What Qualifications do I need to apply?

All applicants must have the equivalent of an accredited United States bachelor's degree.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is required with a submitted GMAT score. In addition, all international applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement. Our TOEFL institutional code is 6874.

What are the application deadlines?

Admission is offered for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Fall and Summer Admission

Priority deadline is February 1, followed by rolling admission until the program is full.

Spring Admission

Priority deadline is October 1, followed by rolling admission until the program is full.

Do I have to be a Carlson School of Management student to apply?

No. We accept students from across the United States and from around the world. Many of our domestic students completed their undergraduate degrees at various universities around the U.S., but wish to begin their careers in Minnesota (many are originally from Minnesota).

Do I have to take the GMAT to apply?

Yes, a GMAT score taken with the past 5 years is required when submitting your application.  The GMAT requirement is waived for admitted Carlson School students.  We do not accept GRE scores as a substitute.

To find out more information regarding the GMAT, please visit their website.

What are the minimum required scores for the GMAT and GPA?

We do not have minimum GMAT scores and do not use formulas. Most admitted students score between 580-700.  We read and evaluate every aspect of your application. If you take the GMAT over to improve the score, we will consider the highest score. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission. Your work experience (for part-time applicants), essays, and professional recommendations are also very important in the admission decision, but our main concern is whether you will be able to experience academic success in our program.

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission?

Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website for minimum score requirements for the English language tests. 

I have sent my TOEFL and GMAT scores, but the online application system still shows that it has not been received yet.

To check the status of your TOEFL test scores, view the applicant copy of your online application.  Please note that it may take several days after you submit your online application for your official scores to be uploaded electronically and appear on your application.  Learn how to check if your TOEFL scores have been received.

For official GMAT scores, your online application may not update to show that we have received your scores.  Please note that if have not received your official GMAT scores, we will send you an email

When can the TOEFL be waived?

The requirement is generally waived for applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/15 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the U.S. or other English speaking country.  

Do you require an admissions interview?

Our admissions coordinator will invite eligible candidates to interview with the program director at the Carlson School of Management. If you live out of town, state or country, your interview can be conducted via phone or email. The admissions interview provides all eligible candidates an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the MAcc or the University of Minnesota.

What type of work experience does Admissions look for?

The MAcc program does not require work experience for admission. MAcc admits applicants directly from an undergraduate accounting or finance program or admits applicants who have earned the equivalent of an accounting or finance degree as a full-time student. MAcc also admits applicants as part-time students who typically have worked for a few years and obtained their CPA.

Are there provisional or conditional admissions?

No. The MAcc program does not make provisional or conditional provisions.

Can I transfer credits from my MBA degree to the MAcc program?

No, credits cannot be transferred to the MAcc program.

What types of financial aid are available?

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for loans and work-study opportunities by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  In addition, the University offers grants, scholarships, education benefits, and tuition waivers based on financial need and basic eligibility criteria through the FAFSA.  Visit One Stop for more information. 

MAcc students can apply for a paid winter or summer internship while enrolled. 

A limited number of MAcc scholarships are awarded each academic year. 

Are graduate assistantships and fellowships available?

The Accounting department provides graduate assistantships, scholarships, and an accounting tutor position for MAcc students.  Graduate assistantships and the accounting tutor position are awarded on a competitive basis each fall semester.  The assistantships and tutor position include a salary and tuition reduction.

Do you offer internships?

The MAcc program has opportunities for summer and winter internships in public accounting and in the private accounting industry.

International students are eligible to work in an internship after they been enrolled at a SEVIS school without a break in visa for one year.  If the MAcc program is the first SEVIS enrollment for a student, he or she would be eligible in the second year of the program to apply for internships

When are classes held?

Most classes in the MAcc program are held during the evening (including the three required courses).  Evening classes generally meet once a week – Monday through Thursday from 5:45 – 9:05 pm.  Some accounting electives have sections available during the day.

Can I attend the MAcc program as a part-time student?

Yes, students can attend the MAcc program on a full-time or part-time basis.  Many MAcc students work full-time and enroll in the program on a part-time basis.

Where is the Carlson School located? Is there transportation available?

The Carlson School of Management is located in Minneapolis at 321 – 19th Ave S on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota.  The West Bank is now a stop on the green light rail - connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.  For directions, visit the Carlson School’s directions.  For transportation information, visit UMN Parking and Transportation Services.  

Can I transfer from the MAcc to the MBA or MBT program?

Students cannot transfer to other programs without making separate applications to each program and meeting all of their admission requirements.