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Admission Process

Photo of students studying in open spaceThank you for your interest in the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system. Do NOT send paper or fax copies of your application material to the MAcc program office as it will cause delays in your application process. All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit offical transcript or academic records if you are admitted.

Admission decisions are communicated to applicants through the online application system.

Application Deadlines

Admission is offered only for fall and spring semesters.

  • International applicants
    • Fall admission: February 28
    • Spring admission: September 30
  • Domestic applicants
    • Fall admission: March 31
    • Spring admission: October 15

Admission Decision

The Admission Committee reviews applications. A student’s academic record, letters of recommendation, and the interview with the program director are factors in the admission decision. After making a decision on an application, the Graduate School office notifies the applicant through the online application system. The entire review process takes about 4–6 weeks.

MAcc Application Checklist

Your application process is complete when you have submitted the following items:

  • Graduate School Online Application form
  • Transcripts (unnofficial copy uploaded to online application)
  • GMAT scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB scores
  • Application fee

Graduate School Online Application Form

Complete the Graduate School's online application form. The MAcc program requires students to submit essays for statements #1 and #2 (not to exceed one page per essay). Additional Application Information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Application Fee

Submit electronically via the online application. More information about the application fee is found on the Graduate School's website.

Transcripts and Credentials

You must list on your online application each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit. You must also submit unofficial transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts.

Unofficial Transcripts

Transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not send paper or fax copies of this material to the MAcc program office because it will cause delays in your application processing. All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted.

Visit Uploading your Transcript for detailed instructions.


If you have been previously enrolled at the University of Minnesota (any campus), you can get electronic copies of your transcripts from One Stop student services.

Official Transcripts

All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted. These must be submitted before you register and enroll at the University of Minnesota. If you have attended universities that issue official transcripts on request, you must have these materials sent to the Graduate School Admissions Office directly from the institution. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation should be attached if the transcript is not in English.

The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.


The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is generally required when applying to the MAcc program. The GMAT must have been taken within five years of the application. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not an acceptable alternative to the GMAT.

Waiver: Students who have been admitted to and complete their undergraduate degree at the Carlson School are not required to submit a GMAT score with their application.

Please request that your GMAT results be sent to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Master of Accountancy program at the Carlson School of Management. Results will automatically be made available to the MAcc program 10-15 days from your request. We cannot accept your copy of the GMAT score.

For details on how to make an appointment to take the GMAT or to request submission of your GMAT scores to the MAcc office, visit the GMAT. The University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education (CCE) offers GMAT preparation courses through classroom-based instruction or self-directed online instruction. For more information, call (612) 624-4000 or visit U of M Grad School Test Prep.


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from persons qualified to evaluate your most recent work and potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation should be submitted online by your recommenders. Follow the instructions on the

U of M Graduate School Application Information page. We no longer accept recommendation letters mailed or faxed to our office.

English Language Requirements – International Applicants

A TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS test is required of most international applicants whose native language is not English. For more information, see English language requirements.

To learn how to check if your TOEFL scores have been received click here.

Our TOEFL institutional code is 6874.

Official IELTS scores should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admissions, 309 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant Ave S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.



After your application has been evaluated and a decision is made to recommend you to the last stage of the admission process, you will be contacted by the MAcc program office to schedule an in-person interview with the program director. If you are not a Twin Cities resident, a telephone interview is acceptable. If you are an international student residing outside of this country, an interview will be completed via email.

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