MASTER OF ACCOUNTING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When do students matriculate each year?
A: The MACCT program begins each Fall (August) and Spring (January).
Q: How long will it take to complete the Tulane MACCT program?
A: Most MACCT students complete 30 credit hours of coursework over two semesters; however, some international students may elect to extend their studies to three semesters.
Q: Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
A: No. The MACCT is a full-time program, with no part-time option available.
Q: When will I attend classes?
A: Most classes meet twice a week (Monday-Thursday) between 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. for 75 minutes. Some classes are offered in the evenings once a week from 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Q: May I defer my admission to the following year?
A: The Freeman School does not defer admission decisions; however, we keep all application materials on file for two years. If you have previously applied to program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on reactivating your application.
Q: Do you offer conditional admission to the program?
A: The Freeman School does not offer conditional admissions under any circumstances. Applicants must submit all required application materials in order to be reviewed for an admission decision.
Q: Does the Freeman School accept transfer credits?
A: We do not accept transfer credits from any other institution. When we promote our programs to employment recruiters, we want to ensure that all Freeman graduate business students have acquired certain fundamental accounting skill sets.
Q: What factors does the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating my application?
A: The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, which includes all required application materials (application form, essay, resume, academic background, recommendation, and test scores), to assess an applicant's motivation, maturity and ability to successfully complete a graduate business degree.
Q: How can I gauge my chances of being admitted to the Tulane MACCT program?
A: It is impossible for the Admissions Committee to access your suitability to the program without reviewing a complete application. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your credentials with successful candidates to the program.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require specific courses or majors as prerequisites?
A: Currently, the Tulane MACCT requires students to complete prerequisites in Financial Accounting, Cost or Managerial Accounting, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II. Applicants should also have an undergraduate degree in business in order to fulfill the other CPA requirements.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require post graduate work experience?
A: We do not require post graduate work experience in the Tulane MACCT program.
Q: What are your application deadlines?
A: Applications to the MACCT program are processed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a complete application no later than December 1 (November 1, 2014 for International applicants) for Spring enrollment and June 1 (May 1, 2015 for International applicants) for Fall enrollment.
Q: When should I apply to the Tulane MACCT?
A: We have seats available for each application deadline, so you should not rush to apply to meet the earliest deadline. Applicants should apply when they can provide their most competitive application. For example, if you are planning to retake the GMAT, you should wait to apply with your most competitive score.
Q: What credentials should I submit to complete my application?
A: In order to complete an application for review, we require the following application materials:
- Online application form
- Current resume
- Post-secondary transcript(s)
- One essay
- One letter of recommendation
- GMAT/GRE score
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score (international applicants only)
- Affidavit of Support with supporting financial documents (international applicants only)
Our application process is entirely paperless and all required documents must be submitted electronically via the online application. We require official documents (transcripts and test scores) at the time enrollment is confirmed.
Q: Should I provide you with hard copies of application materials or any supplemental materials?
A: Our application process is entirely paperless; therefore applicants should not mail hard copies of application materials to our office. All required application materials should be submitted via the online application system. If you are admitted and decide to enroll in the program, we will notify you of any official hard copies we require from you.
Q: Can I apply if I haven't taken the GMAT/TOEFL yet?
A: You may start your application at any time; however, you will not be able to submit your application until you have provided all required application materials including test score/s.
Q: If I take the GMAT/TOEFL more than once, will the Admissions Committee average the scores or take the highest one?
A: The Admissions Committee utilizes the highest total score for review. Please self-report your highest score report information in the online application as well as upload a screenshot of your unofficial score report.
Q: Can my GRE score replace the GMAT requirement?
A: Yes, you may submit a GRE score in lieu of the GMAT.
Q: What is the GMAT reporting code for the Tulane MACCT program?
A: The MACCT GMAT reporting code is XVC-SG-78.
Q: What is your GRE institution code?
A: The Tulane institution code is 6832-02.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA or GMAT score required for admission?
A: We do not have a minimum GMAT or GPA requirement. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your competitiveness against successful applicants to the program.
Q: If my GMAT or GPA is below the average, should I still apply?
A: The Admission Committee reviews applications holistically. Therefore, a below average GMAT or GPA is not an automatic disqualification to apply. However, the ranges are useful indicators of admissible standards.
Q: My educational institute does not use a 4.0 GPA scale. How should I report my GPA in the online application?
A: You should report your cumulative GPA based on the GPA reporting scale of your institution. You do not need to convert your GPA to the 4.0 scale.
Q: Who should I choose to write my recommendation letter?
A: References should be limited to those people who can speak to your skills and abilities in an academic or professional setting. References from friends or relatives will not carry the same weight. Applicants should choose professors who can speak to the applicant's skills and abilities in quantitative or accounting related coursework specifically. A supervisor from an internship is also a good choice for a recommendation letter.
Q: May I submit more than one recommendation?
A: The Freeman School requires one letter of recommendation. The online application will allow you to request only one letter of recommendation.
Q: Can my recommender submit the letter of recommendation once I have submitted my online application?
A: Yes, the recommender can submit the recommendation letter either before or after your application has been submitted. However, your application will not be completed for review until the recommendation letter has been received. The recommendation is the only part of the application process that is not under applicants' direct control, so we advise applicants to request the recommendation very early in the process.
Q: What is Freeman's policy on interviews?
A: After a preliminary review of a complete application, the Admissions Committee may request an interview of select applicants.
Q: What can I expect during the interview?
A: Applicants can expect to talk about themselves, their experiences and aspirations, their undergraduate record, their leadership and group activities, and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Freeman School. Due to the geographic diversity of the Freeman applicant pool, the majority of interviews are conducted via Skype or phone. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask the school representative questions about the program.
Q: Are there additional requirements for international applicants?
A: International applicants are required to submit supporting financial documents (such as bank statements) in order for their application to be completed for review. Additionally, international applicants need to provide proof of English language competence by providing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.
*NEW* effective Fall 2015 applicants- International students will be required to submit evaluated transcripts using one of our preferred evaluation companies listed below. Please indicate on your application which company you will be using. You will still be required to upload your transcripts as part of the application process.
We will accept evaluations completed by one of the following:
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) - www.ece.org
- Educational Perspective - www.edperspective.org
- One Earth Evaluators - www.oneearthevaluations.org
Q: What evidence of English proficiency do you require?
A: We want you to be successful in the program and excellent English language skills are essential to your success. The Freeman School requires you to take either the TOEFL or IELTS. We prefer scores at or above the following: TOEFL - 550 (paper based), 250 (computer based), or 20 or higher in each section (internet based), or a 6.5 IELTS. Please apply even if you have a lower score. We will consider applicants with lower scores and will use additional evaluation tools, such as an interview, to determine proficiency.
Q: What are your TOEFL or IELTS waiver eligibility requirements?
A: International students who completed one year of study at in institution where English is the primary language of instruction are eligible for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver. Please denote your waiver eligibility in the international section of the online application.
Q: What is the TOEFL institution code for the Freeman School at Tulane?
A: The TOEFL institution code is 6832-02.
Q: I have a distance learning or online degree. Does this satisfy the educational requirements?
A: We do not accept online or distance learning degrees. International applicants must complete a traditional four year bachelor's degree from an accredited university prior to the program start date.
Q: I have a three-year degree from an accredited university. Does this satisfy your educational eligibility requirements?
A: No, applicants must complete a traditional four year bachelor's degree in business from an accredited institution in order to meet CPA eligibility requirements.
Q: If I'm admitted to the Tulane MACCT program, when will I receive my I20?
A: We do not provide an I20 until after a student has confirmed enrollment in the Tulane MACCT. To confirm enrollment, a student must complete the commitment form, pay the $500 commitment deposit, and submit a photocopy of your passport photo page.
MERIT BASED AWARDS AND FINANCIAL AID
Q: What are the tuition, fees and program costs?
A: Please visit the Cost of Attendance page.
Q: Do you offer fellowships (scholarships) in the MACCT program?
A: The Freeman School selects a limited number of domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) to receive partial merit based fellowships. All domestic applicants are automatically reviewed for a fellowship award at the same time as the admissions decision.
Q: What types of financial aid (student loans and work study) are available to students?
A: U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans and work study to cover all educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses) up to the cost of education. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student (no parental data required), students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and request that their information be sent to Tulane University.
Q: What types of financial aid are available to international students?
A: International students may seek to borrow funds through the Alternative loan program, however, this option requires that the student have a credit-worthy cosigner who is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students should explore International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) website for additional scholarship and loan opportunities. This online resource offers a searchable database which provides direct links to a number of organizations offering assistance to fund study in the United States. Latin American students from any member country of the Organization of American States (OAS), can seek to borrow funds through the Rowe Fund loan program. The Rowe fund offers up to $15,000 in an interest-free loan to cover the cost of graduate studies.