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Frequently Asked Questions

Today's exceedingly competitive global business environment elevates the importance of education, and a graduate degree is becoming more essential to career success than ever before. A graduate degree typically provides more job/career flexibility, opportunities for more responsibility, faster promotions, and higher compensation.

For those having earned an undergraduate degree in accounting and desiring to pursue a career in the accounting profession, a MAcc program of study will provide much more "value added" than will other graduate business degrees. This is because the MAcc immediately builds upon the accounting knowledge base earned at the undergraduate level. As a result, graduates are better prepared to confront the myriad of challenges they will likely encounter in their professional career. Further, earning a MAcc will not only provide the additional hours of education required for the CPA certificate, the curriculum will better prepare students for the CPA exam.

The MAcc program at BGSU is administered by the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems within the College of Business Administration. The College of Business programs at BGSU are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the highest level of accreditation obtainable by business schools. Further, both the undergraduate accounting and MAcc programs offered by BGSU have separate AACSB accreditation. This additional distinction of quality is enjoyed by only 171 accounting programs in the world! Thus, the BGSU MAcc program has an excellent reputation among business professionals. As a result, the "Big Four," several Fortune 500 Corporations, and numerous regional and local public accounting firms recruit our students. And, the BGSU MAcc provides a more flexible curriculum by providing students with a choice of three specialization tracks- Accounting and Auditing, Taxation, and Information Systems Auditing and Control. Finally, the BGSU MAcc program allows students to start in the Fall semester and graduate the following Summer semester, making it a one year program.

The MAcc requires a minimum of 30 semester hours be taken from three types of courses: (1) Core courses every MAcc student must complete; (2) Track courses required of the specific track studied; (3) Elective graduate courses offered within the College of Business. These courses are described below:

Required Core Courses

  • ACCT 6210: Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 6730: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities of the Accountant
  • ACCT 6750: Professional Practice Seminar

Required Track-Specific Courses

  • Accounting and Auditing
    • ACCT 6220: Contemporary Financial Accounting Issues
    • ACCT 6540: Business Assurance Services
    • ACCT 6550: Advanced Information Systems for Accountants
  • Taxation
    • ACCT 5440: Estate Planning
    • ACCT 6430: Federal Taxation and Management Decisions
    • ACCT 6450: Taxation of Partnerships and Flow-Through Entities
  • Information Systems Auditing and Control (ISAC)
    • ACCT 5560: Information Systems Auditing and Control
    • ACCT 6580: Information Technology Security
    • MBA 5210: Data Communications for Accounting Environments
    • MBA 5710: Systems Analysis and Design
  • Elective Courses (examples)
    • ACCT 5320: Advanced Managerial Accounting
    • ACCT 5420: Corporate Taxation » ACCT 6240: Financial Statement Analysis
    • ACCT 6570: Fraud Examination
    • MBA Finance Courses
    • Economics Courses
    • Applied Statistics Courses
    • Accounting Track Courses in Tracks Other than the Track Selected

Students must have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting to be considered for admission. In addition, a minimum undergraduate overall and accounting GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and a minimum overall GMAT score of 500 are typically required; exceptions may be made to these requirements should circumstances warrant.

 

Please refer to www.bgsu.edu/offices/bursar for the most recent tuition and fee cost information; use the costs appearing in the "Graduate Bowling Green Campus" table. Note that course loads will be 12 semester hours (four courses) for each of the Fall and Spring semesters, and only 6 semester hours (two courses) for the Summer semester.

 

Financial assistance is awarded on a competitive basis and involves funding awards in the areas of tuition scholarships and graduate assistant (GA) stipends. The GA stipends typically require recipients to provide teaching/research support for faculty or to perform administrative functions within the College of Business. The level of funding awarded in these areas is based upon the undergraduate institution attended, both the overall and accounting GPA, and the GMAT score. Note that all students admitted into the MAcc program will also automatically be considered for financial assistance.

Apply Online

Making application to the BGSU MAcc program is straightforward and involves three steps for domestic students, and four steps for international students. Note that "letters of recommendation" and "statement of purpose essays" are NOT required. 

Step 1

Apply online at www.bgsu.edu/gradcoll

Step 2

Have two sets of official transcripts from every college/ university attended sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2791 Fax: (419) 372-8569

Step 3

Have official GMAT score and updated resume sent to:

Graduate and Executive Programs in Business
MAcc Admission
College of Business Administration
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2488 Fax: (419) 372-2875

Step 4

International students must also have official TOEFL scores sent to (see note below):

Center for International Programs
219 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2247 Fax: (419) 372-2429
Email: cip@bgsu.edu

International students should visit http://international.bgsu.edu/ for important information related to the application process. Further note that all TOEFL score-related questions/ issues must be addressed directly to the Center for International Programs via the contact information presented above.

What is the Application Deadline?

While there is no "official" application deadline, understand that admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis, effective immediately. Accordingly, it is in the student's best interest, from a competitive standpoint, to complete the above described application steps as soon as possible. As noted earlier, all students admitted into the MAcc are also automatically considered for funding. Funding decisions will be made subsequent to the admission decision.

 

While there is no "official" application deadline, understand that admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis, effective immediately. Accordingly, it is in the student's best interest, from a competitive standpoint, to complete the above described application steps as soon as possible. As noted earlier, all students admitted into the MAcc are also automatically considered for funding. Funding decisions will be made subsequent to the admission decision.

 

Students will be notified, via a letter sent from the Graduate College to their mailing address of record, of the admission decision.

If questions remain after carefully reviewing this document visit www.business.bgsu.edu/macc for more detailed information. If questions still remain, please email Dr. K. Snead, Director of Graduate Studies in Accounting at: ksnead@bgsu.edu.