You say you didn’t major in accounting? Yes, you may be a successful candidate for this program

I just returned from a lunch we had for the 2012 Pre-MAcc participants. What’s Pre-MAcc, you ask?

A bit of background first … not all Master of Accounting (or “MAcc”) programs are the same when it comes to necessary prerequisite coursework. When you’re investigating MAcc programs, be sure to check into the expected prerequisites. The Fisher MAcc program accepts applications from all majors. In addition to the application requirements, there are course prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to enrolling in the program each autumn if you are admitted.

A common question we receive is on the Fisher/Ohio State MAcc program’s  prerequisite courses. Check here for a complete listing of the Fisher MAcc application requirements, including course prerequisites.

Here’s a quick Q&A that will help you determine whether you are eligible to submit an application to the Fisher MAcc program:

1) Have you already completed all five courses or their equivalents at the time of application?

The five courses are

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting
If “yes,” you are eligible to apply. If “no,” please go to point #2 below.

2) Have you completed introductory financial accounting and introductory managerial accounting at time of application? If “no,” hold off on submitting your application and transcripts until you have completed both courses. If “yes,” you are eligible to apply. NOTE: If you are offered admission with having taken only those two courses at time of application, your admission will be “conditional.” If you are offered conditional admission, you will have the option of either i) taking the necessary prerequisites at any accredited four year university/college prior to Fisher MAcc enrollment in autumn 2013 or ii) enroll in the PreMAcc Seminar in late July 2013 to satisfy the conditions of your admission.

3) Are there any other (non-accounting) courses I should ensure I have on my transcript at time of application? Beyond the accounting courses described above, you need to ensure that you have completed at least one course in each of the following subjects at the time of application: i) microeconomics, ii) statistics, and iii) calculus. Additional courses that are helpful – but not necessary – to be completed by time of enrollment if you are admitted include i) auditing, ii)taxation, and iii) advanced accounting (covering consolidated statements, etc.).

A final note –> You do NOT need to complete the prerequisite courses at Ohio State. As long as you took (or take) the prerequisite courses at an accredited four year university, you’ll be OK.

If you have any questions, please contact us or leave a comment on this post!

These students successfully completed the 2012 PreMAcc Seminar in preparation of their enrollment in the Fisher MAcc program


2 Responses to “You say you didn’t major in accounting? Yes, you may be a successful candidate for this program”


  1. 1 Mengmeng Tong September 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I have one question: Do they accept grades of introductory financial accounting and introductory managerial accounting from an online college?

  2. 2 Rob September 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    The admissions committee will accept grades of introductory financial accounting and introductory managerial accounting from an online college as long as the college has (at least) one of the regional U.S. accreditation agencies. It doesn’t matter which one is the accrediting agency as long as its one of the six listed below.

    There are six geographic regions of the United States with an agency that accredits college and university higher education programs:

    The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
    Accreditation of colleges in the middle states region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico).

    The New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
    Accreditation of colleges in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont).

    The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
    Accreditation of colleges in the north central region (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming).

    The Northwest Association Of Schools And Colleges.
    Accreditation of colleges in the north west region (Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.)

    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
    Accreditation of colleges in the southern region (Alabama , Florida , Georgia , Kentucky , Louisiana , Mississippi , North Carolina , South Carolina , Tennessee , Texas , Virginia)

    The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
    Accreditation of colleges in the western region.

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