Applicants for the MAcc degree program must have completed (or will complete prior to enrollment) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants' academic records should demonstrate an ability to pursue graduate studies in the accounting field. In addition, applicants must have completed some specific prerequisite course requirements for admission.
We urge you to start your application process early. Allowing time to fully prepare your application will enable you to devote sufficient time for each step without rushing yourself or the people who will write your letters of recommendation.
Our application process varies slightly for domestic and international applicants but in general requires similar elements including:
The Ohio State University does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be comparable to the American bachelor’s degree. One of the basic requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of an American bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to matriculation.
You are required to submit transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from another university(ies). Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript in lieu of official transcripts.
Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. If you have taken courses at The Ohio State University, (or are), you do not need to submit transcripts for those grades as the Admissions Office will obtain your Ohio State grades directly from the University Registrar’s Office.
The MAcc Admissions Committee will review scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. If you are admitted to Fisher, you will be required to submit final official transcripts.
You have two choices to submit transcripts as part of the application:
- Option 1: Use the UPLOAD DOCUMENT button in the ACADEMIC INFORMATION section within the online application to upload copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you earned any college credits while in high school. International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.
- Option 2: Send final official hardcopies of transcript/record of all courses completed for institutions attended to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Please note: This method may cause your application review to be delayed. If choosing this method, please send your transcripts as early as possible.
In cases where examination results or grades are not released, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Applicants who earned or are in process of earning degrees from universities outside of the United States must also have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by an approved credential evaluator and have that report sent to our admissions office. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts credential evaluations from ECE or WES.
Admission to the Fisher MAcc program is open to graduates with the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor's degree in virtually all areas of study: liberal arts, business, engineering, and other.
View a complete list of the prerequisites for the MAcc program
In addition to an undergraduate degree, the Fisher MAcc program has some specific prerequisite course requirements for admission (Ohio State University course numbers in italics, however the classes do not need to be completed at Ohio State):
- Principles of Financial Accounting (AMIS 2200)
- Principles of Managerial Accounting (AMIS 2300)
- Intermediate Financial Accounting I (AMIS 3200)
- Intermediate Financial Accounting II (AMIS 3201)
- Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting (AMIS 3300)
The admissions committee will review the applicant's transcripts to see that they have completed these courses at time of application. The Fisher MAcc Admissions Committee will accept and review an application from an applicant who has completed only principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting - but will require proof of having completed intermediate financial and managerial accounting prior to being allowed to enroll in the program if conditionally admitted. Applicants must show completion of principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting at time of application to be considered for admission.
Conditionally admitted students who need to complete the intermediate financial accounting and intermediate managerial accounting prerequisites can opt to enroll in the PreMAcc Seminar, which is held each summer prior to the start of the fall term. Offered through the Fisher Executive Education office, the not-for-credit 2.5 week PreMAcc Seminar is designed for admitted MAcc students who wish to meet the prerequsites in a very time-efficient fashion.
In addition to the above prerequisites, the MAcc program strongly recommends evidence of the following courses completed at the time of application (Ohio State course numbers in italics):
- Microeconomics (Econ 2001.01)
- Statistics (Stats 1430 or higher)
- Calculus (Math 1131-1151 or higher)
In addition to the above prerequisite courses, all applicants are required to sit for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The Admissions Committee will assess a student's qualitative and quantitative potential and ability to succeed in our program.
All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Be sure to take it as soon as you are well prepared. If you are an international applicant, you will also need to demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test unless you are from an English-speaking country.
This is your opportunity to showcase your employment history, extracurricular and/or community activities, language skills, and military record, if applicable.
When deciding whom to ask for letters of recommendation, you will want to choose individuals who can attest to your scholarship, professional development, personal character, and overall potential to succeed. Be sure to make your requests in plenty of time to allow respondents to prepare thoughtful, detailed letters on your behalf.
You need at least three (3) references that can speak to your potential to be successful in the program. We recommend at least two of your letters of reference be from academic sources. You will have the opportunity to ask your references to submit either electronic or paper letters of reference on your behalf when you submit your online application.
We cannot overstate the importance of the essays as an opportunity to present yourself to us in a meaningful, in-depth way. We encourage you to invest time in your essays, be genuine, and include examples with the points you make.
Why do you wish to earn a MAcc degree? Why do you wish to earn a MAcc from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MAcc program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?
What is the most difficult situation you have had to deal with and what did you learn from the experience?
Video Essay (optional):
This video essay gives you a chance to speak directly to the admissions committee since each applicant is not guaranteed an in-person interview.
Share something interesting about yourself that we would not otherwise learn from your application.
Non-refundable application processing fee
The application fee is $60 (U.S. Dollars) for United States citizens, permanent residents, or asylees, and $70 (U.S. Dollars) for International students. The fee is paid by credit card at the time that an applicant submits the online application. The application fee should not be sent separately to the Graduate Admissions Office and is nonrefundable.