The IMAcc program at the Wisconsin School of Business is open to students who are currently enrolled in the Wisconsin BBA Program and pursuing an accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The program may accept high school students who come to UW–Madison with the intention of pursuing the Master of Accountancy degree, but they must be accepted by UW–Madison and the Wisconsin School of Business before entering the IMAcc program.

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in something other than accounting, at any institution, may wish to consider the Graduate Master of Accountancy (GMacc) program.

Robert Loke

“The flexibility that the MAcc program provides is second to none. Through the program I was able to tailor my internship based on time of the year, practice, location, and company.”

—Rob Loke, BBA, MAcc

How We Decide

When considering applications to the IMAcc program, we look for the following characteristics:

  • Academic excellence, including an academic profile that will lead to graduate school admission
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
  • Professionalism
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the profession and why it is a good fit for you

The admissions committee places some emphasis on a student’s involvement in activities outside the classroom, as those activities help develop the personal and professional characteristics that will support academic and career success.

Class Profile


Average GMAT score
IMAcc 2017 graduating class


Average undergraduate GPA
IMAcc 2017 graduating class

Important Dates

Late January (junior year): Admissions application due*

February: Interviews with faculty members

Early March: Admissions decisions announced

Following Finals: Interviews for internships

Early June: Internship placements announced

Spring Semester (senior year): Internships conducted

* The annual application deadline is the Friday of the first week of classes each spring semester. If you plan on studying abroad in the spring, you are asked to contact the department early in the fall of your junior year. Your application process will use an alternate timetable, with the application itself due the prior October.

Application Process

The application process to the IMAcc program has two parts.

Apply to the IMAcc Program

You will receive an email with a link to the IMAcc Program application around January 1 of your junior year, and applications are due late January. If you plan to study abroad, please apply during the prior October, following the IMAcc Information Session.

Apply to the Graduate Program

Following your admission to the program as an IMAcc candidate and at the start of your senior year, you will complete a separate, online application for the graduate-level MAcc degree program. This application process requires you to provide a GMAT score and complete certain essays.

Tuition and Fees

Program Tuition and Fees for 2017–2018 Academic Year

Tuition, Fees,
Tuition $17,451.68 $35,316.00 $35,316.00
Segregated Fees* 1,260.24 1,260.24 1,260.24
Program Fees 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yearly Total $18,711.92 $36,576.24 $36,576.24

Exact tuition and fees are set each August by the state legislature; tuition may vary from year to year.

*Segregated fee rate is updated each summer pending decision by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Additional information is available from the Office of the Registrar. In the dropdown menu for “Student Career,” please refer to the “Business Masters” category.

Financial Support

Many students receive financial support that can assist with the costs of the MAcc degree program. Financial assistance is available from several sources.

  • Each student completes a paid internship in the spring of the senior year. This typically provides a total salary of approximately $6,000–$8,000.
  • Teaching assistant (TA) positions are available on a competitive basis. About 40 percent of all MAcc students receive a TA appointment each academic year. Students teach for only one semester. Compensation includes a full tuition waiver for the semester and a stipend of approximately $7,000.
  • Scholarships are available to selected MAcc students in their graduate year. These average about $1,800 per year. There is no application process for scholarships; all MAcc students will be considered for scholarships in their graduate year.
  • Many students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty members, providing research support and/or help with grading. These positions pay an hourly rate.

Additional resources are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Frequently Asked Questions

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