Requirements for Admission
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Accounting (MAC) program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding career as an accountant, we encourage you to apply now.
Our requirements for admission are as follows:
- Choose either the CampusMAC (begins May 2015) or Accounting@UNC (begins June 2015) program format.
- Completed Application for admission and paid application fee.
- Transcripts of all academic work.
- GMAT or GRE test scores.
- Statement of Purpose.
- Three recommendation letters.
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
- Successful interview with an admissions committee member.
- Financial Certificate (International Students only).
We offer two program formats in accounting to fit your personal and professional preference.
- On-Campus (CampusMAC). Begins May 2015: 12 month, full-time, on-campus degree geared toward non-accounting majors. Business, liberal arts and science majors are all eligible. You cannot have more than 12.0 credits of accounting to enter the program because it is geared for non-accounting majors.* Historical job placement of 95% or higher.
- Online (Accounting@UNC). Begins June 2015: 15 month, full-time, online degree, open to both non-accounting majors and students with accounting-heavy backgrounds. Sophisticated and interactive online format including small section sizes and a sense of community. Includes an optional winter internship with firms. Same access to campus recruiting. First class to launch July 2015 with a required Chapel Hill, NC immersion in June 2015.
- All applicants must have a “B” average or above in their undergraduate major and a strong academic record in general.
- All applicants applying to the CampusMAC program may not have accrued more than 12.0 credits of accounting.
- All applicants must have the ability to start in the month of May (CampusMAC) or June (Accounting@UNC). You are not eligible to apply for this year if your Bachelor’s degree will not be conferred by the time MAC classes begin.
- Students who enter Accounting@UNC with an accounting-heavy background will receive a personalized curriculum that incorporates additional business coursework and/or waivers for courses they have already completed. In these situations, the total credit hours may be less than the program's standard 45-hour format.
Please see below for further details on the requirements for admission.
International Applicants: Because UNC Chapel Hill can only extend its resources to a limited number of qualified international students, we encourage you to apply early. 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.
The final deadline to apply for the Master of Accounting (MAC) program at UNC-Kenan Flagler is March 31st. If you experience difficulties in applying, please contact the Master of Accounting Program at 919.962.3209 or
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Statement of Purpose
We want to know why accounting is the career for you. The Statement of Purpose should also describe why you want to earn a Master of Accounting degree at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Each applicant to the Master of Accounting Program is required to submit a Statement of Purpose.
In the statement, please answer the following questions:
- What experiences have led you to consider a career in accounting?
- What are your professional goals?
- What goals and achievements have you accomplished?
- Why would the UNC Kenan-Flagler Master of Accounting Program be a good fit for you?
- How will you enrich the legacy of the Master of Accounting Program? Please tell us about your significant life or leadership experiences and community service involvement, how they have shaped who you are, and how they have prepared you for this program.
Your statement should be no more than two pages, double-spaced. Suggested length 400-700 words.
A recommendation letter is an endorsement of your character and achievements. Choose an author that knows you reasonably well and can provide honest feedback. We require three recommendation letters and two of the recommendations may be academic.
A resume should include your educational, employment and achievement history with headings and dates, in reverse chronological order. The resume should be no longer than one-page in length.
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).
Please submit your GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL scores after you have started your application.
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.