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MAcc Admission Requirements

Online Drop-In Office Hours

Have a quick 15 min. question? Our admission team is available for questions during online drop-in office hours. Click the link below to join our Zoom meeting room.

Online drop-in hours:

Monday: 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 – 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – Noon

Holiday hours: Drop-in office hours will be closed Jan. 18, Feb. 15, May 31, and July 5 and 23.

Drop-in office hours will also be unavailable from Aug. 5 – Aug. 6.

Drop-in to the Zoom Room

Application Components

  • A complete online application is one that is submitted and meets the admission requirements.
  • Applicants can submit their online application while waiting for letters of recommendation.
  • There is only one online application for the MAcc program, including part- and full-time, Pre-MAcc online, BS/MS or fast track.
  • The online application contains questions about residency for tuition purposes. For more information about determining your residency status, contact the Residency Office.
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application. Please monitor your email for communication from both MAcc and the Office of Admissions.
  • Your online application will be evaluated within 2-4 weeks of submission.
  • You will receive a formal admission decision from the admissions committee. The admissions committee will not review incomplete applications.
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The David Eccles School of Business seeks candidates who are professional and ethical. These behaviors are considered when making admission decisions. Candidates are expected to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and disposition in their interactions with program staff, fellow students, and faculty.

  • The University of Utah requires you to have completed a four-year degree from an institution that is regionally accredited or recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in your country.
  • To be considered for the MAcc program, you must have a four-year degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • A three-year bachelor’s degree is not accepted.
  • International applicants, please review International Graduate Admission Standards.
  • The University of Utah requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • For applicants who don’t meet the cumulative GPA requirement, we will consider your last 60 credit hours (typically two years of coursework) to meet the requirement.
  • International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to contribute to classroom discussions and interact with faculty and peers.
  • The MAcc’s minimum score requirements are higher than The University of Utah’s. You must earn a composite score of a 90 on the TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, or a 105 on Duolingo (effective March 26, 2021).
  • Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Those who score below the minimums must schedule to re-take the exam well before the international final deadline. The University of Utah reserves the right to request additional proof of English proficiency from an applicant. Applicants may be required to complete a video interview.
  • Thoroughly read and understand the English Language Proficiency policy, and how to send your scores. Note it takes approximately 4 weeks for us to receive your official score; please plan accordingly.
    • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah. Please note that paper-based scores are not accepted.
    • During or after the IELTS exam, you have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.
    • Duolingo: Please log into your Duolingo account, select the “Send Results” button next to your test results, and select the University of Utah as the receiving institution.

F-1 Visa Information

  • I-20 documents are required if admitted into the program. Admitted students must submit documents before posted I-20 deadline for their start term to ensure issuance of an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.
  • All international MAcc students must be on an F-1 visa. If you hold another visa type, you will be required to switch to an F-1 visa.
  • We accept recommendations from professors with whom you know well and supervisors from your place of work.
  • If you’re lacking in professional experience, we can accept recommendations from either a volunteer supervisor or an internship supervisor.
  • Follow the instructions on the Recommenders section of the online application in order to request your letters of recommendation.
  • Respond thoroughly to the required questions:
    • What are your career goals? What are your currently doing and what actions will you take in the MAcc program to put yourself in the best position to achieve your career goals?
    • Why do you feel prepared/qualified to join the MAcc Program?
  • Optional response
    • The Admissions Committee will evaluate circumstances that may have affected your GPA. Take advantage of addressing any weaknesses in your application here.
  • Make sure to update your resume.
  • Include your employment history in reverse chronological order with titles, dates and whether you worked part-time or full-time.
  • Include your education in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned.
  • You are required to list all colleges or universities you’ve attended and provide unofficial transcripts for each. Failure to do so may result in a delay in your application process.
  • Unofficial transcripts must include the following information: your full name, the name of the school, semesters, course numbers, course titles, grades, semester GPAs, and cumulative GPA.

Application Fee:

  • There is a non-refundable application fee due when submitting your online application. Domestic applicants must pay $55.00 and international applicants must pay $65.00.
  • Applicants who apply after the November 15th deadline for spring submission and after the April 1st deadline for summer and fall submission will be charged an additional $30.00.

Seat Fee Details:

  • When admitted into the MAcc program, then you must pay a non-refundable seat fee. Domestic students must pay $185.00 and international students must pay $300.00.
Students are required to have completed at least six of the seven prerequisite courses with a C or better prior to starting their first semester. However, if you’re interested in a particular track, the Admissions Committee prefers to see at least a B or better in the prerequisites.
Financial Accounting I (U of U- ACCTG 5110):
Upper Division Status. First of a three-course sequence, the focus of which is the preparation and analysis of corporate financial reports. Begins with a study of the inherent conflicts among managers, shareholders, creditors, employees, and other interested parties and introduces the role of financial reporting in providing relevant reliable information to these divergent users. Studies the measurement and reporting of revenue and expenses and the preparation and analysis of financial statements (including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow).

Financial Accounting II (U of U- ACCTG 5120):

Continuation of coverage from ACCTG 5110, including preparation and analysis of corporate financial reports. The focus of the course is on the proper reporting of obligations (e.g., taxes, pensions, and loans) and stockholder’s equity, and the associated income statement impact.

Financial Accounting III (U of U- ACCTG 5130):

Corporation acquisitions, mergers, and the formation of other strategic alliances are staples of today’s business environment. The first two-thirds of this course focus on understanding the nature and financial reporting aspects of these complex business transactions. Specific topics include accounting for business combinations and the various reporting requirements that lead to consolidated financial statements. The final third of the course covers a general understanding of the unique accounting and financial reporting issues facing governmental entities.

Management Accounting I (U of U- ACCTG 5210):

This course focuses on the use of accounting information for management decision-making. Emphasis on concepts related to cost behavior, cost measurement, cost accumulation, and cost allocation. The course also emphasizes the use of various performance measurement methods to evaluate operational and management performance.

Taxation I (U of U- ACCTG 5310):

Upper Division Status. Basic analysis of the federal tax system examining the role of taxation in society, sources of tax authority, and critical areas in individual taxation, including gross income; deductions; investments; depreciation; nontaxable exchanges; and sale of capital assets.

Accounting Information Systems (U of U- ACCTG 5410):

Upper Division Status. Introduces students to the flow of information through the various accounting cycles and the corresponding internal controls. Examines the flow using the traditional accounting model with an emphasis on the procedures of accounting and the use of current database technology, including data modeling.

Accounting Auditing (U of U- ACCTG 5510):

Upper Division Status. Overview of the basic theory and concepts associated with the attest function, including the various types of audits; objectives of audit engagements; political, legal, social, and ethical environment in which auditors work; and procedures used by auditors in meeting their objectives.

Please reach out to the Admissions Team if you attended another institution and would like to know if the courses you’ve taken from this institution can transfer to satisfy the prerequisites. Note that if you have only satisfied six of the seven prerequisites, then you are required to take the seventh prerequisite in the MAcc program. The seventh prerequisite counts as an elective in the program.
  • Applicants who apply to the MAcc program two semesters in advance of graduating from their undergraduate degree are eligible for conditional admission.
  • Conditional applicants must adhere to and complete any missing admission requirements prior to the start of the program in order to receive full admission into the program.

Academically high-achieving students have the option to bypass the admissions committee and receive an admission decision sooner. Qualified Fast Track applicants also waive the following application requirements:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Response Questions

In order to qualify for Fast Track, you must meet these requirements at the time of application:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Must have already completed the prerequisite courses (see above) with a B or higher

Fast Track instructions:

  • In the “Master of Accounting” section of the MAcc application check yes in response to the question, “Are you applying for MAcc fast-track application status?”.
  • To bypass Letters of Recommendation, please put your name in the respective fields on the recommendation form. Under the prompt “Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?” select No. Repeat once. This will allow you to submit your application without requesting recommendations.
  • To bypass the Personal Response Essay questions, please leave the spaces blank.

Please note that letters of recommendation submitted with Fast Track applications may not be reviewed.

Please contact us with any questions.

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