MAC Admissions FAQs

Answers to common questions asked by prospective MAC students can be found here. If you need additional information please contact Mike Graham, Assistant Director of Admissions, mkgraham@ncsu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

You are required to have received an undergraduate degree.  If your undergraduate degree is not in accounting, you are required to satisfy the prerequisite requirements.
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.

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.
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. Please do not delay your materials while you wait for the recommendations.
The MAC program requires a personal interview as part of the application process. Interviews may be waived in certain circumstances.  Read More.
No, all admissions decisions will be made promptly after both the February 1st and March 1st application deadlines.
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.)
You can contact the Graduate School to find out the reason for denial. The most common reasons are:
  • Undergraduate academic performance (GPA)
  • GMAT scores
  • Lack of leadership activities

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.
Contact the Graduate School Admissions Office at 919-515-2872.
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.
While it is not required for all students 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 or spring semesters.  The program requires 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 taking classes then. Click on the following links for more information: Summer tuition, MAC courses 
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.

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:

Mike Graham
Assistant Director of Admissons
mkgraham@ncsu.edu
919-515-0223