Do I need to complete my undergraduate degree before applying for the MAcc program?
No, you can apply while you are completing your undergraduate degree, and we encourage
you to do so. We suggest applying approximately six to eight months before you intend
to begin classes. For example, students who plan to begin classes in August are encouraged
to apply in January or February.
Do I need to complete the pre-reqs before applying for the MAcc program?
No. You can apply even though you have not completed the pre-reqs. However, you
will be required to take the pre-reqs early in your MAcc program. Also, keep in mind,
that once you are admitted to the MAcc program, you will be charged graduate tuition
rates for all classes, including any pre-req classes.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in accounting to enter the MAcc program?
No. An undergraduate accounting degree is not required. However, there are a number
of pre-requisite classes required for the program. If you don't have an undergraduate
accounting degree, you will be required to take more pre-req classes.
In which semesters can I begin the MAcc program?
You can begin the MAcc program during any semester (fall, spring or summer).
What are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission?
Generally, to be considered for admission, the applicant must meet one of the requirements
- Student has an undergraduate accounting degree from an Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited institution with an overall undergraduate GPA
of 3.00. (If you meet this requirement, you are not required to take the GMAT exam.)
- Student has a composite score of at least 950, calculated as (Cumulative GPA x 200)
+ GMAT. A minimum GMAT of 400 is required.
- Student has a composite score using their upper division GPA of at least 1,000, calculated
as (Upper division GPA x 200) + GMAT. A minimum GMAT of 400 is required.
International students must meet certain English proficiency requirements. Other
rules can also apply to international admissions.
Admitted students typically have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
For full details, please click the Requirements tab above.
Is the GMAT exam required for admission?
Sometimes. The GMAT requirement is waived if the applicant has an accounting degree
from an AACSB-accredited college, and their cumulative GPA was at least 3.0. The
GMAT is also waived for students who are working on their accounting degree at an
AACSB college if it is clear that they will have at least a 3.0 GPA when they graduate.
(Feel free to contact Dr. Scarlata to determine if this applies to you.) If a student
does not meet these requirements for GMAT waiver, the applicant must submit GMAT scores.
The GMAT requirement may be waived if an applicant has an accounting degree from an
AACSB-accredited school, and their cumulative GPA was at least 3.0. How do I know
if my school is AACSB-accredited?
MTSU is accredited by the AACSB. For other schools, you can check the AACSB website,
which allows you to search by country. To check for other schools, please visit the
AACSB website and filter by 'Business' option.
Is it possible to substitute the GRE for the GMAT?
While we prefer that students take the GMAT exam, it may be possible to substitute
GRE scores in some circumstances. If you have not yet taken an exam, you should take
the GMAT exam. If you have already taken the GRE, it may be possible to use your
GRE scores for admission purposes. Please contact Dr. Scarlata if this applies to
When should I apply to the MAcc program?
We recommend applying 6-8 months before your intended start date. Applications are
typically accepted as long as openings are still available. However, by applying
early you can be certain to secure yourself a place in the program, and you are able
to register for classes in a timely manner.
How do I apply to the MAcc program, and what other information is required when applying
Information about the graduate admissions process can be found at Graduate Admissions.
Special rules apply to International Admissions. International students can find
information at International Admissions.
Do you offer conditional admission?
No. You must meet the program requirements at the time of admission to be admitted.
When are admissions decisions made?
Once all of the required application materials (e.g. application, transcripts, and
GMAT scores, if required) are received by the Graduate College, the application is
forwarded to the Director of the MAcc program to make an admissions decision. Typically,
decisions are made quickly once the applications are received by the Director (e.g.
a week or two).
Will I be classified as an in-state or out-of-state resident?
The Director of the MAcc program is not involved in this process. Furthermore, we
have been notified that the regulations regarding this issue are rather complex.
Out-of-state students should contact the College of Graduate Studies about this issue
at 615-898-2840 PRIOR to first enrollment to discuss options.
What is the Regional Scholars Program?
The Regional Scholars Program allows out-of-state students who live within 250 miles
to attend at a reduced rate equal to approximately 48% off the standard out-of-state
rate. For more information please see Regional Scholars Program.
Are letters of recommendation required for admission into the MAcc program?
No letters of recommendation are required, unless you are applying for an assistantship.
If you apply for an assistantship, three letters of recommendation are required.
How much does it cost to apply to the MAcc program?
For 2018-19, the application fee is $35. This is a one-time fee, and there should
be no additional fee if you are re-enrolling.