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 record should demonstrate an ability to pursue graduate studies in the accounting field. In addition, applications 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 resources and thought to 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 core elements including:
Academic credentials and transcripts
ONE official transcript or record (degree certificate, provisional certificate, mark sheets) of all university academic course work is required for admission to The Ohio State University. Official transcripts are those provided in a sealed envelope by the institution attended. Alternatively, applicants may upload a copy of his/her official transcripts as part of his/her application. (See instructions included within online application for more information.)
Transcripts should include all work previously completed and work currently in progress. You should contact each institution you attended and request that one official transcript/record of all courses completed there be sent to our MAcc office. Separate transcripts must be submitted if you received any transfer credit from another university(ies).
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.
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):
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.
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):
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.
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.