Requirements for Admission
Because of the large number of applicants each year, the Master of Accounting Program at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School is competitive. The requirements for admission are as follows:
- Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Applicants may not have more than 12.0 credits of accounting to enter the program. This requirement is a reflection of the way the curriculum is structured. You will find that different programs across the U.S. are structured in various ways.
- We begin in May (only) each year. If your undergraduate degree will not be conferred by the time we begin our classes, you are not eligible to apply for this year.
- At least a "B" average in the undergraduate major and a generally strong academic record.
- Excellent verbal and quantitative scores on the GMAT or GRE.
- Successful interview with an admissions committee member.
Because UNC Chapel Hill can only extend its resources to a limited number of qualified international students, admission is highly competitive. International student applications are reviewed on an individual basis and final decisions on admissibility are determined only after all factors and credentials related to an applicant's educational background as well as other admission criteria have been considered. The international student's application should demonstrate thorough and excellent preparation for studying in the U.S. Meeting the minimum admissions requirements and criteria may not be sufficient to be considered for admission. Due to the highly competitive nature of the admissions process, UNC Chapel Hill may restrict admission to those international applicants who are permanent residents of the U.S. and have studied at UNC Chapel Hill or another U.S. university all four years of their undergraduate studies.
Apply online. If you experience difficulties in applying, please contact the Master of Accounting Program.
Phone: 919.962.3186 or 919.962.3645
Statement of Purpose
Each applicant to the Master of Accounting Program must submit a Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose should describe why you want to earn a Master of Accounting degree at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. In the statement please address the following:
- How you will enrich the legacy of the Master of Accounting Program. Include information such as: a significant life experience that has shaped who you are, any community service involvement, a unique background you bring to the program or past leadership experiences that demonstrate you are prepared for this program.
- Your professional goals
- Goals and achievements you have reached to date
- Experiences that led to you considering a career in accounting
- Why the Master of Accounting Program would be a good fit for you
Suggested length 400-700 words. No more than two pages, double-spaced.
Three recommendation letters are required. Two of the recommendations may be academic.
The resume should be one-page in length. Include educational and employment history with titles and dates, in reverse chronological order.
Transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate and graduate level are required. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for the purposes of application review, with official transcripts required upon admission and matriculation.
International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to an American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first university degree). Generally this is a 4-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer 3-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor's degree upon completion of one of these 3-year undergraduate programs, you are eligible to apply to our program.
The GMAT or GRE is required. The test must be taken within five years of applying to the program.
The school code for GMAT is 5816. The school code for GRE is 0348.
Test-takers living with a disability or a health-related need should contact GMAT and GRE to arrange testing accommodations.
TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic is required for applicants for whom English is not their native language.
The Institution code for the TOEFL is 3474. The minimum speaking section score for the TOEFL is 26.
Applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score if:
- They earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university
- Their total education was conducted in English in a native English-speaking country
All applicants must request Pearson Vue to send your official score report to the Kenan-Flagler Master of Accounting Program (school code: D40-HL-13).
After a preliminary screening of applications, the MAC Admissions Committee selects finalists to be invited for personal interviews. Applicants are contacted via email to schedule an interview after their application is complete. Business attire is expected for the interview.
Financial Certificate (International Applicants Only)
The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is your resource for all student visa issues and questions. They issue the I-20 and DS-2019 forms (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant F-1 and J-1 Student Status) to all eligible incoming international students.
Jessica Larsen, International Student Advisor, can assist you with your immigration status throughout your academic program. She is located in the McColl Building at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Her contact information is .
In order to obtain a visa:
- Internationals students are required by United States federal regulations to certify that they have sufficient funds to cover expenses at UNC for the entire length of their studies.
- All international students are required to complete a Financial Certificate.
$100 non-refundable fee (paid by check, money order, or credit card).
Application Fee Waiver
To be eligible to apply for a waiver of the application fee you must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa Holder. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply for a fee waiver.
U.S. Military Service Members: All U.S. military service members - both active duty and veterans - qualify for application fee waiver. Submit verification of your current military status (e.g., DD214, recent LES, or other) to our admissions office to request the waiver before you submit your application; we cannot refund fees already paid.
Teach for America: Corps members qualify for an application fee waiver.
Peace Corps: Members qualify for an application fee waiver.
Need Based: Application fee waiver requests are available for U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents who meet the following need-based eligibility:
- Are currently enrolled in a degree program with no breaks in enrollment from point of entry at the undergraduate level
- Have continuously received need-based financial aid
- Have had no breaks in financial support since onset of support
Only a verification letter on letterhead signed by your current institution's financial aid office will be considered. We will be happy to consider your waiver request if you can satisfy these criteria and upon receipt of the required documentation. While participation in select scholarship programs or payment waivers granted by other sources do not automatically grant fee waiver eligibility at this campus, we welcome fee waiver requests from participants who meet the above need-based eligibility criteria.
Please present a copy of these instructions to the financial aid office at all institutions that you attended. Request a letter on University letterhead with an original signature certifying the specific items listed above including both your enrollment history and financial aid history from point of entry at the undergraduate level. Scan and upload this official letter in your online application under the documents tab. No other forms of documentation can be accepted (no form letters, photocopies, or financial aid transcripts, please).
Upon receipt of your fee waiver request, the Admissions Office will review your materials and mark your application as “paid” or contact you for additional information/payment. This is a fee waiver process and not a fee payment reimbursement process. Once the application fee is paid by either check or credit card, waiver or reimbursement is no longer an option.