Admission Criteria

Each student pursuing the MAcc degree will choose an area of specialization in Professional Accountancy or Tax. The requirements for each emphasis can be found under Curriculum.

The MAcc program begins in the fall semester and the application deadline is March 1 of the same year.

FORMER BYU OR TRANSFER STUDENTS WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Prerequisites

Students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or other disciplines from BYU or another accredited university in the United States may apply to the MAcc degree program. A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in accounting must complete the classes as listed below, or their equivalents. We do not allow provisional admissions. Students may be enrolled in any of the prerequisites at the time of application. Students are required to complete these classes before they enter the MAcc program.

Business Fundamentals
Acc 200 Financial Accounting
Acc 210 Managerial Accounting
Econ 110 Introduction to Economics
Math 119 Introduction to Calculus
Stat 221 Introduction to Statistics
I Sys 201 Management Information Systems
Accounting Jr. Core
Acc 401 Business and Accounting Information Systems
Acc 402 Cost and Managerial Accounting
Acc 403 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Acc 404 Financial Accounting II
Acc 405 Fundamentals of Taxation
Acc 406 Financial Statement Auditing

The Business Fundamentals may be taken at any junior or community college. However, the Accounting Jr. Core classes (or their equivalents) must be taken at an accredited college or university in the United States that offers a four-year accounting degree. These classes cannot be taken at BYU. The following is a link which includes the equivalent Business Fundamentals and Jr. Core Equivalents at BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and some of the schools in Utah. Class Equivalents.

GMAT

The GMAT test is required of all students who have not completed the Accounting Jr. Core at BYU.  Although the minimum GMAT score required is 500, students with a GMAT score of less than 600 are rarely admitted, and the average GMAT score for students admitted is usually in the 650-680 range.  If an applicant retakes the GMAT test, the higher of the scores is used.  For information regarding the GMAT exam, go to their website at:  www.mba.com.

GPA

The minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 60 hours a student has completed. It should be noted that the average GPA of applicants admitted is approximately 3.70.

Deadline

The application deadline is March 1. Admission decisions are made mid-May, and all applicants are notified by the end of May. 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.

Application

You must apply to the MAcc program through the office of Graduate Studies at: http://www.byu.edu/gradstudies/. This website includes: things to know before you apply, cost of attendance, how to apply, an application checklist, and how to check your application status.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Marriott School awards a limited number of scholarships to graduate students based on academic performance and need. Visit Marriott School Scholarships for more information. In addition, the SOA also has a limited amount of scholarship money available for graduate students based on academic performance and need.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Prerequisites

Students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or other disciplines from BYU or another accredited college or university in the United States may apply to the MAcc degree program. Unless a student has completed a bachelor's degree in accounting in the U.S., they usually have not completed the required prerequisites. A student who does not have an undergraduate degree in accounting must complete the classes as listed below.

Business Fundamentals
Acc 200 Financial Accounting
Acc 210 Managerial Accounting
Econ 110 Introduction to Economics
Math 119 Introduction to Calculus
Stat 221 Introduction to Statistics
I Sys 201 Management Information Systems
Accounting Jr. Core
Acc 401 Business and Accounting Information Systems
Acc 402 Cost and Managerial Accounting
Acc 403 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Acc 404 Financial Accounting II
Acc 405 Fundamentals of Taxation
Acc 406 Financial Statement Auditing

These classes cannot be taken at BYU. Less consideration is given to a student who has already completed a master’s degree or is enrolled in a master’s degree program.

GMAT

The GMAT test is required of all students who have not completed the Accounting Jr. Core at BYU. Although the minimum GMAT score required is 500, students with a GMAT score of less than 600 are rarely admitted, and the average GMAT score for students admitted is usually in the 650-680 range. If an applicant retakes the GMAT test, the higher of the scores is used. For information regarding the GMAT exam, go to their website at: www.mba.com.

TOEFL or IELTS

The TOEFL or IELTS score is valid for two years. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for international applicants who have received an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the United States. For more information on the TOEFL or IELTS go to http://www.byu.edu/gradstudies/admissions/englishtest.php

GPA

The minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 60 hours a student has completed. It should be noted that the average GPA of applicants admitted is approximately 3.70.

Deadline

The application deadline is March 1. Admission decisions are made mid-May, and all applicants are notified by the end of May. 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.

Application

You must apply to the MAcc program through the office of Graduate Studies at: http://www.byu.edu/gradstudies/. This website includes: things to know before you apply, cost of attendance, how to apply, an application checklist, and how to check your application status.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Marriott School awards a limited number of scholarships to graduate students based on academic performance and need. Visit Marriott School Scholarships for more information. In addition, the SOA also has a limited amount of scholarship money available for graduate students based on academic performance and need.