Important Dates

December 1: Application period opens

March 1: Admissions application due

March 31: Supplemental application materials, if any, submitted as hard copies

February–April: Admissions decisions announced


The Graduate Master of Accountancy (GMAcc) program at the Wisconsin School of Business is designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree, generally in something other than accounting. The only course prerequisite for the program is an introductory financial accounting course, which can be taken after admission to the program. Many admitted students will take an introductory financial accounting course at UW-Madison during the summer prior to starting the GMAcc program.

Students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting at the Wisconsin School of Business and wish to earn a Master of Accountancy degree should consider the Integrated Master of Accountancy (IMAcc) program.

Taylor Zimprich

“The MAcc program consists of countless opportunities to establish a network with prospective employers. By the time graduation rolls around, you have created enough connections to allow you to choose where you want to start your career—an advantage most recent graduates are not fortunate enough to have.”

—Taylor Zimprich, BBA, MAcc
Accounting Analyst, Epic

How We Decide

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

  • Academic excellence
  • 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
  • Previous education in the U.S.

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
GMAcc 2018 graduating class


Average undergraduate GPA
GMAcc 2018 graduating class

Overview of Application Requirements

Documents You Need to Provide

  • Completed graduate application
  • Personal essays
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) score (for non-native English speakers)

Other Requirements

  • Admissions interview (by invitation)
  • Application fee

Application Requirements in Detail

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  • Completed Graduate Application

    Complete the online application form to provide details on your intended area of study, prior education, and work history.

  • Personal Essays

    As part of your application for admission, you will be asked to respond to four essay questions. You can work on your essay questions in advance by downloading them here.

    We ask that you keep your essay responses to no more than six typewritten pages in total (double spacing and 12 pt. Times Roman font are recommended) for all four essays. You may combine your essays into one document. Please include your name at the top of each page.

  • Two Professional Recommendations

    Two professional recommendations are required to apply. These recommendations are submitted via the online application system, and must be submitted by the final online application due date.

  • Official Transcripts

    It is not necessary to send official transcripts in order to apply for the program, if you are able to scan and upload your transcripts to the online system. If you are later admitted to the program, you will be asked to send the official transcripts.

    You must submit original hard copies of your transcripts/academic records before enrolling in the program. Records must have a seal and signature in ink from the institution’s authorized official, such as the registrar or recorder of records. For degrees from international institutions, records must be in the original language of the institution attended, and accompanied by official English translations. Have transcripts sent directly to the MAcc Program Office from your schools.

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) Score

    A GMAT score is required to apply. There is no stated minimum GMAT score for admission to the program. GRE scores will not be accepted.

    The test must be taken by the online application deadline, and within five years of the term for which you are applying. If you take the test more than once, only your highest score will be considered. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the GMAcc Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 79K-2S-23).

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) Score (for non-native English speakers)

    For non-native English speakers, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 104 or an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.5 is required for admission to the program. The test must be taken within two years of your intended start term.

    Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 1846).

    Applicants who have completed three or more years in an institution where the primary mode of instruction was English do not need to complete this requirement and may request a waiver on the application.

    Evidence of adequate financial resources for the anticipated duration of the program is required for visa documentation by the federal government. An International Financial Statement is only required upon admission to the GMAcc program. This document is not required as part of the admission application.

  • Admissions Interview

    The faculty begins selecting the candidates for interviews in February. An in-person interview is recommended, but telephone interviews may be conducted when necessary.

  • Application Fee

    When you submit your online application, you will be asked to pay the application fee of $75 (international students will pay an additional $6 processing fee). Payment must be made by credit card. Admissions decisions will not be communicated to the applicant until the fee is paid.

Frequently Asked Questions

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