Your checklist is below. Before you start, take a moment to meet our Admissions Ambassadors, 18 current students who were in your spot not long ago! And, join UNC MAC on LinkedIn, where we celebrate the accounting profession, the accounting discipline, and the fascinating world of debits, credits, revenue, expenses, and, of course, profit.
Welcome to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Master of Accounting (MAC) Program. Our team believes you’ll be a strong addition to our community. Take the first step to your future educational and professional goals and save your seat in your talented class by submitting your non-refundable enrollment deposit. Your deposit is directly credited to your account, which will apply to your tuition and fees.
Once you submit your deposit, you’ll gain additional access to our world-class resources, including personalized academic guidance and individualized career services.
To submit your enrollment deposit (only $500), you’ll need your PID number, located on your admissions virtual letter.
Every organization has its own procedures, guidance, and recommendations. We’ve compiled this highly useful information into our MAC Student Handbook which you’ll receive shortly after admission. In this document, you’ll learn more about academic courses, logistics, and student support. We’ve included nearly everything in this informative guide.
Please review the MAC student handbook (PDF). We have incorporated learnings from this year’s class of students to ensure you have an exceptional experience.
A few of you may have secured an internship to occur after you graduate from your undergraduate university, but before you start the UNC Master of Accounting Program (i.e. Pre-MAC internship).
While the on-campus format begins in June, we recognize the importance of real-world training and would like to accommodate your internship opportunity. Provided you meet the criteria below, you can likely join our program in mid-August after you finish your pre-MAC internship.
For highly important additional information, please view this FAQ document.
We strive to be at the forefront of technology for all of our pursuits. We use the University of North Carolina’s “ONYEN” process for your password-related activities. This ensures that your data and information are secure at all times. This is your all-access UNC password. In addition, we’ve eliminated the necessity of multiple passwords by developing the Only Name You’ll Ever Need (ONYEN). Be sure to have your PID number (on your admissions virtual letter) to start the process.
The University of North Carolina is highly accommodating to active duty military, retired military, and military families. Our commitment begins with the admissions process and continues through your engagement as an alumni. So that we can ensure your military benefits are applied as soon as possible, please begin the required VA documentation soon after your admission. The VA website includes highly useful information as an additional resource.
We’ll need the following information:
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Karsen Spain, Veterans Affairs Specialist
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
1205 Environ Way, CB# 3495
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
The MAC Program is a part of the University of North Carolina. This status enables us to have access to their resources and services. UNC has created “Connect Carolina” to provide you with an integrated portal to unlock system-wide benefits. In addition, you’ll pay your tuition through Connect Carolina.
The Connect Carolina portal includes an important “to-do” list with logistical items that you’ll need to complete. Although you may not need to complete anything right now, you should refer back to the Connect Carolina “to-do” list regularly as you approach the start date of our program to ensure you don’t miss any important action items. In addition to all of the Connect Carolina “to-do” items, please be sure to review:
As an accounting student, you know the value of smart financial decisions. The MAC program is certainly a wise investment, and we want to enable you to set the right financial foundation. In addition to financial aid, remember to research alternative sources of funding, including external scholarships.
Approximately 90% of MAC students receive some type of financial aid to help pay tuition, fees, and/or living expenses (about 50% of students borrow some type of loan funding, either private or Federal). Like a company that seeks financing to build a more efficient and productive plant, you’ll likely use financing to invest in your future. The U.S. government agrees that educational investments are important and provides access to student loans.
To aid you through this important and detailed process, we have a dedicated MAC Financial Aid Assistant Director, Susan Brooks.
Tuition and fees are not finalized until the summer but you can find our best estimates for these costs. There are several payment options available, including an installment payment plan.
If you will borrow loan funding for your MAC studies, consider the following:
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If you will borrow loan funding for your MAC studies, start working on the following:
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Brooks.
There are some organizations that specifically allocate funding to Master of Accounting or graduate students. We’ve included a few special scholarships below, but also remember to use the comprehensive UNC Funding Information Portal.
We want to ensure that you have highly accomplished classmates, similar to you. Therefore, we maintain a high level of academic integrity. To accomplish this, we require that all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts are submitted to us before the first day of a credit-bearing course. You may provide official paper or official electronic transcripts.
Graduates (and individuals that have studied at multiple institutions):
Please start the transcript verification process as soon as possible.
Upcoming graduates (Spring/Summer 2019):
Please request your transcripts immediately after degree confirmation.
For electronic requests, select “third party” and use firstname.lastname@example.org for the email address. Transcripts sent to any other email address (i.e. graduate admissions) won’t be received by the MAC Program.
Or mail them to us at:
Master of Accounting Program
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Campus Box 3490, McColl Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
Your residency for tuition purposes determines your in-state or out-of-state status and may impact your admission, tuition, scholarship and financial aid eligibility. North Carolina residency for tuition purposes is governed by North Carolina state law. More information about North Carolina residency for tuition purposes can be found at www.ncresidency.org
You should submit the current residency application as soon as possible, but no later than a month before the program starts.
When should you apply for residency?
Once you have maintained a domicile continuously in North Carolina for at least 12 full months. The residency application deadline is 06/24/19.
How do I know if I am qualified for in-state tuition?
You will receive an unverified determination directly from Residency Determination Services (RDS) once you complete the application. RDS will confirm information provided and will verify information within 24-72 hours.
What do I need to know about residency?
Please refer to the Residency FAQs.
Diversity of our student population, faculty, staff, and partners represents an important facet of our program. We strive to create an inclusive and representative Community that welcomes all backgrounds and experiences.
We recognize that International Students (including those without Permanent U.S. Work Authorization) may have additional process steps related to enrollment. Therefore, we have additional resources available to you:
Accounting is the language of business and excel is one of our primary tools. We’ve searched various academic institutions and online education platforms to identify the best blend of high-quality content, efficiency, and value. While these courses are not included in the cost of your tuition, at around $15 dollars each, they’re worth every penny. Within these modules, you’ll learn strategies, tactics, and tips to help you become an advanced excel user.
Advanced Excel Formulas and Functions will provide you with an intensive, advanced curriculum to learn excel formulas, functions, and short-cuts. Due to the complexity of our coursework, we require that you complete this Udemy course prior to the start of your program.
Data Analysis with Pivot Tables teaches you to create, synthesize, and analyze pivot tables, a primary excel feature. As data analysis becomes of paramount importance within our MAC program and your future financial position, we encourage you to get a head-start with this optional training module.
Congratulations on your acceptance to the Master of Accounting Program.
Accounting is often referred to as ‘the language of business’ and one of the primary goals of the MAC program is to help you achieve fluency in this new language. The material is challenging though and topics are covered at a fast pace; thus, we recommend that you have at least a familiarity with the key terms and core concepts that are the foundation of accounting, prior to the start of your first course.
To that end, if you have not previously taken an accounting course, we strongly encourage that, prior to your first course, you read Chapters 1-12 of Financial Statements by Thomas R. Ittelson.
If you are new to the world of accounting, this advance preparation should be considered mandatory. Our courses are designed to explore accounting information, however each looks at it through a different lens, and we recommend a basic fluency in accounting concepts.
We know that you chose the UNC MAC Program because you are a serious student who wants to succeed as well as embrace the many learning opportunities that our degree offers. Making sure you have an initial foundation upon which to build your knowledge and skills, is your first step.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Jana Raedy & Lynn Dikolli
We’ll provide you with an unparalleled experience during Orientation and Leadership Immersion (OLI). Approximately three weeks before OLI, we’ll send you a survey to learn more about your preferences during this event.
The program will register you for classes for your first two terms (July & October) to ensure a streamlined process for you. In your July term, you’ll be registered for the Orientation and Leadership Immersion, Financial Reporting A, Auditing and Assurance Services, and Finance.
We’ve designed our courses to be fast-paced so that you gain the highest return on your education. You’ll want to be prepared on your first day of class. Therefore, we recommend that you order your textbooks prior to your classes. The materials required for your first term are located on the intranet.
We’re known worldwide for our innovative leadership curriculum. It all begins with our engaging Orientation and Leadership Immersion (OLI). This event sets the foundation for your education in our MAC program. You’ll interact with peers, review personal assessments, and develop a productive study group culture. The immersion is required for all students and includes a credit-bearing course. The course is a mix of instructional learning and team-building activities.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill for the Orientation and Leadership Immersion starting on June 26, 2020.
Schedule of Events Forthcoming
Our program includes world-class leadership development. As an effective leader, it’s important to know your own personality and working style. Our team has evaluated many different leadership assessments, and we believe the DiSC assessment provides the best platform. The DiSC model creates a tool that allows you to better know yourself and tendencies within team-based work. This incredible resource is available to you during the program and you can take these learnings with you as you transition into the workplace.
This DiSC assessment is a requirement for your leadership course MAC 776 Leadership: Ethics, Professionalism and Team Building in Today’s Diverse Business Environment that will take place during the Orientation and Leadership Immersion (OLI).You’ll gain access to your individualized DiSC instructions via email shortly before OLI.
Great news! Unlike many education institutions, we have carpool parking available on-campus for students, adjacent to the Business School. This allows you to be productive in your classroom and personal life. You can always use Chapel Hill / UNC’s free bus system; however, it’s nice to know that private parking is available, if preferred.
Parking for the days of Orientation and Leadership Immersion is available for all students. The Business Parking Deck will be open for your use during this time and we will alert you when the pass is available to print.
After the immersion dates, you will need a summer parking pass to continue parking here at the business school without penalty. Directions will be posted closer to the start of OLI.
Fall parking is organized in a different manner and details will be coming to the overall class in early July to get that process started.
The UNC student ID card is named the “OneCard.” This OneCard opens a wide array of resources to you. You can use your OneCard for printing, dining, and many other services. In addition, you can use this card for discounts at many Chapel Hill retailers!
All students will need to get a OneCard. Please note that you will have a busy schedule during the Orientation and Leadership Immersion and might not have time during the day to get your ID. Please visit the OneCard website to see their schedule and location where you can get your OneCard.
We’re looking forward to helping you obtain your career goals. Whether you seek to join a public accounting firm, Fortune 500 company, or small non-profit organization, we’re here to help you. The Career Services Team is led by Allison Manning and Lauren DiSclafani. Lauren will help guide you in your employment strategy. We know your educational investment will pay-off and we’re looking forward to helping you.
Many, if not all, our campus students participate in our structured recruiting process, which is our version of on-campus recruiting. Lauren will guide students through this process, upon your start of the program. To gain more information about the Structured Recruiting process, please read through our Structured Recruiting FAQ’s.
In rare instances, you may have already secured full-time employment prior to your enrollment in our program. If you have already received full-time employment, please contact Lauren as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
If you are seeking full time employment in Texas or Illinois, please make sure to contact Lauren DiSclafani ASAP and make her aware of your geographic goals. The employment process in these states may be on a faster timeline.
We’ve created an effective resume template based on employer and student feedback. Get started on your first career deliverable and place your resume in the Structured Recruiting template linked below. We’ll provide minor tweaks closer to your actual MAC start date.
The UNC MAC Program has a LinkedIn page that celebrates the accounting profession — and the accounting discipline — and includes articles, videos, invitations to events, and even some fun quizzes and other activities. We think you’ll find the page interesting as you prepare to join the program. Follow us, and share the page with your co-workers, your peers, your family, your friends, and, of course, your social-media contacts.
Our unique community is another feature that sets our program apart from others. We invite you to join our Facebook group as soon as you’re admitted into our program. Here, you’ll virtually meet other incoming students, receive fun UNC-related information, and form bonds with groups of students. You can start building your future professional network!
We recognize that you’re making a major investment in your future. Therefore, we’ve identified a number of organizations that specifically allocate funding to Master of Accounting or graduate students. We’ve included a few special scholarships below, but also remember to use the comprehensive UNC Funding Information Portal.
You may seek CPA licensure during or after your UNC MAC studies. With one of the nation’s leading CPA pass rates, we’ll help you learn the content that will drive your performance on the CPA exam. In addition, we have a tailored partnership with Becker, the world’s most comprehensive CPA prep organization. This agreement includes dedicated study guides, information sessions, and materials at a significantly reduced price.
For more than 30 years as a Master of Accounting program, we’ve produced CPAs around the globe. It should be noted that jurisdictions have specific requirements based on your specific undergraduate, graduate, and accounting curriculum. Therefore, we recommend that you consult a few resources to help with your CPA planning process.
We have recently partnered with Off-Campus Student Life & Community Partnerships. They provide support and guidance for students who are transitioning to the area and looking for information on housing, potential roommates, and other resources.
We encourage you to visit their websites, or contact them with any questions you have about staying in Chapel Hill.
We place a high value on developing leaders within our program. Based on your admission, we believe that you have strong leadership potential. One of our goals is to further refine and shape your leadership attributes. To complement this initiative, we’ve created a number of elected leadership positions within the student body. You’ll learn more about these opportunities during Orientation & Leadership Immersion (OLI).
More information forthcoming.