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Online Format FAQ

UNC Accounting Online - FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the online format across a variety of topics:

UNC Accounting Online MAC - General Questions

General information

How similar is the online format to the on-campus format?

Very similar. Students in the online format learn the same high-caliber curriculum, from the same top-notch faculty, and experience the same peer-to-peer interaction and outstanding employment recruitment opportunities as those in the on-campus format. Both also share the same admission standards, which seek motivated, high-performing students best suited to succeed in the rigorous format.

The online format does have a few differences: a flexible 12- to 36-month duration and, of course, the chance to use innovative technology to learn valuable skills in virtual communications.

Furthermore, it is important to note that, unlike its on-campus counterpart, the online format is open to all students, including those who completed more than 12.0 credits of accounting in their undergraduate studies. Students who enter the online format 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 48-hour format. For more information, and to discuss how the online curriculum can be modified to suit your particular situation, contact us directly at mac_info@unc.edu or 919-962-3209.

When will classes begin?

There are four start dates -- January, March, June and September. Students will attend a required Orientation and Leadership Immersion event in Chapel Hill prior to the start of classes. 

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

The online format can be completed in as little as 12 months. You must complete your degree requirements in 36 months.
>> Learn more: "How long will it take me to finish? And, how long do I have?"

Is the immersion mandatory? How long is it, and what will it consist of?

Yes, you must attend, but it’s worth it. The four-day immersion includes a one-credit leadership course and a chance to meet your classmates and experience Kenan-Flagler and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I live in Chicago. If I enrolled in the online format, how frequently would I need to actually be on campus?

Just one time on campus -- a leadership immersion just before you begin classes. There is also an optional week of on-campus recruiting interviews in September and an optional graduation ceremony scheduled for late-September.

Will my diploma designate that I was enrolled in the online format?

No, your diploma will be the same as those in the on-campus format. It will simply state that you earned your Master of Accounting degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Accounting Online MAC - Coursework


What is required of students who take an online course?

Please review our online format curriculum. Courses and dates are subject to change.

Each course is designed and delivered by a UNC Kenan-Flagler professor and requires:

- Preparation outside of class, including teamwork and assignments that may include readings, cases, projects, problems, and papers.

- Lectures and delivery of new information in an asynchronous format.

- Weekly virtual meetings in a synchronous format, offered to small groups of no more than 20 students led by faculty instructors. This may include case discussions, role plays, breakout groups, and other discussions to drive learning.

- Participation in a week-long immersion in Chapel Hill, which includes a one-credit leadership course. 

Is the online format delivered completely online?

Yes, outside of one immersion in Chapel Hill that includes a one-credit leadership course.

Are the online courses different than the on-campus courses?

The format is different, but the curriculum is very similar. Online students will take the same courses as their on-campus counterparts, but will do so in an "environment" that's delivered entirely online via a sophisticated online interface. Interactive sessions are held via webcam, lectures are delivered through a powerful media player, and communications take place via integrated messaging systems.

Will the online format allow me to work full time while taking courses?

Yes. This format allows you to balance your studies with the rest of your life. On the other hand, you can also expedite your coursework to push through faster. Complete the program in as little as 12 months or stretch it out for up to 36 months; it’s your choice.
>> Learn more: "Talk to me about flexibility in your online format."

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UNC Accounting Online MAC - Admissions


Are the admission requirements and deadlines for the online format the same as the on-campus format?

Yes, with one difference. On-campus applicants cannot have more than 12.0 credits of accounting coursework whereas online applicants can exceed this limit.
>> Learn more: "What prerequisite courses must I complete?" (spoiler: None.)

How competitive is the online format for international students?

Quite competitive, and similar to the on-campus format. International students should demonstrate thorough and excellent preparation for studying in the U.S., with strong English-language communication skills.

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UNC Accounting Online MAC - Financial Aid

Financial aid 

What are the tuition and fees for the online format?

Tuition is $1446.36 per credit hour for the 2019-20 academic year (July 2019-June 2020), plus travel expenses to the mandatory on-campus immersion. Travel expenses to the optional recruiting interviews and optional graduation ceremony are also not included.

Will I have access to financial aid/scholarships/fellowships?

Yes, all three. All candidates applying to the online format are automatically considered for fellowships based solely on merit; a separate application is not required.
>> Learn more: "Does your program offer scholarships or fellowships?"

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UNC Accounting Online MAC - Career Support

Career support

What type of career support is provided to online students?

Online students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Big 4 and middle-market accounting firms as well as other major corporations during the immersion in Chapel Hill. In the fall, recruitment interview days will be organized with these same firms/corporations. Throughout the program, career development and other interview preparation sessions will be held.

Will I have the same access to jobs as on-campus?

Yes, on-campus recruiting interviews are available to online students.

However, due to immigration regulations governing employment, international students enrolled in the online format are not eligible to participate in campus-based employer recruitment events or internships in the U.S. Read details on these restrictions.  

Will the online format prepare me for the CPA exam?

Certainly. The online format curriculum will prepare you for the CPA exam. In fact, graduates from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Master of Accounting Program boast a remarkable 81% first-time pass rate, well ahead of the national average that sits just under 50%.

Note:  Passing the CPA exam is only one component of receiving licensure as a CPA.  Each state in the United States has unique requirements for licensure as a CPA.  It is highly recommended that you review these requirements issued by each state’s Board of Accountancy prior to applying to the online program.

>> Learn more: "What is the CPA designation and how do I prep for the exam?"

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