Master of Accounting
Applying to Fisher

Our admissions team frequently receives questions about what they are looking for in a prospective MAcc student. You'll find the answers to some of the more common questions below:

  • Undergrad

    Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in accounting to apply to your program?

    No, all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply. In addition to accounting majors, the Fisher MAcc program admits both business and non-business students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including - but not limited to - economics, communications, psychology, and political science.

  • Experience

    Do I need to have work experience to apply to your program?

    You are not required to have post undergraduate degree work experience for successful application to this program. Most (90+%) students admitted into the program have less than one year of work experience.

  • Prerequisites

    Are there prerequisite courses that I need to apply to your program?

    Yes, there are five prerequisite courses.

    • Introductory Financial Accounting
    • Introductory Managerial Accounting
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
    • Intermediate Managerial Cost Accounting

    You must complete both Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting by the time you submit your application as evidenced on the transcripts you submit with your application. Students may be conditionally admitted to the program without Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II and Intermediate Managerial Cost Accounting, but must submit proof of completion for these courses in order to enroll into the program, or can opt to enroll in the Pre-MAcc Seminar which is held each summer prior to the start of the fall term.

Application Requirements

Applicants to 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, including completion of pre-requisite requirements

Our application process varies slightly for domestic and international applicants but in general requires similar elements including:

  • Academic Transcripts

    One of the requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment if admitted. The Ohio State University generally does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree. Review this link to determine if you meet the degree requirements for The Ohio State University. Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions directly for additional guidance.

    You must provide official transcripts from each undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) institution where you earned academic credit. Each transcript should include all coursework previously completed, as well as coursework currently in progress. You must provide official transcripts for each institution if credits were earned abroad or were transferred between universities. For example, if one (or more) courses were completed abroad or at a different institution, you would submit separate official transcripts from each institution where credit was earned. (Exception: Do not submit transcripts from Ohio State if you have already graduated from or will graduate from The Ohio State University).

    In cases where examination results or grades are not issued, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions for additional guidance.


    The Fisher Admissions Committee will review scanned copies of official transcripts uploaded in your application for evaluation purposes. Upload only scanned images of official paper transcripts (both front and back side) issued to you by your institution's registrar. Otherwise, order a verified electronic version of an official transcript from the issuing institutiFon to be sent directly to If your institution does not provide verified electronic transcripts, you may order them directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts mailed to Ohio State must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

    Failure to follow these directions completely will result in a delay of your application being processed and reviewed by the admissions committee.


    • International transcript documents should include official educational records listing all courses and grades, the grading system used, and graduation certificates or diplomas (if applicable).
    • All documents should be submitted in their original language, along with English language translations that follow the format of the original documents. English translations must be certified by the issuing institution or a certified translator. Student-made translations are not accepted.
    • If your university retains the only official copy of your transcript, a duplicate copy certified by an officer of the university is acceptable.
    • If your bachelor’s degree was completed outside of the U.S., you will also need to submit a ECE / WES evaluation of all your college-level coursework. Select course-by-course evaluation. Applicants may upload a copy of these evaluations in their application.

      • Submission of the ECE/WES course by course evaluation described here does not replace the requirement to submit official transcripts. If your degree was (or will be) completed outside of the U.S., you must do both: submit transcripts and submit ECE/WES course by course evaluation.

  • Prerequisites

    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.

    Students must complete five prerequisite accounting courses to complete the MAcc program. If you have not completed all five in your prior coursework, Fisher offers options to complete a portion of these courses through our Pre-Macc and MAcc programs.

    You must have completed Principles of Financial Accounting and Principles of Managerial Accounting in order to be reviewed for admission to the MAcc program.

    Options to Complete required Prerequisite Coursework:

    Complete in Prior Coursework Complete in Fisher's Pre-MAcc Program Complete in the MAcc Program
    Principles of Financial Accounting Yes
    Principles of Managerial Accounting Yes
    Intermediate Financial Accounting I Yes Yes
    Intermediate Financial Accounting II Yes Yes
    Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting Yes Yes

    In addition to the above prerequisites, the MAcc program strongly recommends evidence of coursework in microeconomics, statistics and calculus.

  • Test Scores


    All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There is NO minimum GMAT or a GRE required to enter our program. GMAT and a GRE scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken. For more information, review the most recent class profile for an idea of what the class averages look like.


    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), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Click here for additional information on English proficiency requirements and exemptions.

    Chinese and Iranian applicants only: The Graduate School will now temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between May 1 and Sept 1, 2020. The Duolingo English Test is an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants (the minimum score for admission is 105, and 135 for exemption from ESL upon arrival).

  • Resume

    This is your opportunity to showcase your employment history, extracurricular and/or community activities, language skills, and military record, if applicable.

    Resumes can be longer than one page to account for additional details about your school and work history, accomplishments, awards, community or professional organizations or other information that would be relevant for the Admissions Committee.

  • Essay

    You are required to submit an essay when applying to the program. This is an opportunity to present yourself to the admissions committee in a meaningful, in-depth way. We encourage you to invest time in your essay, be genuine, and include examples with the points you make.


    Why do you wish to earn a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree? Why do you wish to earn an MAcc from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MAcc program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?


    Use this opportunity to address any weaknesses in your application that may be of concern to the admissions committee. If you are applying without an academic major/background in accounting, you can list what you have done to prepare yourself academically for this program. (Note: you can reference the specific accounting, economics, mathematics, and statistics courses you have completed to date and, if applicable, are currently scheduled to take.)

  • Letters of Recommendation

    You are required to submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation that can speak to your potential to be successful in the program. 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.

    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. We recommend at least two of your letters of reference be from academic sources.

  • Video Interview

    Each applicant will be required to complete an online assessment comprised of video questions. Since live interviews are by invitation only, the video interview is a way for us to virtually meet you and get a sense of your personality and potential beyond what you've included in your application.

    You’ll receive an email invitation to the video interview shortly after submitting your application.


    The process is simple - you will be asked a question, given prep time, and a set amount of time to respond. It should only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be done on your own time.


    You will require an internet connected computer with a functioning webcam,  microphone, and keyboard. The system allows for unlimited practice sessions but once you start the formal interview questions you only get one chance - this allows us to see your candid responses.

  • Application Fee

    The nonrefundable 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.

Application Deadlines

We process applications and make financial aid decisions on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate complete applications as they are submitted to our program rather than waiting until the deadline(s) to begin the review process. Applicants should receive an admission decision from the MAcc program within four weeks of the deadline as long as all application information is received by the stated deadlines below. Applications for the MAcc program are accepted for Autumn term only.


1. CLASS SIZE: Fisher intentionally limits its incoming class sizes, so we encourage you to apply early if you decide that the Fisher MAcc program is right for you.

2. FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid is awarded on a merit basis and funds are limited. Please apply early to ensure full consideration, especially if your attendance is dependent on financial aid.

3. INTEREST: Applying early to Ohio State is a good signal that you place a priority on attending our MAcc program. A strong interest in enrollment at Ohio State is highly valued by our admissions team.


November 15, 2019*

University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship deadline: Fellowship-eligible* applicants must submit their applications by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.

January 3, 2020

Financial aid priority deadline.
May 1, 2020** Final application deadline for international students. (E-mail us if you apply after May 1 so we can work with you directly.) 
Extended to June 30, 2020 Final application deadline for domestic students. 
Due to COVID-19, you now have until June 30, 2020, to submit your application and until July 15, 2020, to complete it. (E-mail us if you wish to apply after June 30 but before July 15.) 

* Fellowship eligibility. Click here to view the basic requirements, then watch our University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship pre-recorded webinars.

** Qualified applications received after the final deadlines may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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