Admissions Information

Can I transfer into the MAcc program?

No. The only graduate-level students eligible to apply to our MAcc program are those who will not duplicate course content between previous or current coursework and the MAcc curriculum. Regardless of program studied, no coursework can be transferred into our program. Since the Ross MAcc is only offered full time, students may not be simultaneously enrolled in another graduate or certificate program.

How important is it to have extracurricular activity detailed in the application?

We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills and potential for success. We gauge this by looking at previous and current activity. Please include all extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer work on your resume.

Who should I choose as my recommenders?

You must have two online application-generated reference forms on file to be considered for admission. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. We prefer one reference from an intermediate-level or higher accounting professor; the second reference may be from any professional or academic acquaintance. Applications will not be considered complete until both reference forms are on file.

Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

We review applications comprehensively, and every component is crucial to your evaluation. It is important to show your passion for accounting and your personality in your application. We also hope you demonstrate clear career goals and understand why the Ross MAcc is the best fit for you.

When should I apply to the MAcc program?

Application deadlines run on round-based cycles. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as admission is highly competitive. Please note the final deadlines for students requiring a visa, and be sure to review the Application Requirements page for details and specific application deadline dates.

To be considered for an application deadline, the admissions office must receive all of your materials by the deadline. If all application materials are not in by the deadline, the application will be pushed to the next deadline.

Is an interview required for admission?

No. Interviews are conducted by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. The interview provides the committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

Can I apply to the MAcc program while I’m completing my undergraduate degree?

You can apply as long as your undergraduate degree is complete and marked final on your transcript prior to the start of the MAcc program. Most of our students enroll directly after completion of their undergraduate degree.

What undergraduate degree is required to apply?

A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required for application. We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. You can visit World Education Services WES to see how your degree is valued in the U.S.


Do most applicants write the optional essay?

It varies. The optional essay is primarily offered to give applicants a place to tell the Admissions Committee pertinent information that has not been addressed in the other areas of the application. For example, if there are gaps in your resume, the optional essay could be used to explain them. However, it is important to note that the application review is holistic, and that all components of your application will be reviewed when making an admissions decision.

Can I have my application fee waived?

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, or if you have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email proof of membership to prior to submitting your application.

Can I submit a letter of recommendation from my reference instead of the online form?

No. You must have two recommendation forms on file to be considered for admission. Forms are generated through the online application system and are the only type of recommendation accepted. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school.

I submitted my application. When will I know if I’ve been admitted?

Admissions decisions are released within eight weeks of when your application file is complete and timing depends 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 both recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

I was waitlisted to the MAcc program. What does this mean?

Waitlisted students may have an opportunity for admission if space is available. It is common to remain on the waiting list for several months, and we ask you to be patient. If you have new information regarding updated grades or test scores, you may send one update per admission cycle via email to

Can I reapply to the MAcc program if I wasn’t admitted in a previous year?

Yes. Ross retains your application documents for one application cycle. If you choose to reapply to the program one start term after your original application, you will only be required to submit a new application form, one recommendation form, and an updated resume with a cover letter explaining why you are an improved candidate. Applicants reapplying more than one year from their original start term will be required to resubmit all application components. To reapply, please use your original login and password to access the online application.


I was not accepted to the MAcc program. Can I appeal?

MAcc admission decisions are final and non-negotiable. However, if you have information you think is crucial to your evaluation that was not included in your original submission, you may appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee by writing the director of the MAcc program. Letters can be emailed to

I have a bachelor’s degree from an international institution. Are my transcripts required to be evaluated?

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.

Are final transcripts required when applying?

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.


Can I apply to multiple programs at Michigan Ross?

No. Applying to the MAcc program and another program at Michigan Ross is not possible and will negatively impact your application. We are specifically looking for students who have a passion for accounting and who are looking for a career in this field. Applying to multiple programs only shows that you may not be set on pursuing a career in accounting.

Can I apply to multiple programs at the University of Michigan?

Yes. You may enroll in dual-degree programs after being accepted to both Michigan Ross and the other school or college in which you are interested. Separate applications are required to both schools. Acceptance to either school is not contingent upon the other. Learn more about Student-Initiated Dual Degrees here.

Does Ross grant 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 be given only once per student.

Can I transfer from the MAcc into the MBA program?

No. Students may not transfer into any of the Michigan Ross MBA programs.

Do I need to have work experience to apply to the Ross MAcc program?

We do not require work experience prior to entering the MAcc program. However, we do expect most applicants to have some form of industry engagement prior to entering the program. This can be in the form of full-time or part-time work, focused study, or internships. We evaluate engagement not in terms of quantity, or number of years worked, but in terms of the quality of the engagement, as well as the applicant’s natural leadership qualities. We want to know what each candidate will be able to contribute to the Ross community and to their colleagues within the classroom. In addition, candidates should have superb academic credentials and possess the maturity and self-confidence to handle the intensity of the program.

Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

We review applications comprehensively, and every component is crucial to your evaluation. It is important to show your passion for accounting and your personality in your application. We also hope you demonstrate clear career goals and understand why the Ross MAcc is the best fit for you.


What type of undergraduate major are you looking for in the admissions process?

We seek diversity in the backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one undergraduate major, industry, or field is favored over another. However, we do have certain mandatory prerequisites that must be completed by all applicants prior to the start of the program. Please review these mandatory prerequisites by visiting our Application Requirements web page here.


General Information

How do I check my Michigan residency status?

Contact the U-M’s residency office at 734-764-1400. Residency information is also available online at

How can I contact the MAcc program office?

You can reach us by email at or by phone at 734-615-5695.

Can I take classes outside of Michigan Ross?

Yes! As a MAcc student, you can take classes in the University of Michigan Law School, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and several other areas. A maximum of six credit hours taken outside of Ross can be counted toward your MAcc degree. These courses must be taken at U-M while enrolled in the program; we cannot transfer any external courses into the program.


When does the MAcc program start, and how long does it run?

The MAcc program is an eight-month, fall start, cohort-style program. Because the Ross MAcc program is only offered full time, it does not offer part-time study, and it cannot be extended beyond one academic year. All classes are conducted in person on our Ann Arbor campus.

Does the MAcc program offer specialization tracks?

We do not offer a particular specialization or concentration track. However, our MAcc program allows flexibility to take electives that meet your individual goals. Your specialization is created by the electives you choose to complete while enrolled in the program.

Can I sit for the CPA exam after completing the Ross MAcc?

If becoming a CPA is one of your goals, our program is designed in part to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed. Program advisors make good faith efforts to work with each individual student who notifies us that they wish to seek licensure, to tailor a program pathway that will meet the educational requirements of their intended state licensure. 

Each State Board of Accountancy makes the final determination on whether or not you are eligible to sit for the exam. State educational requirements for CPA licensure are subject to change, and the University of Michigan cannot guarantee that all such requirements will be satisfied through completion of the Ross MAcc. Students interested in obtaining a CPA license are therefore strongly encouraged to confirm their ability to satisfy all educational requirements for CPA licensure with the State Accountancy Board in the specific state or U.S. district or territory where they wish to become licensed. Contact information for State Accountancy Boards in all jurisdictions can be found on the National Association for State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) directory page. If you have any difficulty locating the relevant contact information, please contact the program office and we will assist you.

CPA candidates at the University of Michigan have pass rates much higher than the national average, with 12 students earning the AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award since 2012. This prestigious award is an honor given to candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA exam within one year on their first attempt.


Will you assess my undergraduate courses and tell me what I need to take to sit for the CPA exam?

To protect yourself and ensure compliance, you should contact the State Board of Accountancy where you intend to work to determine how your courses will "count" and what additional courses are required. Early research on the education requirements mandated by the state where you intend to practice will allow you to plan your elective study to meet their specific conditions. If you are an enrolled student, the MAcc program will be happy to assist you in identifying courses and determining how you can tailor your program to ensure exam eligibility. State Board contact information is available at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website.

Is the Ross MAcc program STEM-designated?

Yes. Graduates holding a student visa are eligible to apply for an Optional Practical Training extension for up to a total of 36 months, helping international students gain additional real-world skills and experience in the U.S. 

GPA & Test Requirements

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for applying to the MAcc program?

Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher (iBT). Scores below 100 will not be considered. The University of Michigan TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

Do you accept the IELTS or PTE instead of the TOEFL exam?

We do accept IELTS (minimum qualifying score of 7.0) in lieu of the TOEFL. We do not accept PTE scores.

How long are TOEFL scores valid?

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Your application submission must occur within this two-year time period.


Are there instances in which I wouldn’t be required to take the TOEFL?

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.

How long will it take for my GMAT scores to be sent to Ross after I take the test?

Academic institutions generally receive scores within 10 business days after the test is taken. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, please upload your unofficial score report with your online application or email it to us at

Is the GMAT required for admission?


Due to the suspension of in-person GMAT/GRE testing, the GMAT/GRE admissions requirement for the Ross School One-Year Master’s Programs are being waived for students applying to begin our programs in Summer/Fall 2021. Please note that the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request test scores if they feel it is necessary to better evaluate an application. Other admissions requirements remain the same. The GMAT/GRE requirement for future years will be shared when that information becomes available. Please contact with any questions or concerns. 

Applicants are required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score directly from the testing body. The school’s GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34 and GRE reporting code is 1839. These codes are shared by several programs at Ross, so don’t be alarmed if the MAcc program does not appear when you input the code.

How long are GMAT scores valid?

GMAT test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test. Ross keeps submitted GMAT scores on file for two years.

What is the GPA requirement for applying to MAcc program?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but most admitted students (middle 80%) have a GPA between 3.3 and 4.0, with an overall average of 3.7.

What is the minimum GMAT score required for applying to the MAcc program?

There is no minimum score requirement, but most admitted students (middle 80%) have a GMAT score between 580 and 730.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

What are the various loan opportunities available for attending the MAcc program?

The Ross Office of Financial Aid will work with admitted students in identifying loan options to fit their needs.

How do most students finance the MAcc program?

Students in the Ross MAcc program will primarily fund their degree through loans and personal savings.

I am an international student requiring a visa. Do I need to show proof of financial resources when I apply?

You do not need to show proof of financial resources upon application to the program. However, if you are admitted confirmation of financial resources will be required.

What scholarship opportunities exist for students in the MAcc program?

The Ross School of Business extends scholarships to Master of Accounting students with outstanding academic and leadership merit and financial need. Interested students must complete the scholarship section of their graduate application. Please note, scholarship responses have no bearing on admissions decisions. Award amounts vary by available funding and the number of applicants but typically range from $5,000-$15,000 per year.

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