As of March 1, 2014, we will no longer be accepting international applications for the Master of Accountancy program starting in the fall of 2014.
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
- An undergraduate degree in accountancy is not required, but it is recommended that students have completed financial and managerial accounting (Principles I and II) before beginning the program
- Prerequisites may be completed before or during the MAcc program, but must be completed before a student begins the final semester at Weatherhead
- Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited four-year educational institution, but department approval should be obtained in advance
- A grade of B or better must be earned in all prerequisite coursework
General Business Prerequisites
- Corporate Finance
- Economics (Micro and Macro)
- Operations Management
- U.S. Business Law
- Principles I (Financial Accounting)
- Principles II (Managerial Accounting)
- Intermediate Financial Reporting I (May be taken in summer pre-session before program begins)
- Intermediate Financial Reporting II
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- U.S. Taxation
A complete prerequisite coursework assessment will be provided to you if you are admitted to the program.
The following materials will be required to complete your application:
The online application captures the following information: contact information, demographic information and educational and employment history. Along with the above information, applicants are also required to submit a current resume, answer two essay questions and provide the contact information for two recommenders as well as pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting and the required supporting documents can be uploaded to the application after clicking “Submit.” However, please note that text information cannot be changed once the application is submitted.
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):
- 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?
- What is the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
- 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.
- 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.
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 from all post-secondary school work are required for the completion of an application. Applicants should upload transcripts 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.
Applicants who earned or are in process of earning post-secondary degrees from universities outside of the United States must also upload in the “Transcripts” section a course-by-course evaluation of all 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)
- World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
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.
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
Candidates who have not completed an entire bachelor’s degree or higher at a U.S. institution must submit TOEFL (code 1105-02) or IELTS scores. A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL or 7.0 overall on the IELTS is required.
Detailed instructions are available in our online application.
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.
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.
It is strongly suggested that applicants upload all the required application materials online. If you wish to send your supplemental application materials via post, please use the address below:Ashley Lu
Department of Accountancy
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 471
Weatherhead School of Management
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
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.
Applicants are considered in several application rounds throughout the year.
After February 1, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis provided there is space in the incoming class. Please contact Ashley Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org after February 1 to determine if the program is still accepting applications.
Tuition and costs
For class entering fall 2013
*Current tuition, management and health insurance fees for students entering in fall 2013. Tuition rates and fees are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees and may change for students entering in fall 2014.
**Expenses are based on estimates. Actual costs will vary based on personal spending choices.
***CWRU does not offer housing for graduate students. However, neighborhoods surrounding the university offer many housing choices a short walk or bus ride away from campus. Visit our graduate housing site for more information.
Financing your degree
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 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.
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.