Total Credit Hours: 30

 

The Langdale College of Business Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) program is a full-time, one-year program.  Admission is competitive and based on space availability.   Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.  Our MAcc program prepares graduates for careers in: Public Accounting, Financial Services, Government and non-profit, Corporate Finance.

Students study accounting in greater depth than is typically provided in an undergraduate accounting program or MBA program with a concentration in accounting.  The objectives of the MAcc program include developing sound technical accounting, analytical, communication, and technology skills that are required to succeed in the accounting profession.

Students graduate from the MAcc program having fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Georgia.

An additional characteristic that sets the Langdale College of Business MAcc program apart from many of its peers is the personal attention given to each student’s learning needs.  Enrollments are managed to assure small class sizes so that students have significant opportunities to interact with each professor and their peers.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Ellis Heath, email: ebheath@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5241

Department of Accounting Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

*For Spring 22 admission, applicants will NOT be required to submit GMAT scores. Admission for these applicants will be determined solely on their GPA and full-time professional experience. However, if an applicant wishes to submit an official standardized test score to Valdosta State University, they can and that score will be considered for their admission. Admissions decisions made prior to this statement being issued are still valid; this policy is not retroactive and waivers for future semesters are not guaranteed.

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required for admission, but each MAcc course has one or more prerequisites. Applicants without an undergraduate accounting degree must complete certain VSU courses (see Important Program Information section for a list of the courses) with a grade of “C” or better, or complete equivalent courses at an AACSB-accredited school of business. 
  • Applicants must receive a minimum of 950 points on the College of Business Administration Admission Formula (see Important Program Information to view the Formula)
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.50 on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

Graduate Management Admission Examination (GMAT)

  • Minimum GMAT requirement: 400
  • Please refer to the admissions formula listed in Important Program Information.
  • Please note: the GMAT may be waived for applicants with an accounting bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited institution whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.0.

 Resume

  • This document may be uploaded in the application checklist as .doc or PDF document  (or emailed to gradschool@valdosta.edu).

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the MAcc program, if not completed in conjunction with the undergraduate degree.  All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:
Prerequisite Courses
VSU Course Number
Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3201
Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 3202
External Reporting*
ACCT 3203
Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4410
Individual Income Tax
ACCT 4500
Auditing
ACCT 4800
*Intermediate Accounting III
 
  • To meet minimum requirements for admission, applicants must attain a minimum of 950 points on the College of Business Administration Graduate Admission Formula (see chart), while meeting both the minimum grade-point average requirement and test score requirement.

Total Points = GMAT score + (200 x GPA)        

  • Applicants who receive a score of 1100 on the admissions formula will be automatically accepted.
  • Those who receive a score of 950-1099 will go into the applicant pool and be ranked.  After automatic acceptances (1100 or higher) have been confirmed, applicants will be selected from the pool up to the program limit.
  • The MAcc program is a full-time, one-year program.  It consists of six accounting courses and four student-chosen electives.  Upon completion of the program, graduates who also hold an undergraduate accounting degree will have fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Georgia.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam - The TOEFL exam is required for applicants whose first language is not English based on country of citizenship.  International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL exam. – The minimum TOEFL scores for the MBA program are as follows:
    • Paper-based Test: 523
    • Computer-based Test: 193
    • Internet-based Test: 70
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Regular Status only (no Probationary or Irregular Admission)
  • In certain cases, non-degree or transient status may be approved for applicants who have already completed almost all of the 150 semester credit hours (SCH) necessary to sit for the Georgia CPA exam (e.g, an applicant has 130 SCH and needs to complete 20 more).  Applicants who wish to take courses but do not wish to pursue the degree must seek departmental approval before applying and must meet the minimum criteria for admission (full admissions requirements and documentation thereof must be submitted). 
  • Under certain conditions, undergraduate students may be allowed by the VSU Graduate School (at the recommendation of his or her advisor) to take up to nine semester credit hours of graduate coursework over the course of two semesters (a maximum of 6 hours can be taken in any one semester).  Students must hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and be in their final two semesters of undergraduate work.  Please contact the Graduate School for further information. 

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Ellis Heath, email: ebheath@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5241.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. All requirements for the MAcc degree must be completed within the seven-year period beginning with the student’s first term of enrollment in a graduate course (i.e., a 7000 level course).

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. If transferred from an AACSB-accredited graduate business program, up to six semester hours of graduate business courses may be counted toward the requirements for the MAcc degree at Valdosta State University. Students wishing to transfer credit must request and receive permission to do so from the Director before beginning the program. This credit must be documented in the form of an official transcript at the time of admission. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admssion unless otherwise approvd by the program.
  2. Policy provides for automatic dismissal if a student accumulates 3 or more deficiency points based on the following scale:
    A = 0,
    B = 0,
    C = 1,
    D = 2
    WF or F = 3, 
    U = 2
    A student may appeal the dismissal decision within 30 business days of grades being posted on the VSU Banner system.  The form for appeals is available on the VSU Graduate School website.  Graduate students who wish to appeal a dismissal must first discuss the issue with their professor.  Further appeals are then directed, in order, to the professor's department head, the director of the MAcc program, the dean of the Langdale College, the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.
  3. Any student who receives two or more grades below a B will be subject to review for continuation in the MAcc program.
  4. No grade below a C will be credited toward a graduate degree.
  5. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. All requirements for the MAcc degree must be completed within the seven-year period beginning with the student’s first term of enrollment in a graduate course (i.e., a 7000-level course).
  6. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  7. Students dismissed from the program will not be readmitted.

Total Credit Hours: 30

 

The Langdale College of Business Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) program is a full-time, one-year program.  Admission is competitive and based on space availability.   Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.  Our MAcc program prepares graduates for careers in: Public Accounting, Financial Services, Government and non-profit, Corporate Finance.

Students study accounting in greater depth than is typically provided in an undergraduate accounting program or MBA program with a concentration in accounting.  The objectives of the MAcc program include developing sound technical accounting, analytical, communication, and technology skills that are required to succeed in the accounting profession.

Students graduate from the MAcc program having fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Georgia.

An additional characteristic that sets the Langdale College of Business MAcc program apart from many of its peers is the personal attention given to each student’s learning needs.  Enrollments are managed to assure small class sizes so that students have significant opportunities to interact with each professor and their peers.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Ellis Heath, email: ebheath@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5241

Department of Accounting Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

*For Spring 22 admission, applicants will NOT be required to submit GMAT scores. Admission for these applicants will be determined solely on their GPA and full-time professional experience. However, if an applicant wishes to submit an official standardized test score to Valdosta State University, they can and that score will be considered for their admission. Admissions decisions made prior to this statement being issued are still valid; this policy is not retroactive and waivers for future semesters are not guaranteed.

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required for admission, but each MAcc course has one or more prerequisites. Applicants without an undergraduate accounting degree must complete certain VSU courses (see Important Program Information section for a list of the courses) with a grade of “C” or better, or complete equivalent courses at an AACSB-accredited school of business. 
  • Applicants must receive a minimum of 950 points on the College of Business Administration Admission Formula (see Important Program Information to view the Formula)
  • A minimum grade-point average of 2.50 on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

Graduate Management Admission Examination (GMAT)

  • Minimum GMAT requirement: 400
  • Please refer to the admissions formula listed in Important Program Information.
  • Please note: the GMAT may be waived for applicants with an accounting bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited institution whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.0.

 Resume

  • This document may be uploaded in the application checklist as .doc or PDF document  (or emailed to gradschool@valdosta.edu).

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence 

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the MAcc program, if not completed in conjunction with the undergraduate degree.  All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:
Prerequisite Courses
VSU Course Number
Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3201
Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 3202
External Reporting*
ACCT 3203
Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4410
Individual Income Tax
ACCT 4500
Auditing
ACCT 4800
*Intermediate Accounting III
 
  • To meet minimum requirements for admission, applicants must attain a minimum of 950 points on the College of Business Administration Graduate Admission Formula (see chart), while meeting both the minimum grade-point average requirement and test score requirement.

Total Points = GMAT score + (200 x GPA)        

  • Applicants who receive a score of 1100 on the admissions formula will be automatically accepted.
  • Those who receive a score of 950-1099 will go into the applicant pool and be ranked.  After automatic acceptances (1100 or higher) have been confirmed, applicants will be selected from the pool up to the program limit.
  • The MAcc program is a full-time, one-year program.  It consists of six accounting courses and four student-chosen electives.  Upon completion of the program, graduates who also hold an undergraduate accounting degree will have fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Georgia.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam - The TOEFL exam is required for applicants whose first language is not English based on country of citizenship.  International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL exam. – The minimum TOEFL scores for the MBA program are as follows:
    • Paper-based Test: 523
    • Computer-based Test: 193
    • Internet-based Test: 70
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Regular Status only (no Probationary or Irregular Admission)
  • In certain cases, non-degree or transient status may be approved for applicants who have already completed almost all of the 150 semester credit hours (SCH) necessary to sit for the Georgia CPA exam (e.g, an applicant has 130 SCH and needs to complete 20 more).  Applicants who wish to take courses but do not wish to pursue the degree must seek departmental approval before applying and must meet the minimum criteria for admission (full admissions requirements and documentation thereof must be submitted). 
  • Under certain conditions, undergraduate students may be allowed by the VSU Graduate School (at the recommendation of his or her advisor) to take up to nine semester credit hours of graduate coursework over the course of two semesters (a maximum of 6 hours can be taken in any one semester).  Students must hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and be in their final two semesters of undergraduate work.  Please contact the Graduate School for further information. 

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Ellis Heath, email: ebheath@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5241.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. All requirements for the MAcc degree must be completed within the seven-year period beginning with the student’s first term of enrollment in a graduate course (i.e., a 7000 level course).

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. If transferred from an AACSB-accredited graduate business program, up to six semester hours of graduate business courses may be counted toward the requirements for the MAcc degree at Valdosta State University. Students wishing to transfer credit must request and receive permission to do so from the Director before beginning the program. This credit must be documented in the form of an official transcript at the time of admission. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admssion unless otherwise approvd by the program.
  2. Policy provides for automatic dismissal if a student accumulates 3 or more deficiency points based on the following scale:
    A = 0,
    B = 0,
    C = 1,
    D = 2
    WF or F = 3, 
    U = 2
    A student may appeal the dismissal decision within 30 business days of grades being posted on the VSU Banner system.  The form for appeals is available on the VSU Graduate School website.  Graduate students who wish to appeal a dismissal must first discuss the issue with their professor.  Further appeals are then directed, in order, to the professor's department head, the director of the MAcc program, the dean of the Langdale College, the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.
  3. Any student who receives two or more grades below a B will be subject to review for continuation in the MAcc program.
  4. No grade below a C will be credited toward a graduate degree.
  5. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years. All requirements for the MAcc degree must be completed within the seven-year period beginning with the student’s first term of enrollment in a graduate course (i.e., a 7000-level course).
  6. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  7. Students dismissed from the program will not be readmitted.