Prerequisite courses are not required for admission.
You may want to take an introductory accounting course prior to the start of the Program to determine if the subject matter is of interest to you. Other classes that may be helpful are microeconomics, macroeconomics and business statistics. Another option to yourself a feel for the business world is to take UNC Business Essentials offered through Executive Education at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
A One-Year Graduate Accounting Program
The CampusMAC format of the Master of Accounting Program at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School is designed for people with little to no previous accounting education.
Applicants to the on-campus format (CampusMAC) 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.
Unlike its on-campus counterpart, the online format (Accounting@UNC) is open to all students, including those who completed more than 12.0 credits of accounting in their undergraduate studies. 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.
* Generally speaking, any course with Accounting, Tax, Audit, or Financial Reporting in the title will count toward this limit. If you are uncertain about your total accounting credit hours, please upload your transcripts within the application and then email us at so that we may review your education records before you proceed with submitting this application.
Many students begin the Master of Accounting Program immediately following the completion of their undergraduate education. These students tend to have little to no work experience, especially experience in business.