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 gain admission?

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 seven prerequisite courses but an accounting degree is not required. Students with non-accounting backgrounds will have the opportunity to pick up the majority of the prerequisites during our summer boot camp.

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 prerequisites and we will need final transcripts of any course you take before you can start the program but you do not need to have already finished the courses before you apply.

Do I have to take the GRE/GMAT?

GMAT or GRE score reports are required for all international candidates and strongly recommended for domestic candidates with a GPA below 3.25. We do accept both GMAT and GRE scores and show no preference to one score over the other.

You can complete and submit the online application form prior to your test date, but if upon review the committee requests a test score your application will be held until a score has been submitted.

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.

Are Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships available?

Everyone who applies to the program is automatically considered for merit scholarships and no separate application is required. Scholarships are based primarily on a candidate's previous academic and work experience.

In addition, to merit scholarships, the MAcc program does assign a limited number of Assistantships every year. These roles do not reduce your tuition in any way but are paid positions.

What additional application documents are required as an international candidate?

International candidates will be required to submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS exam. To receive full consideration candidates should score at least 100 on the TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS. Candidates that have completed at least four consecutive years of study in the US will not be required to submit an exam report.

So long as your international transcript can be delivered in English, we will not require a WES evaluation at the time you submit your application.

Do I need work experience to be considered for admission?

Work experience is not required for admission, but both professional experience and internships can certainly enhance your candidacy.

Which prerequisite classes are offered at William & Mary's summer boot camp?

We offer a Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I & II, Cost Accounting, Auditing and Introduction to U.S. Federal Tax in the summer boot camp.

All the boot camp 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.