Turn Aspiration into Action

All applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on the date listed to be considered for the round.
Early application is encouraged. Cohorts will start Fall Term.

Round 1

Deadline: October 3, 2021
Decision: Week of November 22, 2021

Round 2

Deadline: December 5, 2021
Decision: Week of January 31, 2022

Round 3

Deadline: January 30, 2022
Decision: Week of March 21, 2022

Round 4

Deadline: February 27, 2022
Decision: Week of April 18, 2022

Round 5

Final Deadline for International Applicants

Deadline: April 3, 2022
Decision: Week of May 2, 2022

Round 6

Deadline: May 15, 2022
Decision: Week of June 13, 2022

Round 7

Final Deadline for Domestic Applicants

Deadline: June 5, 2022
Decision: Week of June 27, 2022

Your Application Checklist

1. Satisfy the pre-reqs.

Candidates are required to satisfy the equivalent of five prerequisite courses prior to starting the Master of Accounting program.​

Mandatory Prerequisite Courses:

Principles of Financial Accounting   

Principles of Managerial Accounting

Intermediate Financial Accounting*


Statistics or Business Statistics

*Intermediate Financial Accounting may require two separate courses at some institutions. The full sequence is required to meet the prerequisite requirement.

Within the application, you must outline a plan for completion of our five mandatory prerequisite courses. This is a standard page of the application and not an independent submission. 

Upon submission, all courses will be reviewed to determine their equivalency to Ross offerings. If all courses are not complete at the time of application, your application may be held until grades in these courses are reported, or you may receive admission conditional upon proof that the courses have been completed prior to starting the MAcc program.

For a course to meet our prerequisite requirements: 

  • It must be taken in a classroom setting (not online)* 
  • You must earn a grade of “C” or better
  • Intermediate-level courses must be completed at a four-year (or equivalent) degree-granting institution. Community college coursework is acceptable for all other prerequisites.
  • Finance courses may not be used to waive an accounting prerequisite course
  • Students who have earned college credit for AP statistics will satisfy the statistics pre-request. AP credit will not be accepted for microeconomics.

Advisory Prerequisite Course:

Intermediate Cost Accounting is an advisory prerequisite for the program. If you are admitted and have not completed this prior to beginning the MAcc program, you will be required to enroll in ACC 640 - Managing Strategy Execution: People and ACC 650 - Managing Strategy Execution: Resources during the second semester of enrollment.

Prerequisite Assessment Form:

We understand that course titles vary by institution, so if you are unsure whether you meet our prerequisite requirements, you are welcome to complete and submit a Prerequisite Assessment Form prior to application. The MAcc Program Office will review your coursework and respond via email.

*Courses offered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic will fulfill prerequisite requirements. These courses must have been taken between March, 2020 - July 2021.

2. Submit your transcripts or WES evaluation.

Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or postgraduate institution you’ve attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application and are sufficient for evaluation. If you are admitted to the program, final official transcripts will be required from every institution attended prior to starting the program.

Applicants who have earned or will earn their undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit a Course-by-Course WES Evaluation Report. Please be sure to secure your completed WES Evaluation Report in advance of submitting your program application. Please select and send your WES Evaluation Report to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business - One-Year Master's Programs. We also ask that your personal copy of the WES Evaluation Report is scanned and uploaded into the program application.

3. Take the GMAT or GRE.

You can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you take the exam. You can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you take the exam. You may self-report your score on the application or upload unofficial score reports. If accepted, official reports will be required. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, we will use your highest total score and the corresponding breakout scores in evaluating your application. We do not mix and match scores. Ross’ GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839; reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.

The GRE/GMAT requirement  is waived for any student who at the time of application has a cumulative (not major) GPA of 3.30 or above from their undergraduate degree granting institution (applicants who are required to submit a WES evaluation will be evaluated for qualification on the basis of their WES GPA). Please note that the Admissions Committee does reserve the right to request test scores if they feel it is necessary to better evaluate an application.

4. Update your resume.

Your resume plays an integral role in the MAcc application. In addition to your professional endeavors, be sure to detail your leadership, extracurricular, and volunteer experience.

We recommend that your resume be no longer than one page.

5. Write your essays.

  1. How will the MAcc program support you in achieving your short- and long- term career goals? What led you to pursue a graduate degree in business? (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)
  2. Michigan Ross deeply values student engagement beyond the classroom. Please describe two or three meaningful ways in which you have engaged in your communities. (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)
  3. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below. (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)

    An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was…
    The greatest lesson I have learned thus far is…
    My best friend or colleague would describe me as…
    I am most proud of…
    My mentor is... because…
    My greatest responsibility is/has been…
    A time I helped resolve a group conflict was…
    I feel at my best when…

Optional Information:
If there is any other information that you believe is important to our assessment of your candidacy, feel free to add it to your application. (If in written form, limit your response to 500 words.)


6. Choose your recommenders.

Michigan Ross uses a program-specific reference form, and we require a submission from two references. Please note that reference letters will not be accepted. In order to obtain a viewpoint that is as objective as possible, we ask that you do not submit either reference from a personal or family source.

7. Prepare for your interview.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may be asked to interview on campus or via video conference. Candidates interviewing in person are not evaluated differently than candidates interviewed via live video conference.

Interviews are expected to last up to 20 minutes. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

8. Pay your application fee.

The application fee is $75 USD for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants.

The application fee is waived if:

  • You are a current or former member of the U.S. military.
  • You have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline.
  • You are a citizen of a country on the United Nations' list of least-developed countries. 

We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email rossoymadmissions@umich.edu to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

9. For international students.

Undergraduate Degrees and Transcripts

International applicants are required to submit copies of both an academic record and diploma (or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree). Copies of documents are acceptable at the time of application; official documents will be requested if you are admitted to the program. If you will earn or have earned your undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution, you are required to submit a WES Evaluation Report.

We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. degree.

If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable.

Credentials must include:

Years of attendance at the academic institution
Courses taken
Grades received
Dated degree, diploma, or certificate



English-Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in English by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

The minimum qualifying scores are:

  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

The TOEFL or IELTS exam must be taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline date.

For the TOEFL exam, we require the internet-based test (iBT) version of the exam. Ross’ TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

To have IELTS scores sent electronically to Ross, select “University of Michigan – Ann Arbor” as the recipient.

Exemptions: International applicants who studied at an accredited institution where English was the sole language of instruction for the entirety of their undergraduate degree are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

What You Need for a Standout Application

We look for applicants who possess a number of key characteristics.
If you’re right for Ross, the following probably sounds a lot like you:

You Know How to Make an Impact

Your professional achievements, extracurricular involvements, recommendation letter, and personal essays highlight how you’ve made meaningful contributions that drive results.

You Know Why You Want a Ross MAcc

You’re someone with a precise “why” behind the “what.” Your personal essays outline clear goals for your MAcc, and explain why Ross is the right program for you.

You've Got the Score

Your undergraduate record, GMAT and/or GRE score(s), and TOEFL help show us:

  • Your ability to succeed academically
  • The degree to which you have challenged yourself
  • Your quantitative background — college-level math should not be a problem for you
  • Your English-language ability

Additional Things You Should Know


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and complete all prerequisites.

Admission Deferrals

The Admissions Committee will grant an admission deferral request only in cases of medical emergency or U.S. military assignment that preclude starting the program in the original term of admission. If a deferral is granted, students must pay their enrollment deposit to secure a seat in the following year's class; deferrals are for a maximum of one year and can only be given once per student.


Welcome back! If it’s been less than a year since you originally applied, you can submit an abridged application as follows:

  • Complete an application form and pay the application fee.
  • Submit an updated resume.
  • Submit one recommendation letter. You may choose your original recommender, but the recommender must complete a new recommendation that reflects your performance and achievements since your original application was submitted.
  • Submit a letter to update us on your achievements and goals since your original application. Upload the letter with your updated resume.
  • If you retook the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL, send or upload an updated score report. You do not need to submit new score reports unless your scores expired.
  • You do not need to send transcripts that were submitted with your last application. We still have these on file.
  • OPTIONAL: You may choose to answer one or more of our current essay questions.
  • If it has been more than one year from your original application, you need to submit a completely new application. 


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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 recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

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