Admissions Criteria

Incoming students need to have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior university studies with significant, proven quantitative experience and aptitude.

Students must have completed introductory courses in the following subject areas from an accredited school, with a grade of B or better. Each candidate's academic background is considered and additional prerequisite requirements will be determined on an individual basis.

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Mathematics and Applied Statistics
  • Economics
  • Finance

Prerequisite course work must be done on campus, in person at an AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited university. Most students are admitted to the program before course work requirements are met.

In addition to academic course work, our students carry themselves with professional composure and a mature, professional presence. They are exceptional communicators with keen interpersonal savvy, a sensitivity to multiple stakeholder perspectives, and the ability to make high-quality decisions with integrity. Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation students are ambitious, focused and committed to learning from experience and pursuing continuous development.

How to apply

You are about to take the first step toward enhancing your professional potential, expanding your career possibilities and discovering a new community of bright people from all over the world.

Application Requirements
In addition to the completed online application and $100 non-refundable application fee, you will be required to provide the following:

More detailed instructions can be found here. Join our community today by beginning the application process. To check the status of your completed application, click here.


Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. We are committed to helping students afford the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program by offering scholarships and low-interest loan opportunities.

However you choose to finance your Master of Accountancy degree, know that the competitive internships and jobs that our students secure often make the loan payback period significantly shorter. With such a high rate of return, this 12-month program is an investment worth making.

Average MAcc Valuation Class Profile

  • 12 Class Size
  • 23 Average Age
  • 3.68 Average Undergraduate GPA
  • 640 - 750 GMAT Score Range
  • 32% Women

Application Deadlines

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

2019-20 Deadlines 
Early Application DeadlineSeptember 15, 2019
Round 1 DeadlineOctober 13, 2019
Round 2 DeadlineNovember 17, 2019
Foreign National Applicant DeadlineJanuary 1, 2020
Round 3 Deadline*February 9, 2020
Round 4 Deadline* March 29, 2020
Final Deadline* May 1, 2020

*Limited to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents


Welcome Weekend 2020 Suspended

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of the Vanderbilt Community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the University has suspended school-sponsored events through April 30. This impacts Welcome Weekend as previously planned. We are actively evaluating solutions to provide opportunities for incoming students to interact with each other and learn more about life at Vanderbilt and in Nashville. We will be monitoring this complex and fluid situation and will continue to keep you informed of any changes. Now, more than ever, we will pull together and do what Vanderbilt does best – collaborate, find solutions, and move forward, together.

We certainly want to stay in touch and answer any and all of your questions. Our recruiting teams are available to chat via ZOOM meeting, phone call, or email.

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Program Information

Q. Do you accept applications for spring entry into the MAcc Valuation program?

No. We accept applications for fall entrance only.

Q. Do you offer a part-time MAcc Valuation program?

No, the MAcc Valuation program is designed to be a full-time, one-year intensive program with a structured curriculum and partner firm recruitment process.

Q. Does the MAcc Valuation program offer a CFA prep course?

Our program includes live CFA prep sessions. The sessions take place during the academic year and are based on the Schweser CFA review material. We provide an instructor to answer your questions about the exam and to coach you while working through practice problems.

Q. Is it possible for MAcc students to live in university housing on campus?

No. On-campus housing is limited to undergraduate students. For more information, please visit Vanderbilt University's off-campus referral service. Most students have cars, but this is a personal decision.

Q. Does the MAcc Valuation program offer a CPA prep course?

Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation students prepare and sit for the CPA exam using the Becker CPA Review Course. The Vanderbilt MAcc program has partnered with Becker, and students take classes on campus between graduation and the start of full-time employment. Standard industry practice is for new incoming associates to start work full-time in September. It is expected that students will sit for the CPA exam concurrent with the Becker course. Partner firms pay for the cost of the Becker CPA review once a full-time job is accepted. If the student's cost is not covered by his/her employer, or he/she has not accepted a full-time position, the student is responsible for the cost of the Becker CPA review.

Q. When do students matriculate each year?

Classes and orientation begin in late July and are required for all students. The MAcc Valuation program has a structured curriculum and partner firm recruitment process, as you can see by viewing our academic and recruiting calendar here.

Q. Will I be CPA license eligible if I complete the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program?

We work closely with NASBA CPAES and the Tennessee State Board to ensure that our program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Tennessee.

Q. Will I take the CFA exam during the program?

The CFA exam is three levels. Students in our program will study for Level 1 in the fall semester and take the Level 1 exam the first Saturday of December.

Admission Information

Q. Do you require any full-time experience? If I have full-time work experience, can I still apply?

While the majority of our students apply for the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program directly out of an undergraduate program, we do welcome applicants who have between one and three years of full-time work experience. When we evaluate your application, we consider all full-time work, military experience, part-time work, internships, co-op assignments, summer jobs, volunteer work and campus involvement/leadership.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program accept transfer students or transfer credits?

No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits.

Q. Does a particular background give me any advantage in the admissions process?

No. We seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity in all forms—academic, professional, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, socioeconomic and so on—is an important component of the Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation experience. In terms of academic background, we encourage students from diverse disciplines to apply. We do look for students with strong quantitative skills and require several prerequisites that lend themselves to majors in business, finance, accounting, economics or math. However, we do not require that you have a certain major as long as you are able to complete the prerequisites prior to matriculating into our program.

Q. What are your prerequisites? Do I have to have them completed before I apply?

Incoming MAcc Valuation students need to have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior university studies, with significant, proven quantitative experience and aptitude. Students must have completed the following courses from an accredited school, with a grade of B or better. Many students are admitted to the program before this requirement is met. Any additional prerequisite requirements will be determined on an individual basis, as some students may need to develop core competencies prior to the start of the program. 

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Mathematics and Applied Statistics
  • Economics
  • Finance

Q. Will you admit international students?

We have admitted international students with very strong English language skills who have lived or studied in the U.S. We require all our students to have very strong communication skills and have the ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people. Therefore we will intensely evaluate you on these skill sets during the application process.