MAcc Admissions FAQ

Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often during the application process.

Do I have to be an accounting major to get in?

No. We are delighted to have students from both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds. We have admitted students with undergraduate degrees in Finance, Economics and general Business as well as students with degrees in Engineering, International Relations, Government, Religious Studies and Art History, among others. Everyone who enrolls must have had at least the eight prerequisite courses but an accounting degree is not required.

Do I have to take the prerequisite courses at W&M?

No. While we do offer six of the prereqs (Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I & II, Auditing, Cost Accounting and Introduction to US Taxation) each summer in our intensive "bootcamp" format, you do not have to complete the courses here. You do need to take them at an accredited institution but we do not demand that the institution be a four-year university or that you be pursuing a degree when you take them.

Do I need to have all of my prerequisite courses finished before I apply?

No. We need to know how you plan to complete the prereqs and we will need final transcripts of any course you take before you can start the program but you do not have to have already finished the courses before you apply.

Do I have to take the GMAT?

GMAT score reports are required for all international candidates and required for domestic candidates with a GPA below 3.25 from a U.S. accredited university.

Can I submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT?

We do accept the GRE instead of the GMAT.

Can I apply before I've taken the GMAT?

You can complete and submit the online application form before you take the test, but your application as a whole will not be considered complete until you have submitted GMAT test scores.

Do I need to fill out a separate application to be considered for merit scholarships?

No. You will have the opportunity to indicate that you are interested in being considered for merit aid on page 9 of the application. Simply check this box "yes" and we will automatically consider you for all available aid.

What is the application deadline?

For Fall 2017:

  • W&M Undergraduate Priority Deadline - November 1, 2016
  • Domestic Priority Deadline - December 1, 2016
  • Domestic & International Regular Deadline - February 1, 2017
  • After Regular Deadline - May 15 for non-accounting majors and July 15 for accounting majors as seats are available
How many international students do you have in the class?

Approximately 19% of our students come from overseas. We have had students from China,Korea, India, Russia, Turkey, Germany, the UK and several different countries in Africa and Eastern Europe. The majority of our international students come from China.

Do you give scholarships to international students?

Everyone who applies is considered for merit scholarships and no separate application is required. We do not give scholarship money based on need. However, please be advised that in no case will scholarships from the MAcc program pay for all tuition and fees: you should expect to pay a substantial portion of your tuition and fees, as well as all living expenses, even if you are awarded a scholarship.

Can I get work as a Graduate or Teaching Assistant?

The MAcc program does assign a limited number of Assistantships every year and international students are welcome to apply for these positions. These positions do not reduce your tuition in any way but do provide cash.

Do I need to submit an English exam? What are the minimum score requirements?

Yes, you need to provide current scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam. We hope to see scores of at least 106 on the TOEFL ibt and 7.5 on the IELTS exam.

Do I need to submit a WES evaluation?

We do not require a WES evaluation at the time you submit your application but will require one if you are accepted into the program.

I have studied in the US before, do I still need to complete an English exam?

If you have completed at least four consecutive years of study in the US, for example while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree here, then you do not need to submit an exam report. If you transferred into a US school and finished your degree there, then you need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

What are the minimum score requirements I need for each section of the exam?

We do not assign point minimums for any given section. However, while we understand that most non-native speakers score considerably higher on the written comprehension and listening comprehension sections of the exam than the oral section, we do expect to see a relatively even distribution of scores. That is, if you have a high score overall but a very low speaking score, we will take that into consideration.

My scores are lower than your minimum. Can I still get in?

The MAcc program at W&M is very rigorous. Those students whose native language is not English face an even higher hurdle. Because of this, it is highly unlikely that an applicant will be admitted into the program with scores below the minimum.

What are the application essays about?

We are interested in your motivation, background and talent. The essays address these issues. To see the specific questions, you will have to begin the application process.

I completed a graduate degree in the US but completed my undergraduate degree in a different country. Do I still need to submit an evaluation of my undergraduate transcripts?

Yes, we need a full set of transcripts for any study you have completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level.(You will need these transcripts if you decide to sit for the CPA exam too.)

Do I need work experience to get in?

Work experience, including internships, can have a positive impact on the learning experience. It is not required for admission to the program, but is viewed as a plus.

I did not study accounting or even business as an undergraduate. Can I take these courses at your college after I am admitted?

We offer a Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Auditing and Introduction to U.S. Federal Tax in the summer bootcamp.
All the bootcamp classes are fast-paced and require substantial work from the students. There is an additional charge for each class. None of the courses can be taken for MAcc program credit although all courses past the introductory Principles of Accounting class will help students complete the credits they need to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Virginia.

I only have a two-year degree. Does that still count?

You need to have completed the equivalent of 120 US course hours at the college level. That is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in the US system. Two year degrees are not sufficient for entry into the program nor are they sufficient to sit for the CPA exam in most states in the US.