General Program Information
Yes. The Moore School and the School of Accounting are both accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and is earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. The Darla Moore School of Business is one of only 716 business schools globally that maintains AACSB Business Accreditation, and one of only 181 institutions in the world to also maintain a specialized AACSB Accreditation for accounting.
If you have an undergraduate degree in accounting, or meet all of the prerequisite courses, expect the program to take 10-12 months to complete. Completing prerequisite courses within the program will likely extend your time in the program.
Please note that many students complete their MACC coursework within 10 months and use the summer to complete any remaining parts of the CPA Exam and the MACC program’s professional exam requirement.
Summer classes are not required, but may be necessary if you participate in fall recruiting. Students participating in recruiting (all students without a full-time job offer) are not allowed to take more than 4 classes during the fall semester.
If you do not have a summer internship, we recommend taking at least one class the summer before fall recruiting so that you can graduate in May. You may also take classes, and graduate, the following summer.
You can take MACC courses on a part-time basis. Doing so will extend your time in the program, and requires a flexible employer (core MACC courses are offered on the Columbia campus during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 upper-level accounting GPA. Upper-level accounting courses are courses above the principles level, excluding law and internship courses. If you were not an accounting major, you must have a 3.00 upper-level major GPA.
We consider applicants’ overall (or most recent 60-hours) GPA and GMAT scores together. A higher GPA can offset a lower GMAT score, and vice versa. The standard target GPA and GMAT figures we suggest are 3.35 and 570, respectively. It is possible to be admitted with a GPA or GMAT performance below these targets. GMAT Waivers [linked] are available.
If you would like to have a pre-application review performed to provide you a personalized view of your admissions potential, please email us a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) and exam scores to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. However, you must have a bachelor’s degree, and satisfy our business core and upper level accounting prerequisite courses. If you are missing prerequisite courses prior to entering our MACC program, you will be required to complete these courses in addition to the 10 MACC program courses. Please note that taking prerequisite courses may extend your MACC program beyond our traditional 10-month completion cycle. We also offer custom schedules for students without an accounting background wanting to complete our program in as few as 18 months.
The MACC program does not have a work experience requirement. Students entering the MACC program typically do so immediately after completing their undergraduate degree.
No, we only accept the GMAT exam for admission. GMAT Waivers are available.
Unfortunately, no. We only evaluate students for admissions decisions once they have eligible test scores and GPAs. If you are waiting for qualifying grades or test scores, please wait to apply until you are eligible.
Decision in a Day
No, We balance financial awards between the events so your award would be the same at either event.
Please dress business professional.
Yes. Each applicant will be assigned specific interview times. Your interview times will be assigned the week of the event, and you will be informed of your itinerary via email.
You will interview with some combination of firm professionals and MACC faculty. Your interviews will either be one-on-one with an interviewer or with multiple people at the same time. You will not have group interviews with other event participants.
You can expect to have at least two rounds of interviews, each about 15-20 minutes each. Each interviewer will be supplied with a copy of your resume and are free to ask whatever they want! Expect questions on academic and professional goals and past work or internship experience.
Firm professionals are typically senior managers, directors, partners or shareholders for public accounting firms, although the lowest level professional that may attend is a manager.
Firms participating in previous Decision in a Day events include Deloitte, EY, PwC, Grant Thornton, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Elliott Davis and Greer Walker.
Unfortunately, since these events are when we award our largest financial award packages, the event minimum requirements are strictly enforced. However, the event requirements are not the same as our general admission requirements. You can still be admitted to our program — and receive a financial award package — by going through our normal admissions process.
First, have you applied for our GMAT waiver? If you do not qualify for a waiver, since these events are when we award our largest financial award packages, the event minimum requirements are strictly enforced. However, the event requirements are not the same as our general admission requirements. You can still be admitted to our program — and receive a financial award package — by going through our normal admissions process.
Your admissions and financial award decisions are based on your academic performance, GMAT score/waiver, resume, interview performance and other compelling factors. A GMAT waiver is considered a neutral factor that neither increases nor decreases your potential award. A strong GMAT performance can positively impact your potential award. If you have received a GMAT waiver and are planning on taking the exam, please defer attending Decision in a Day until after you have taken the exam.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Awards
Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Financial Awards page.
Yes. Currently graduate students may borrow from several student loan programs. For specific program requirements and application materials, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.