How important is the GPA for the prerequisite classes?
The prerequisite class GPA is the single most important item in the admissions decision. However, we also give serious consideration to the following: overall grade point average, the content of the personal statement, total number of credit hours already completed, and comments from professors.
Can I repeat classes to increase my prerequisite class GPA?
Yes, but to discourage this practice, a repeat grade is discounted one letter grade. For example, a repeat grade of A is calculated as a B.
Can I transfer a class from another school to be used in the prerequisite class GPA?
Yes, but the calculation of a transferred grade is discounted one step. For example, a transfer grade of B+ from another school is calculated as a B.
How difficult is it to gain admission into the accounting program?
We expect to receive 300-400 applications, and we are allowed to accept 265 students.
How high must my prerequisite class GPA be to gain admission?
Scores vary each year, but grades are usually around a B+ to an A- or better to be in the top 265 applications.
How are students assigned to the morning or afternoon classes and into study groups?
As with registration for other classes at BYU, students select classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Study groups are assigned by the junior core faculty coordinator.
When will I find out if I am admitted?
All admission decisions are made mid-May, and all students are notified of their admission decision by the end of May regardless of when their application was submitted. Notification will be sent in a letter from Graduate Studies. Applicants who are admitted to the MAcc program will receive an email from the department that includes instructions for accepting the admission offer, a proposed graduation plan to be submitted, and registration information.
How many students are admitted each year?
Approximately 160 students are admitted to the MAcc program each fall. The majority of those admitted are integrated students who have completed the BYU accounting junior core.
How long will it take me to complete the MAcc degree?
The minimum amount of time it takes to complete the MAcc program is one and a half years. No part-time or evening track is available in the MAcc program. Most students complete the MAcc program in two years.
What kind of a job will I be able to get when I graduate with a MAcc degree?
Graduates from the SOA find employment in private companies, public accounting firms, and government and nonprofit organizations. As part of the management teams in these organizations, the accountant provides information and advice for planning and controlling operations and strategies. Particularly in public accounting, professionally trained students provide audit, tax, systems, consulting, and financial service expertise. Many local, state, and federal governments and agencies, as well as several nonprofit organizations, actively recruit students from the SOA.
The placement of MAcc students from the SOA is very strong. Most MAcc students report at least two, and sometimes as many as eight, job offers by the end of their job search. For the past several years, over 95 percent of MAcc students have accepted employment. More than seventy different firms and agencies, including all of the major public accounting firms, recruit SOA graduates.