MAcc Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How can I make an appointment to speak with an advisor about the MAcc Program?

If you are interested in learning more about the MAcc Program, please send an e-mail stating your name, academic background, and contact information to An advisor will respond to your request with available meeting times.

When does the MAcc Program start?

The MAcc program begins in the fall semester. Limited exceptions may be made by the MAcc Admissions Committee to allow for other start terms.

How long is the MAcc Program?

A student's academic background will determine the length of their MAcc Program. Students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses can typically finish the program in two terms. Other students may take three to four terms to complete the program. For more information please visit our curriculum page.

How much does the MAcc Program cost?

Tuition rates are listed on our website and are based on the current year's tuition. Please note that tuition rates for subsequent years are subject to change. The MAcc Program offers merit-based scholarships to outstanding students. Each student is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

Applying to the Katz MAcc Program

What are the requirements for applying to the MAcc Program?

All applicants must be completing or have completed the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor's degree in any field of study. You may take prerequisite courses while completing graduate level courses. You do not need to complete all prerequisite courses before entering the MAcc Program.

Can I take prerequisite courses at a different university?

Prerequisite courses taken at all other institutions will be reviewed by Katz faculty to determine their equivalency to University of Pittsburgh courses. You will need to provide a syllabus and a course description for any courses for which a waiver is requested. The MAcc Program will accept Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting from a community college; however, all other prerequisite courses must be completed at a four-year accredited institution. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in a prerequisite course for the course to be waived.

Can I waive the GMAT/GRE?

The GMAT and GRE exams are waived for University of Pittsburgh branch campus and College of Business Administration (CBA) Accounting undergraduate students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 as well as a major GPA of 3.25. Branch campus and CBA Accounting majors must also have completed at least 90 credits before requesting a GMAT or GRE waiver. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams.

Can I take the GMAT/GRE after I have been accepted (conditional admission)?

No, we do not accept any applicants on a conditional basis.

Who may write my letters of recommendation?

Of the two letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee strongly prefers to read at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. However, if you have been out of school for some time, asking employers/supervisors to write your letters of recommendation will be sufficient.

Do I need work experience?

No, the MAcc Program does not require work experience. However, work experience is a way for your application to stand out from the others. Highlighting any work experience you have is encouraged.

Are certain parts of my application more important than others?

All parts of the MAcc application are important. The Admissions Committee will review your entire file, including reading application essays, letters of recommendation, GMAT scores, and your academic record. It is important to describe your skills, explain why you wish to complete an MAcc degree, and your career goals upon completion.


What is your GMAT/GRE requirement?

A satisfactory GMAT/GRE score is required to be admitted to the MAcc program. Most admitted students have scored between 600 and 700 on the GMAT.

What is your GPA requirement?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, however, most admitted students have GPAs of 3.2 or higher.

What is your TOEFL/IELTS requirement?

Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL with a score of 100 (iBT) or higher or the IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 or higher.

Housing and Student Life

Where can I find more information about housing for graduate students attending the University of Pittsburgh?

Off-Campus Living provides a wealth of resources regarding housing available near the University. The city of Pittsburgh's cost of living is very affordable and plenty of excellent housing is available in the charming and secure neighborhoods surrounding the University.

Where can I find more information about the city of Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is a city rich in history, cultural activities and sporting events. For more information, please visit