Master of Accountancy Admission Information

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply for the Weatherhead MAcc program, applicants must have earned or are in process of earning an equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Please note that a bachelor’s degree in accounting is not required to apply for the program.

Prerequisites

  • It is not required that students have completed all the prerequisite courses before beginning the MAcc program, but it is recommended that students have completed financial accounting and managerial accounting (Principles I and II) before beginning the program
  • Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited four-year educational institution, although department approval should be obtained in advance
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in all prerequisite coursework

Prerequisite Courses

  • Principles I (Financial Accounting)
  • Principles II (Managerial Accounting)
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting I
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting II
  • Accounting Information Systems a
  • Auditing
  • U.S. Taxation b
  • U.S. Business Law c
  • Excel Applications and Modeling d
  1. Students may be required to take Accounting Information Systems at Weatherhead if their previous course is deemed insufficient preparation for ACCT 406: Auditor’s Role in AIS Accounting as this is a unique course building on specialized skills learned in ACCT 306: Accounting Information Systems.
  2. Students who have not completed U.S. Taxation will be required to take the class at Weatherhead in an intensive summer session preceding the program.
  3. Students may take the graduate level U.S. Business Law course (BLAW 417) and double count it as an elective for the MAcc.
  4. Students may waive the Excel course by passing a proficiency examination.

A complete prerequisite coursework assessment will be provided to you if you are admitted to the program.

Application Requirements

The following materials will be required to complete your application:

Submitted online application

The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting. However, please note that text information cannot be changed once the application is submitted. It is strongly recommended that students submit their applications several weeks before the application deadline.

Essays

Essay 1 (required response): Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree. How does it fit with your long and short-term goals? How have your academic, career or life experiences prepared you for this program? What strengths will you bring, and what knowledge and insights are you hoping to develop during this learning experience? Are there any concerns about your application that you would like to address?

Essay 2 (choose from the following four topics and indicate in your response which topic you are addressing):

  1. Describe a situation where your academic or professional ethics were challenged and how you dealt with the situation. What did you learn from the experience?
  2. What is the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
  3. Throughout our lives, we have significant experiences, or “milestones,” that have a lasting impact on us. Briefly describe such an event and its impact on you.
  4. If the program that you are applying to is not the same as your undergraduate major, please explain your interest in this field and why you would like to pursue it now in your educational career. How did you become interested in the topic and what are you hoping the program can offer you?

All applicants are required to answer two essay questions before the application can be submitted. Each essay has a limit of 500 words.

Current resume

A current resume is required before your application can be submitted. The resume should include all work experience including part-time work as well as internship and co-op employment. We understand that you may have new experiences that you may want to add to your resume after your application is submitted; however, your resume cannot be updated after you click “Submit.”

Unofficial transcripts

The Weatherhead MAcc program does not require official transcripts for application review purposes; only unofficial transcripts are required for completion of an application. Applicants should upload transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended in the “Transcripts” section of the online application. Official transcripts are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the MAcc program.

Letters of recommendation

All applicants must enter the names, relationship, and contact information of two individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. Once the contact information is entered by the applicant, the MAcc admission team will notify the recommender by email to upload their letters to the applicant’s online profile. It is our recommendation that each applicant follow up with his or her recommenders to ensure timely submission of the letters of recommendation. The application will remain incomplete until both letters of recommendation have been received.

Video interview

Each MAcc candidate is required to submit a 5- to 10-minute interview video for the completion of an application. The interview video submission will replace preliminary phone interviews, although if a thorough assessment cannot be made from the video, candidates may be requested to complete a phone interview with an admission team member.

Detailed instructions for the video interview are provided in the online application.

GMAT scores

The Weatherhead MAcc program only accepts GMAT exam scores. An unofficial GMAT score report (also known as the test taker copy) is required for the completion of an application. Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant chooses to enroll in the MAcc program.

The Weatherhead MAcc program does not have a required minimum score of GMAT, but we recommend a minimum of 50% on the verbal section and a minimum of 4.0 on the analytical writing section of the GMAT exam.

GMAT Code: WTJ-F1-90

Application fee

Applicants are prompted to pay a $100 fee when they submit their application. Credit card payments are preferred, but checks are accepted. If an applicant chooses to mail a check, he or she must mail payment to the address below:

Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management
Department of Accountancy
ATTN: Ashley Lu
11119 Bellflower Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235

Please note: Credit card payments are automatically added to an application. If an applicant chooses to pay by check, his or her application remains incomplete until the admissions office has received the check. Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 2 deadline.

Additional Application Requirements for International Applicants

Course-by-course evaluation

Applicants who earned or are in the process of earning post-secondary degrees from universities outside of the United States are required to have a course-by-course evaluation of all of their post-secondary transcripts by an approved credential evaluator. Currently, the Weatherhead MAcc program accepts credential evaluations from the following evaluators:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE)—If you use ECE, request that an official copy be mailed directly to Weatherhead.
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)—If you use WES, request that an official electronic copy be submitted to Weatherhead.

The Weatherhead MAcc program will recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as the evaluation indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States

Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English and have not completed an entire bachelor’s degree (transfer-in credits of 30 or less) or higher at a U.S. institution must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. A minimum score of 100 overall on the TOEFL or 7.0 overall on the IELTS is required.

TOEFL Code: 1105-02

IMPORTANT: A scanned copy of the Official TOEFL score report issued by ETS is required for completion of an application. Webpage screenshots are not accepted as score reports.

Apply online

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by the deadline to receive a decision by the corresponding notification date. An offer for admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete.

Applicants interested in scholarship consideration are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability. Scholarship offers are included in the decision letter.

Single Round
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Notification Date: December 15, 2015
Round 1
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Notification Date: February 1, 2015
Round 2
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Notification Date: March 1, 2015

After February 1, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis provided there is space in the incoming class. Please contact Ashley Lu at ashley.lu@case.edu after February 1 to determine if the program is still accepting applications.

Tuition and costs

For class entering summer or fall 2014.

Tuition   
$43,200 per year ($21,600 per semester)
Management fee
$200 per year ($100 per semester)
Health insurance fee   
$1,640 per year ($820 per semester)
Books and supplies   
$1,800 per year ($900 per semester)
Housing and living expenses   
$13,000 per year ($6,500 per semester)

Financing your degree

Financial aid

Application for need-based financial aid is a separate process from your admission application. These funding opportunities are administered by Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Financial Aid, and are available to domestic applicants only.

Scholarships

Scholarships and graduate assistantships are based on the strength of your academic and personal credentials and are not need-based. Additional materials beyond the standard application are not required, and you are not required to apply separately for a scholarship or graduate assistantship. Rather, you will be automatically considered for a scholarship and graduate assistantship as part of the admission process. If you are selected for a merit-based scholarship or graduate assistantship, you will be informed in your admission letter. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to the MAcc program for maximum scholarship availability.

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a provision of the post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions to partner with Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fees. Weatherhead is a proud participant in this program.

Loans

A master’s degree is an investment, and one option to fund your education is a student loan. Weatherhead does not endorse any specific lender or receive compensatory benefit from any lender. We recommend careful consideration and comparison of all lending options and terms before entering into a loan agreement.

Loans are given to students who have demonstrated financial need and repaid in accordance with the specific terms of the loan. Student loans may be private or government-sponsored, subsidized (need-based) or unsubsidized (non-need-based). Interest may not start to accrue until after graduation or it may begin immediately.

The university’s Office of Financial Aid provides detailed information on the types of loans that are available and how to apply for them.