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.
“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
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. You must be currently enrolled in or have completed Intermediate Financial Accounting I to apply for the IMAcc program. Students in the IMAcc program may complete select graduate accounting course requirements during their undergraduate studies. A maximum of six credits may be applied to the 30-credit graduate degree requirement, as long as those credits were not already used to achieve the 120 credits required to earn your BBA. In this circumstance, you must complete a minimum of 24 credits during the graduate year.
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.
When considering applications to the IMAcc program, we look for the following characteristics:
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.
Average GPA in Accounting Courses
IMAcc 2018 graduating class
Average undergraduate GPA
IMAcc 2018 graduating class
The application process to the IMAcc program has two parts.
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.
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 complete a summer ethics writing assignment and report your academic performance in accounting courses.
As an undergraduate student in accounting at the Wisconsin School of Business, you will have several opportunities to learn about the application process for the IMAcc program and get answers to your questions. These include information sessions and one-on-one meetings with an advisor.
The schedule for IMAcc events will be announced in your accounting classes and at student organization meetings. You are encouraged to attend these events to learn more about the integrated IMAcc curriculum, the admissions process, and career opportunities for licensed certified public accountants.
The IMAcc program includes an internship that is an important part of your preparation for a career as a licensed certified public accountant. Typically, this internship takes place in the spring of your senior year. Study abroad is also a valuable experience that will complement and enhance your business education. Applying to the IMAcc program early enables your advisors to work with you on a degree plan. We want to ensure that all your IMAcc requirements are met and your interviews with employers for internships are scheduled appropriately while accommodating your study abroad.
If this is your situation, we’ll help you make arrangements to complete your internship in the summer.
Yes! If this is your situation, you may need more than five years to graduate from both the BBA and MAcc degree programs at the Wisconsin School of Business. We’ll work with you to make arrangements to complete the Integrated Master of Accountancy program in six years if that works better for you. If you are committed to this program and feel it is a good fit for you, we will gladly work with you to accommodate your circumstances.
The IMAcc program is open only to current UW-Madison students, but if you have relevant internship or work experience, you may apply to the GMAcc Program.
Not at all. This situation can occur when students made a commitment to pursuing accounting early in their undergraduate studies. If you have already met some of the course requirements, we’ll work with you to modify the program so that it is completed in four or four-and-a-half years.
If you are not accepted into the IMAcc program, you still have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in accounting at the Wisconsin School of Business and obtain the necessary education requirements to sit for the CPA exam. If this is your situation, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor; he or she can help you restructure your course plan to achieve your objectives.
Please review the current tuition and fees, as well as financial support sources for IMAcc.
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