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Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Accountancy degree; this degree is designed to allow students to acquire the additional mastery of accounting knowledge that is desired by many employers. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have satisfied all educational requirements for the CPA license in the state of Georgia. A CPA certificate is an essential element for a career in public accounting and is highly beneficial in other accounting areas.

Application Deadline

Fall-August 1
Spring-December 1
Summer-April 15
Note: All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline. If program capacity is met prior to established admission deadlines, we will stop accepting applications for admission and cancel remaining incomplete applicants. Completing your application earlier is better.

Quick Facts

Gainesville campus
Program start fall, spring, or summer
Part-time and full-time options
30 hour program completed in 1 year with full-time option
Evening classes offered for working professionals
Possible GMAT/GRE waiver

Program Questions?

Steven M. Kronenberg
Mike Cottrell College of Business
Director of Graduate Programs
steven.kronenberg@ung.edu
(470) 239-3123

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
    • Applicants without a degree in Accounting will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher, prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants from institutions without separate business accreditations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Required Minimum Grade Point Average: 2.5 or above for all upper-division courses and 3.0 or above in all accounting courses.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) of not less than 500 or an official score on the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE) of not less than 295, verbal and quantitative combined. Only GMAT or GRE scores less than six years old will be considered. 
  • Applicants may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of
    • an advanced degree, Master’s, Doctorate, in any field from a regionally accredited institution
    • an accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation)
    • 3 years of accounting work experience as evidenced by submitted resume
  • Required Supplemental Documents 
    • Letter of Interest
    • Professional Resume
    • 2 professional recommendation letters from a professor or employer

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

3 hours each - for applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution (Must earn grade of “C” or higher):

  • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 3310 Intermediate I
  • ACCT 3320 Intermediate II
  • ACCT 4310 Intermediate III
  • ACCT 4360 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3350 Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCT 4330 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4380 Auditing
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 3440 Principles of Finance
  • MKTG 3700 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 3661 Fundamentals of Management
  • BUSA 2810 Legal Environment of Business
  • MATH 2400 Elementary Statistics

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of an advanced degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution an accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation), or 3 years of accounting work experience as evidenced by submitted resume.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

An applicant interested in taking graduate courses in accounting, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
    • Applicants without a degree in Accounting will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher, prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants from institutions without separate business accreditations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the Mike Cottrell College of Business Director of Graduate Programs before enrolling in courses.
  • Required Minimum Grade Point Average: 2.5 or above for all upper-division courses and 3.0 or above in all accounting courses.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) of not less than 500 or an official score on the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE) of not less than 295, verbal and quantitative combined. Only GMAT or GRE scores less than six years old will be considered. 
  • Applicants may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of
    • an advanced degree, Master’s, Doctorate, in any field from a regionally accredited institution
    • an accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation)
    • 3 years of accounting work experience as evidenced by submitted resume
  • Required Supplemental Documents 
    • Letter of Interest
    • Professional Resume
    • 2 professional recommendation letters from a professor or employer

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

3 hours each - for applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution (Must earn grade of “C” or higher):

  • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 3310 Intermediate I
  • ACCT 3320 Intermediate II
  • ACCT 4310 Intermediate III
  • ACCT 4360 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3350 Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCT 4330 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4380 Auditing
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 3440 Principles of Finance
  • MKTG 3700 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 3661 Fundamentals of Management
  • BUSA 2810 Legal Environment of Business
  • MATH 2400 Elementary Statistics

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of an advanced degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution an accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation), or 3 years of accounting work experience as evidenced by submitted resume.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Transient

Requirements

An individual currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in an AACSB accredited MAcc program in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the Mike Cottrell College of Business Director of Graduate Programs before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level, in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
    • Applicants without a degree in Accounting will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher, prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants from institutions without separate business accreditations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

3 hours each - for applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution (Must earn grade of “C” or higher):

  • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 3310 Intermediate I
  • ACCT 3320 Intermediate II
  • ACCT 4310 Intermediate III
  • ACCT 4360 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3350 Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCT 4330 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4380 Auditing
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 3440 Principles of Finance
  • MKTG 3700 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 3661 Fundamentals of Management
  • BUSA 2810 Legal Environment of Business
  • MATH 2400 Elementary Statistics

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester. International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking and enrolled in a full-time program.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
    • Applicants without a degree in Accounting will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher, prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants from institutions without separate business accreditations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Required Minimum Grade Point Average: 2.5 or above for all upper-division courses and 3.0 or above in all accounting courses.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) of not less than 500 or an official score on the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE) of not less than 295, verbal and quantitative combined. Only GMAT or GRE scores less than six years old will be considered. 
  • Applicants may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of
    • an advanced degree, Master’s, Doctorate, in any field from a regionally accredited institution
    • an accounting professional certification (e.g. CPA, CFE, CIA, CMA, CFP or similar designation)
    • 3 years of accounting work experience as evidenced by submitted resume
  • Required Supplemental Documents 
    • Letter of Interest
    • Professional Resume
    • 2 professional recommendation letters from a professor or employer

Applying to UNG

Pre-Requisite Courses

3 hours each - for applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution (Must earn grade of “C” or higher):

  • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 3310 Intermediate I
  • ACCT 3320 Intermediate II
  • ACCT 4310 Intermediate III
  • ACCT 4360 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3350 Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCT 4330 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4380 Auditing
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 3440 Principles of Finance
  • MKTG 3700 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 3661 Fundamentals of Management
  • BUSA 2810 Legal Environment of Business
  • MATH 2400 Elementary Statistics

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. 
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

English proficiency is proven as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if applicant's native language is not English.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date.
  • Required minimum scores:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • TOEFL computer based test - 213
    • TOEFL paper based test - 550
    • IELTS - 6.5

      -or-
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the primary language.
Submit Official GRE score report. University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

The following are required if accepted, or if applying within five months of the start of the term.

Financial Affidavit

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for the course of study.

  • Download and complete the Financial Affidavit. You may email the completed form to grads@ung.edu.
  • Sources of financial support in the form of a bank issued letter or bank statement verifying that the applicant has a sum of at least $48,500 USD for the first academic year, exclusive of travel expenses, are required. You may email an original bank issued letter or bank statement to grads@ung.edu
  • Sources of financial support should equal what is reported in your Financial Affidavit.
  • All banking information must be in English. Certified bank letters are preferred. If submitting a bank statement, only official bank statements will be accepted. We are unable to accept a printout of online banking transaction history, online account summaries or online statements.
  • Check exchange rates at www.x-rates.com/calculator.
Visa Documents

All international applicants, please submit copies of:

If you are currently residing in the United States, please submit copies of:

  • Visa/I-94 (front and back)
  • I-20
  • Passport
Student Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Center for Global Engagement's (CGE) website for additional information.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

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