Frequently Asked Questions
The Master of Accountancy program is designed to empower students to achieve a successful career in accounting. This accelerated program consists of ten advanced accounting and business courses for a total of 30 credits to complete the program. This includes a required core of five accounting courses (15 credits) and five elective courses (15 credits, at least one of which must be an accounting course at the graduate level). For students who want to specialize their degree, students may opt to pursue a three-course track in tax or data analytics.
The MAcc program is available wherever you are. Our program is offered completely online. Courses include weekly synchronous sessions, which are recorded. There is no residency requirement.
All MAcc courses are offered consecutively in accelerated eight-week sessions. Courses are offered back-to-back, and you will take one or two courses at a time, depending on how quickly you wish to complete the program. Live-online weekly synchronous sessions are held throughout the program at the discretion of the instructor.
Online course materials are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The program may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. This online program is ideal for working professionals because it is offered in a flexible online format, although work experience is not required for admission to the program.
The program can be completed in as little as one calendar year of full-time study. If you prefer a slower pace, you can speak with your advisor about a plan for completion on a part-time basis.
The MAcc program has three start dates throughout the year. You can start the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.
Successful candidates generally have a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA (overall and in accounting). The GMAT/GRE is optional and is encouraged for candidates who wish to strengthen their credentials for admission with a 520 minimum on the GMAT (including scoring at the 30th percentile or above on both the quantitative and verbal sections and at least a 4 on the Analytical Writing Assessment section) or the equivalent GRE scores.
- Online Application Form
- Application fee ($50)
- Official Transcripts
- Professional Resume
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Professional Statement
- GMAT or GRE Scores (optional)
- TOEFL (90+)/IELTS (7.0+) Scores- required for all International Students
Admission to the program is competitive. As such, students should consider retaking the GMAT to achieve the most competitive score possible. We take a holistic approach to the application review and look at all aspects of your application, including GPA, GMAT score, work experience and recommendation letters to facilitate a well-rounded, unbiased decision. As an alternative to the GMAT, you can consider taking the GRE, which may be better aligned with your strengths.
Outstanding Stetson undergraduate accounting majors will be granted automatic, conditional* admission to the Master of Accountancy program if they present the following credentials:
- Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above (as of no earlier than the final semester of enrollment)
- Accounting major cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above (as of no earlier than the final semester of enrollment)
* - conditional on completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a major in accounting
Students must complete the Master of Accountancy application and present official transcripts but will NOT be required to do the following:
- Pay an application fee
- Provide letters of recommendation
- Provide a resume
- Provide a personal statement
Generally, accounting and business foundation courses are completed prior to entry into the program and must be completed prior to completion of the program. Certain accounting and business foundation courses are prerequisites for advanced courses and must be completed before enrolling in the advanced course.
It is not a requirement, but you must have met the foundation requirements in business and accounting courses.
You must take the foundation courses at a regionally-accredited school either through regular courses, distance learning courses or online courses. Stetson University offers a post-baccalaureate program to complete the missing foundation requirements.
Courses completed in the MAcc program, coupled with your accounting and foundation courses, will typically allow you to meet the CPA educational requirements in most states. To become certified, you must pass the CPA exam and in many states also meet an experience requirement. The MAcc program can be helpful in preparing you to take the CPA exam.
Once your application for admission and all of the required supplemental materials have been received, you should receive notification within approximately two weeks.
You may transfer up to six credit hours of coursework completed at an AACSB-accredited university before admission to the program. The earned grade must be a B (not B-) or better to be eligible for transfer. The coursework cannot be transferred from a previously completed graduate degree program. Transfer credit is subject to review and approval by the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program.
Financial aid information may be found online at the Stetson University Office of Student Financial Aid, by emailing the office at [email protected] or by calling 386-822-7120 or 800-688-7120. You should also check with your employer to learn if tuition reimbursement benefits are offered. If you plan on utilizing your company's tuition reimbursement plan, please notify us so that we may better facilitate that process. Florida residents may also qualify for a Florida Board of Accountancy Clay Ford Minority Scholarship or an FICPA scholarship (applications are submitted directly to the funding source and not through Stetson).
The application for admission can be submitted online.
Certain supplemental materials (e.g., transcripts and GMAT/GRE/TOEFL scores) should be sent directly to Stetson University’s Graduate Admissions office from the originating institution or testing center; other materials (e.g., essay, recommendations, resume) are submitted electronically during the application process. Your graduate admissions recruiter can help answer any questions about the admissions process and can assist with documents.
All graduate students working toward a degree offered by the School of Business Administration are required to have a laptop or desktop computer, running either MacOS or Windows, that is equipped with internet access connectivity, a webcam, and capable of running the latest updated version of one of the following web browsers:
- Microsoft Edge
- Mobile Safari
For online courses, students may use a laptop or desktop that is equipped with a webcam and internet access.
In-person courses require a laptop equipped with a webcam and Wi-Fi connectivity. Students may be required to bring their laptops to the classroom as needed by the instructors of the courses.