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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 or finance professional, or if you’d like to bolster your resume with critical deep finance and accounting skills and knowledge, we encourage you to apply now.

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It’s easy to get started.

Don’t worry, we’ll do this together in just a few easy steps. Our graduate program doesn’t have prerequisites and it’s open to anyone who has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, regardless of undergraduate major or professional experience. Start by choosing your format, then take a few moments to read over our requirements and begin your application.

Our admissions staff looks forward to getting to learn more about each student that applies to our top-ranked UNC Master of Accounting program. We know that every applicant to our program is distinct, and, when reviewing your application, we take into consideration your unique educational background, work experience, and life achievements. Our staff uses a holistic approach that considers the entirety of your application when reviewing it, so no one section is taken into consideration without deliberation of your entire application. We look forward to receiving your application to our program.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at or 919-962-3209. We’re here to help every step of the way.

First, decide on the format that’s best for you.

On-campus: Open to students who have no more than 12 credits of accounting coursework. A 12-month, full-time program geared toward non-accounting majors. On-campus students start the program in June.


Online: Open to all students, regardless of your undergraduate major or coursework, including accounting majors. A flexible program completed in 12-36 months, depending on your desired pace. Online students can start the program in January, March, June, or September.

I’m interested!

Complete the fields below. Fields marked with “*” are required.

Then, start your application.

It’s easy to apply online. Gather your personal information, set aside some quiet time, and apply to UNC.

Here are a few things you’ll need and what you’ll need to do:

  1. Choose the on-campus or the online program format and the start term: Whether you prefer to learn online or on campus, the degree you receive is exactly the same.
  2. Unofficial transcripts: We need a record of all of your undergraduate classwork. We only need your unofficial transcripts. Simply upload them during the application process.
  3. Two recommenders: Choose two people that know you reasonably well and who can provide honest feedback via a short online survey. After you make your selections, we will conveniently contact them for you. Download or watch “Choosing Recommenders Who Can Sing Your Praises” (PDF)
  4. Statement of Purpose: We want to know why you want to earn a Master of Accounting degree from UNC Kenan-Flagler. Why is accounting or finance the right career for you? Download or watch “Writing a Powerful and Compelling Statement of Purpose” (PDF)
  5. Resume (or a link to your LinkedIn profile): Your resume or profile should include your educational, employment, and achievement history with headings and dates. View/download “Crafting a Rock-solid Resume” (PDF). Or, view/download “Applying to the UNC MAC with your LinkedIn Profile” (PDF).
  6. GMAT/GRE score or status: Indicate on your application if you qualify for (1) an exemption or (2) waiver consideration. Or, provide (3) your test score or (4) the date you plan to take the test:

Option 1 (Exemption): A GMAT/GRE score is not required for:
• UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students and alumni who have earned a cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher within the past five years.
• Anyone who has passed all parts of the Uniform CPA exam or all levels of the CFA exam.
• See additional details below.*

Option 2 (Waiver): You may request consideration for a GMAT/GRE waiver if you meet all of the following criteria:
• A cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 3.00 or higher. (Individuals with a GPA below 3.00 and who have extraordinary work experience may also apply for the GMAT/GRE waiver. Please contact to learn more.)
• Five years of professional or military experience, with demonstrated career progression, which may include full-time internship and work experience while enrolled in a graduate degree program from an accredited institution.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• See additional details below.**

Option 3 (Test score): If you’ve already taken either the GMAT or GRE, congratulations! You may submit the score you prefer within the application, we’ll only evaluate your best score. Our school codes for the GMAT are D40-HL-00 (online format) and D40-HL-13 (on-campus format). Our school code for the GRE is 0348.

Option 4 (Alternate Test score): Online March 2022, Online and On-campus June 2022 and Online September 2022 starts. We know how difficult it’s been to provide test scores due to the closing of test centers. As an alternative, applicants can now submit an alternate test score (SAT/ACT/LSAT/MCAT) to be considered for admission to the program. The test must have been taken within the past seven years. Email us at or call 919-962-3209 for more information.

Option 5 (Future date): If you plan to take the GMAT/GRE at a future date, you may still submit your application. Simply provide a date when you plan to take the test. We’ll send you helpful tips, reminders, and suggestions as you near the big day. Good luck! Download our prep guide, “Tips and Tricks: Scoring Big on the GMAT/GRE”. Or, read our article, “Why your test scores and your GPA matter?”

If English is not your native language and you did not complete your undergraduate degree in a native English-speaking country, you’ll also need to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic. Our institution code for the TOEFL is 3474

Submit your completed application: All finished? Outstanding. Submit your completed application and pay the application fee.

Your interview and admissions decision.

Here’s what you should expect once you have submitted your completed application.

Get interviewed: We want to meet you. After a preliminary screening of applications, the MAC Admissions Committee selects finalists to be invited for on-campus or virtual interviews. Applicants are contacted via email to schedule an interview after their application is complete. Business attire is expected for the interview. Download our interview preparation guide, “A Checklist for Success” (PDF) to learn more. Also, check out our fellowship tips, “How to Put Yourself in Line for a Merit-Based Fellowship.” (PDF)

Get a decision: We’re just as eager as you are to make our selections final. Decisions are often made on a rolling basis. Please apply early to have the best opportunity for fellowship and financial aid assistance.


It’s easy to get started. You can set up an account in about a minute and then take your time to craft the perfect application, returning as needed to the application portal.

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Need more help?

You can contact us directly at or 919.962.3209.

If you need to reach us in person or by mail, you’ll find us here:
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, McColl Building, 300 Kenan Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

We look forward to reviewing your application!

* Cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill GPA may not be rounded (e.g. 3.198 does not qualify) and must include at least three semesters of full-time UNC-Chapel Hill studies with at least 36 credits completed and graded at the time of MAC application submission date. Alumni must have had their UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate degree conferred within five (5) years of MAC application submission date. Alumni who graduated more than five years ago should apply via the GMAT waiver process. In rare instances, the Admissions Committee may request additional information to evaluate your analytical aptitude and experience. 

** The 3.00 GPA calculation must be the non-rounded, cumulative GPA as stated on the final transcript from the degree-conferred institution. You may achieve this GPA from either your accredited undergraduate or accredited graduate institution. (Individuals with a GPA below 3.00 and who have extraordinary work experience may also apply for the GMAT/GRE waiver. Please contact to learn more.) Your five years of work experience must be full-time (30 hours/week) with a progressive career path. Military duty, full-time internships, and work experience while enrolled in a graduate degree program may count toward the five years of experience. You may submit your request with fewer than five years; however, this time threshold must be met prior to Orientation and Leadership Immersion (OLI) for your intended start date.  Applicants with relevant or analytical experience receive higher rates of approval. Meeting the 3.0 GPA and five years of work experience criteria do not guarantee a waiver will be granted. Each applicant is reviewed individually and all application materials are considered when granting a waiver. 

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