Our Master of Accountancy program emphasizes the emerging trend of data analytics in the practice of accounting. The program prepares students for the rapidly changing skills and competencies the practice of accounting requires today and will require in the future. The MAcc program prepares students for entry into both non-public and public accountancy careers through advanced study and meets the 150-hour requirement and the 30-hour accountancy credit requirement for CPA licensure.
UNG Accounting majors may apply for early conditional acceptance into the program the semester after they complete ACCT 3310 – Intermediate Accounting 1. Students interested in this path should see the MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance Admissions Requirements below.
If not applying for the MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance, students should see the MAcc General Admissions Requirements below.
MAcc students may begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Typically, classes for full-time students are offered during the day on the Dahlonega campus, and classes for part-time students are offered during the evening on the Gainesville campus. Summer classes may be online or hybrid on either campus. The program may be completed in one year as a full-time student on the Dahlonega campus or over a longer period of time as a part-time student on the Dahlonega campus or on the Gainesville campus in the evening.
Requirements for Admission: MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance
To apply for MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance
- Be a current UNG Accounting major.
- Have completed ACCT 3310 at UNG with a grade of B or higher.
- Have an overall GPA of 3.0 AND Upper Level GPA of 3.0 in their major area courses plus ACCT 4330 (if student has completed more than one major area class).
- Students who have taken more than SIX major area courses plus ACCT 4330 (not to include ACCT 4903 – Internship) are no longer eligible to apply for MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance and should instead apply for the MAcc following the General MAcc Admissions guidelines below.
- Students should indicate their anticipated MAcc start date on the admission form. This will typically be a little over 1.5 years from the date of application.
- Students MUST meet with Financial Aid and MAcc Advisor before being accepted to MAcc 4+1 track. Financial Aid/Advisor will both discuss how to maximize aid and plan classes if you are accepted into the program.
To stay on track for MAcc 4+1 Early Acceptance
Students granted MAcc 4+1 Early Conditional Acceptance must maintain an average Upper Level GPA of 3.0 in their major area courses plus ACCT 4330 to stay on track for admittance into the MAcc (calculated at the end of each subsequent semester). Students who remain on track will not need to take the GMAT.
Following semester grades being posted, all students NOT on track will receive notice from the department, and will have one semester to get back on track for admittance. If a student is off track for two semesters, then the student will need to reapply for the program following the General Admission Requirements.
To finalize admissions process
In the semester BEFORE beginning MAcc classes, the student must:
- Have an average Upper Level GPA of 3.0 in their major area courses plus ACCT 4330
- Have completed or be completing Area F, Common Professional Component, and Accounting Major classes by the end of that semester*
*Students may delay their anticipated MAcc start date by one semester in order to complete requirement two in this section.
Any student not meeting these requirements will need to apply for the MAcc through the General MAcc Admissions Requirements outlined below.
Requirements for Admission: General MAcc Admissions
- A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from an accredited institution (as defined under Accredited Institutions in the Academic Information section of the Graduate Catalog) with separate accreditation of the business program (by AACSB, EQUIS, or equivalent), or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (as defined under Accredited Institutions in the Academic Information section of the Graduate Catalog) plus completion of all prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or better in each course. Accounting coursework must include at least one course covering U.S. tax law. For international students, a NACES or AICE evaluation is required to determine regional accreditation equivalency.
- Grade point average of 3.0 or above in upper-level accounting courses calculated in accordance with UNG’s Graduate Admissions procedures.
- Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) of not less than 575, or its GRE equivalent. Only GMAT or GRE scores less than five years old will be considered.
Applicants may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of an advanced degree, Master’s, Doctorate, in any field from a regionally accredited institution, a currently valid accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation), or 3 years of full-time accounting work experience.
UNG and other AACSB institution accounting majors may waive the GMAT/GRE requirement by earning a GPA of at least 3.25 in upper-level accounting courses calculated in accordance with UNG’s Graduate Admissions procedures.
Required Supplemental Documents (both admission pathways)
- Letter of Interest explaining the applicant’s purpose for completing the MAcc Program
- Professional Resume
- Recommendation letters (2) from a professor or employer
Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the UNG Graduate Catalog.
- ACCT 2101 – Principles of Accounting I
- ACCT 2102 – Principles of Accounting II
- ACCT 3310 – Intermediate I
- ACCT 3320 – Intermediate II
- ACCT 3350 – Federal Income Taxation
- ACCT 4380 – Auditing
Academic Policies for MAcc Graduation
To be eligible for graduation, a student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or better average across all courses in the graduate program of study. A student may only repeat a graduate course one time. No grade below 2.0 (C) will be accepted as part of the program of study. When a course is repeated, the last grade received will be used in calculating the average that is used for graduation. Students who earn a second C in the program will be withdrawn. The student may apply to Graduate Admissions for readmission a semester later.
The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the university. UNG graduate students are expected to uphold the university regulations addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, Article 3, Rule 2.
The MAcc program adheres to the university’s definition of professional integrity as described in the Academic Information portion of the Graduate Catalog.