecutive years may use an abbreviated application process one time. Reapplicants will be required to submit a new application form, one new letter of recommendation, an updated resume with a cover letter, and the application fee. Your cover letter should discuss why you are a better candidate now than in the previous year, and your resume should clearly outline your activity in the last year. New essays are not required. Credentials and other supporting materials sent with your initial application will be held for one year. If you reapply after one year from your original application date, no documents are held, and you must resubmit all application documents.

I was not accepted to the MAcc program. Can I appeal?

MAcc admission decisions are final and non-negotiable. However, if you have information you think is crucial to your evaluation that was not included in your original submission, you may appeal the decision of the admissions committee by writing the Director of the MAcc program. Letters can be emailed to us:

I was waitlisted to the MAcc program. What does this mean?

Waitlisted students may have an opportunity for admission if space is available. It is common to remain on the waiting list for several months, and we ask you to be patient. If you have new information regarding updated grades or test scores, teamwork, leadership, or community involvement, you may send one update per admission cycle via email:

Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

We review applications comprehensively, and every component is crucial to your evaluation. It is important to show your passion for accounting and your personality in your application. We also hope you demonstrate clear career goals and understand why the Ross MAcc is the best fit for you.

What types of careers do most MAccs follow?

MAcc students pursue many different career paths! Careers in fields ranging from, but not limited to, public accounting (audit, tax, and advisory), consulting, investment banking, corporate finance, and non-profit enterprise are possible. Some MAccs go on to pursue a PhD program as well.

Where can I find current placement statistics?

Ross MAcc graduates accept positions around the world and have long-term careers ranging in fields from public accounting to management consulting to investment banking. Placement statistics can be found on the Masters of Accounting Careers page

I submitted my application. When will I know if I've been admitted?

Admission decisions are typically released within six weeks of submission. However, this time can vary from one to eight weeks, depending on the volume of applications being considered when you apply. Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes both reference forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

What is the application deadline?

The MAcc application will open starting mid-July. MAcc admission is rolling and application is encouraged by December 1. Final application deadline for international candidates is March 1, 2019. The final application deadline for domestic candidates only has been extended to April 1, 2019. We evaluate batches of applications as they are received and release admission decisions throughout the cycle. Generally, admission decisions are released within eight weeks of submission. Your application and all supporting materials must be on file before your application can be evaluated. Admission is competitive, so we strongly encourage you to apply early.




How important is it to have extracurricular activity detailed in the application?

We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills and potential for success. We gauge this by looking at previous and current activity. Please include all extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer work on your resume.

Can I sit for the CPA exam after completing the Ross MAcc?

If becoming a CPA is one of your goals, our program provides the solid educational foundation needed to be successful. Early research on the education requirements mandated by the state where you intend to practice will allow you to plan your elective study to meet their specific conditions. The MAcc program will work with you to meet state requirements, but each State Board of Accountancy makes the final determination on whether or not you are eligible to sit for the exam.

CPA candidates at the University of Michigan have pass rates much higher than the national average with eleven students earning the Elijah Watt Sells Award since 2012. The prestigious AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award, is an honor given to candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA exam within one year on their first attempt.

Will you assess my undergraduate courses and tell me what I need to take to sit for the CPA exam?

To protect yourself and ensure compliance, you should contact the State Board where you intend to work to determine how your courses will "count" and what additional courses are required. The MAcc Program will be happy to assist you in identifying courses and determining how you can tailor your program to ensure exam eligibility. State Board contact information is available at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website.

Can I come to Michigan early and take my prerequisite courses on campus?

Ross does not offer a condensed offering of the required prerequisite courses. If you are not a U-M undergrad and you're interested in taking prerequisite courses at Ross, you will need to apply as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student. Even if you are permitted to take courses as a non-degree seeking student, there is no guarantee the courses you need to take will have space available. Further, most prerequisite courses are not offered in the summer term. Students are strongly encouraged to complete prerequisite coursework prior to arriving on campus.

I took some of my classes at a community college - do they count?

It is preferred that prerequisite courses are completed at a four-year degree granting institution. However, if you took introductory-level courses at a community college before transferring to your current university, you do not need to repeat the coursework. As long as your intermediate-level courses are completed at a four-year degree granting institution, your courses will satisfy our requirements.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission?

Applicants are required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score directly from the testing body. The school’s GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34 and GRE reporting code is 1839. These codes are shared by several programs at Ross, so don’t be alarmed if the MAcc Program does not appear when you input the code.

Who should I choose as my recommenders?

You must have two online application-generated reference forms on file to be considered for admission. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. We prefer one reference from an intermediate-level or higher accounting professor; the second reference may be from any professional or academic acquaintance. Applications will not be considered complete until both reference forms are on file.

Can I submit a letter from my reference instead of the form?

No. The only references accepted are the forms generated by our online application system.

Do I need to schedule an interview?

No. Interviews, which are not typical, are conducted by invitation only. If the admissions committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. The interview provides the admissions committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

Can I apply to the MAcc program while I’m completing my undergraduate degree?

You can apply as long as your undergraduate degree is complete and marked final on your transcript prior to the start of the MAcc program. Most of our students enroll directly after completion of their undergraduate degree.

Can I enroll in the MAcc program while I’m completing my undergraduate degree?

Since the program is only offered full-time, dual enrollment is not permitted. You must complete your undergraduate degree prior to starting the MAcc program.

What classes/prerequisites do I need to take to apply to the MAcc Program?

Applicants must complete the online application page outlining a plan for completion of the following prerequisite courses at the time of application:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting

  • Principles of Managerial Accounting

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting * If your university offers Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, both courses must be completed to satisfy this requirement.

  • Intermediate Cost Accounting *This course is an advisory prerequisite. If you have not completed this course, you will be permitted to take it during the MAcc Program.

  • Principles of Microeconomics

  • Statistics

What do I need to submit in order to apply to the MAcc program?

All Ross MAcc applicants must be completing or have completed the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree in virtually any field of study. In order to apply to the MAcc program, you need to submit an online application, nonrefundable application fee, transcripts, outline of prerequisite courses completion, essays, resume, references, and GMAT or GRE. In addition, international students will also need to submit a TOEFL score of 100 or higher.

How do I know if the classes I’ve taken or plan to take meet your prerequisite requirements?

If you’re not sure if your courses meet our prerequisite requirements, complete and submit a Prerequisite Assessment Form. The Ross MAcc program will evaluate your coursework and respond via email.

What is the course description of all prerequisites?

These are the course description of the prerequisites offered in the University of Michigan.