We encourage you to consider the specific details of each application component below:
Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or post-graduate 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.
Candidates are required to satisfy the equivalent of each of the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the MAcc Program. To have your application reviewed, you must complete the online application asking you to outline a plan for completion of our five mandatory prerequisite courses. This is a standard page of the application and not an independent submission. If all courses are not complete at the time of application, your application may be held until grades in these courses are reported, or you may receive admission conditional upon proof that the courses have been completed prior to starting the MAcc Program.
All prerequisites must be taken at an accredited four-year university, and we understand that course titles vary by institution. Community college introductory-level accounting courses will be accepted only if intermediate-level courses were completed at a four-year university. Upon submission, all courses will be reviewed to determine their equivalency to Ross offerings. If you are unsure whether you meet our prerequisite requirements, please complete a Prerequisite Assessment Form. The MAcc Program office will review your coursework and respond via email.
Mandatory Prerequisite Courses:
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting*
Principles of Microeconomics
*Intermediate Financial Accounting may require two or three separate courses at some institutions.
Intermediate Cost Accounting is an advisory prerequisite for the program. If you are admitted and have not completed this prior to beginning the MAcc Program, you will be required to enroll in ACC 650 and ACC 640: Advanced Management Accounting and Cost Management Systems during your second semester of enrollment.
GMAT or GRE
A GMAT or GRE score is accepted as a measure of intellectual ability and must be submitted for your application to be evaluated. Most MAcc applicants choose to submit a GMAT score, but preference is not given to either exam.
GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from your test date.
Ross’ GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839; reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.
There is no minimum score requirement; the average GMAT score of admitted students can be found on our Class Profile page.
If your official score report is not available when you submit your application, unofficial GMAT score reports will be considered; your official score report must be available prior to starting the program.
Your resume plays an integral role in the MAcc application; do not overlook its importance. In addition to your professional endeavors, be sure to detail your leadership, extracurricular and volunteer experience.
You must have two reference forms on file to be considered for admission. Forms are generated through the online application system and are the only type of reference accepted. 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.
When you submit your reference and their contact information within your application, you initiate distribution of their reference form via email. This can be done before submitting your entire application, giving your references time to complete your form while you complete other components of the application.
Applications will not be considered complete until both reference forms are on file.
Two essay questions are required. To differentiate yourself, tell personal stories and let your personality shine through in your writing. If there is anything about your application you think the admissions committee may question, use the “optional essay” to explain the situation.