Incoming students need to have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior university studies. Though our program is more specifically designed for non-accounting majors, students from any educational background are encouraged to apply.
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 Accounting
- Managerial or Cost Accounting
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 coursework requirements are met.
In addition to academic coursework, 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 students are ambitious, focused, and committed to learning from experience and pursuing continuous development.
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.
In addition to the completed online application and $100 non-refundable application fee, you will be required to provide the following:
Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. We are committed to helping students afford the Vanderbilt MAcc 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.
The Fall 2021 MAcc application is closed. The new Fall 2022 application will be available mid-August. The first application deadline will be in early September. Check back this summer for exact details.
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No. We accept applications for fall entrance only.
No, the MAcc program is designed to be a full-time, one-year intensive program with a structured curriculum and partner firm recruitment process.
Vanderbilt MAcc 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.
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.
Classes begin in early August. Orientation is required for all incoming students and begins the week before classes. The MAcc program has a structured curriculum and partner firm recruitment process, as you can see by viewing our academic and recruiting calendar here.
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.
No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits.
The fee is $100 for each new application or reapplication for the Vanderbilt MAcc program. You will be asked to pay the fee by credit card after you submit your application.
Students entering the MAcc program need to have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior university studies. Students must have completed introductory courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, statistics and microeconomics from an accredited school, with a grade of B or better. However, many students are admitted to the program before these requirements are met. Any additional prerequisites will be determined on an individual basis, as some students may need to develop core competencies prior to the start of the program.
The majority of our students apply for the Vanderbilt MAcc program directly out of an undergraduate program, but about 12 percent of each class comes into the program with one to three years of full-time work experience. We welcome both. 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.
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 experience. In terms of academic background, we encourage students from diverse disciplines to apply. The majority of our students come from liberal arts backgrounds—we've had students with undergraduate majors in music, art history, biology, languages, economics, and so on. We also have had students from undergraduate business and engineering programs.
Though our program is more specifically designed for non-accounting majors, students from any educational background may apply. The Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Our program is designed specifically around the auditing track of a professional services firm. Success in the profession requires a strong knowledge of accounting but also requires strong communication skills, analytical aptitude, and the ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people. Consequently, the Vanderbilt MAcc program is designed to help you develop your communication, analytical, and teamwork skills in a business environment. You will also be interacting with MBA students in some of your classes and will apply what you have learned in an internship with one of the top public accounting firms.
We have admitted international students with very strong English language skills and require that students have lived or studied in the U.S. We require all our students to have strong communication skills, analytical aptitude, and 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.