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

    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. International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

    NOTE: If you have earned or will earn a degree from a university outside of the United States, you are also required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation by an approved credential evaluator.  The Fisher MAcc program accepts course-by-course evaluations from either World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.  This process can take up to six weeks - take this into account when compiling your application materials.  The WES/ECE evaluation will not be accepted as a substitute for an official transcript even if WES/ECE has attached a scan of the transcript to its 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) only. There is NO minimum GMAT required to enter our program. GMAT scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken. For more information, we recommend that you look at our 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.

  • 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?

    Maximum words: 750


    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.)

    Maximum words: 250

  • 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 and microphone. 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 17, 2017* University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship deadline: Fellowship-eligible* applicants need to submit by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.
January 5, 2018 Financial aid priority deadline for domestic students.
May 12, 2018** Final application deadline for domestic students.**


November 17, 2017 Financial aid priority deadline for international students.
March 2, 2018 Final application deadline for international students.

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

** Qualified applications (domestic) received after the May 12 deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.