Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an undergraduate degree in accounting to be admitted to the Master of Accounting program?
You are required to have received a bachelor's degree. If your bachelor's degree is not in accounting, you are required to satisfy the prerequisite requirements.
As a student without an accounting degree what do I need to do?
Admission for those without an accounting degree is contingent upon completion of a set of seven prerequisite courses which include accounting and certain other courses that are equivalent to those required for an undergraduate degree in accounting at NC State.
The admissions committee requires the completion of ACC 200 (Introduction to Managerial Accounting) and ACC 210 (Concepts of Financial Reporting) when applying to the program. ACC 310 (Intermediate Financial Accounting) is preferred but not required. Applicants may be accepted to the program prior to the completion of all seven prerequisites, but will not be admitted to 500-level courses in the fall or summer until all the prerequisites are completed.
May I send you my transcripts, GMAT scores or references before I submit my application?
The first item you should submit is the supplemental MAC Program Application (please note: this is different from the Graduate School Standard Application). Completion of the MAC application is necessary in order to schedule an interview. You may submit your transcripts, GMAT score and references before the deadline. You do not need to hold all your materials in an attempt to submit them together. We start a file for each student we receive materials from and collect each portion of the application until the file is complete.
Do I need to wait for my recommendation letters to submit my graduate school application?
No! Please do not withhold your graduate school application while you wait for your recommendation letters. We collect all of your material as it is ready and start a folder for you. When your letters arrive we'll add them to your file. Please do not delay your materials while you wait for the letters.
Are interviews required for admission?
The MAC program requires a personal interview as part of the application process. Interviews may be waived in certain circumstances. Read More.
Are admissions decisions made on a rolling basis?
No, all admissions decisions will be made promptly after both the February 1st and March 1st application deadlines.
How will I receive an admission decision?
You'll receive an official letter of admission or denial along with a letter from the Dean of the Graduate School. (Please note: we will not give admission decisions over the telephone.)
Will I know the reason if I am denied admission?
Yes. The official letter will state the reasons. The most common reasons for denial are:
- Undergraduate academic performance (GPA)
- GMAT scores
- Lack of leadership activities
May I reapply if I am denied admission?
Yes, but only for the following year. You will need to reapply and complete a full application. There are pieces of the application we will be able to pull (transcripts, recommendations) but we suggest you supply additional information to strengthen your chance of admission.
How do I obtain the status of my North Carolina Residency request?
Contact the Graduate School Admissions Office at 919-515-2872.
Is it possible to receive an admission fee waiver or refund?
No. Admission fees are required by the Graduate School and are not specific to the MAC Program. The fees can not be waived. Once your application fee has been received and processed you cannot receive a refund.
Do I need to take any MAC classes during the summer?
While it is not required to take any summer classes for the MAC program, we often recommend students do so in order to lighten the course load during the fall and spring semesters. The program STRONGLY recommends job seekers to take summer classes. The fall semester is a heavy recruitment period requiring a lot of time from students looking for employment. Please indicate on your graduate application that you intend to enroll for the summer if you decide to take classes then.
Can I enroll in the MAC program part-time?
We started a part-time option for the program beginning Fall 2006. This option requires a student to take at least two classes a semester, two in the summer, and complete the program in two years.
Part-time students take the same classes as our full-time students. MAC classes are offered two days a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) at 1:30, 3:00 or 4:30. Two MBA courses are also required for the program, and many of these are offered in the evening and in the summer.
Should I find an internship for the summer prior to the start of the MAC program?
The MAC program encourages accounting students to participate in internships with public accounting firms or corporations to enhance their educational experiences and their professional skills. However, internship experience is not required to be admitted to the MAC program.
Still have questions? Contact:
Assistant Director of Admissions
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