MAcc Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAcc is only possible AFTER the student is admitted to VSU's Graduate School.  Application deadlines are on the VSU Graduate School website.  The VSU Graduate School has a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  For an applicant whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required and considered. For any applicant who has attended a university overseas, the VSU Graduate School requires a transcript evaluation. The VSU Graduate School allows a maximum of six semester credit hours (SCHs) to be transferred from another school.  All applicants must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).   GMAT and TOEFL (if applicable) tests must be dated within the last two years ending with the application deadline date specified on the VSU Graduate School webpage.

In assessing an applicant’s likelihood of successfully completing the MAcc program, the MAcc Director evaluates the entire application packet, including GMAT scores (on the test and on the analytical writing assessment), the undergraduate grade point average, and whether the undergraduate school is AACSB accredited. In addition to the VSU application, the applicant should also include a resume.

An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required for admission, but each MAcc course has one or more prerequisites.  An applicant without an undergraduate degree in accounting must complete the VSU courses below with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent courses taken at an AACSB accredited school of business.  All applicants must have completed ACCT 3203 – External Reporting or its equivalent.

ACCT 3201 – Intermediate Accounting I

ACCT 3202 – Intermediate Accounting II

ACCT 3203 – External Reporting

ACCT 4410 – Accounting Information Systems

ACCT 4500 – Individual Income Tax

ACCT 4800 – Auditing


The admission formula is stated below:

  • A minimum GMAT score of 400 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5.
  • Automatic acceptance for applicants with a GPA and GMAT formula score (GPA X 200 + GMAT) equal to or greater than 1100.
  • Undergraduate GPA X 200 + GMAT score must be equal to or greater than 950.  These applications will go into an applicant pool and be ranked.  After automatic acceptances have been confirmed, applicants will be selected from the pool up to the program limit.

Under certain conditions, undergraduate students are allowed by the VSU Graduate School to take up to nine SCHs for graduate credit without being admitted to the Graduate School. (See ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS, 4. Irregular) This will allow a transition period for on-campus students who are in the “bridge” semester, i.e., finishing their undergraduate degree but who want to begin to take MAcc classes.  These students must be admitted to the VSU Graduate School and the MAcc program to take more than nine SCHs.