Webinar: Master of Accountancy Admission Requirements – Summer 2022

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An enrollment advisor reviews the admission requirements one by one for the University of North Dakota’s online Master of Accountancy program, which is designed for career changers and those without an accounting background.

Transcript

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Hello. Thank you for joining us to get some tips and learn more about the admissions requirements for the University of North Dakota’s online master of accountancy program. My name is Paul and I am an enrollment advisor for UND. Today, we will review the admissions requirements and application process for our program. I’ll talk through each admission requirement, one by one and provide some tips and additional details on each. To start, here is a quick snapshot of the admissions requirements and materials needed to submit your application for our online master of accountancy program, which includes a bachelor’s degree, an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 in the last two years and a GMAT school or GMAT waiver.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Additionally, you will need to provide official transcripts, a statement of gold, three references, and a $35 non-refundable application fee or an application fee waiver, which you can get from your enrollment advisor. International students in certain countries also must meet the school of graduate studies English proficiency requirements. Now let’s take a better look at each requirement. Starting with degree requirements. Our online master’s program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. There is no requirement around the specific field of study, other than this program is not for those who already have a degree or professional background in accounting. Some common academic backgrounds we see are non-accounting business majors like finance, marketing, management, and information systems. However, we also regularly see students come from backgrounds like engineering, public administration, advertising, real estate, nursing, and agriculture, to name a few.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Because our program is designed for career changes and those who don’t have a background in accountant, the course work is laid out to help you build your foundation in accountancy principles and prepare you for success in the industry, all in less than two years. For students who are interested in becoming a CPA, our 30 credit online program paired with your bachelor’s degree can prepare you to sit for the exam. However, if you have a background outside of business, your state may make you meet additional requirements like taking a couple of extra business or accounting courses to qualify for licensure. We recommend all students check with their state’s licensing board to confirm what is required.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Our GPA requirement is straightforward. We require that applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 or a 3.0 or higher for the last two years of undergraduate work. To confirm, we require that you submit your official transcripts electronically or via mail. If you have any questions on how to do that, your enrollment advisor is happy to help. In addition, we also require you to submit a GMAT school or a GMAT waiver. To qualify for our program, we require a GMAT score of 500 or higher. However, if you have an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0, you can qualify for a GMAT waiver. To claim your waiver, reach out to your enrollment advisor.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Now let’s talk through the statement of goals, which is required by the school of graduate studies. This should be between two and three pages and describe your motivation for pursuing a master of accountancy degree, including your career goals and why you chose UND’s program specifically. Be sure to write clearly and proofread before you submit to ensure you are using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We also require three references. These should be academic or professional references and come from someone like a current or former professor, academic advisor, or supervisor. Please do not include friends, family, or other personal contacts in your list of references. It’s also important to note that we do not require actual letters to be submitted, however, feel free to include them if you would like to. Rather, your references are sent a survey of sorts where they rank you on a variety of factors related to your academic and professional abilities.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

This next one only applies to international applicants. UND requires international applicants to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores or complete the ELS Language Center’s intensive level 112. This requirement is waived for those in certain countries who have received their bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Now that we’ve reviewed all the application requirements, I want to share a few other considerations and tips. For starters, please utilize your enrollment advisor. We are here to help you through this process and make it as smooth and painless for you as possible. We have a lot of programmatic knowledge and can answer or find answers to all of your questions, address any concerns you have and help you determine if our online program is a good fit for you.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Next, I want to help set your expectations about grad school. It is demanded, but it’s worth it. We have high standards for our program and our students, and we want you to earn a good education so you can become a great accountancy professional. Our seven week half semester courses are flexible, but fast paced. So as a general rule of thumb, you can expect to spend three to six hours of time per credit hour per week on the program to complete assignments, reading, coursework, exams, et cetera. Sure. It can be tough, but at the end of the day, earning your master of accountancy can help you achieve the career you want and will be worth the hard work and effort you put into it. To help you through the program, you’ll also receive personalized one-on-one support and coaching from a dedicated student success specialist from enrollment through graduation, and you’ll always have access to your professors to help you succeed.

Paul, Enrollment Advisor:

Again, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about the admission requirements and application process with us today. Best of luck to all of you who are applying to our program. Kudos to you for considering this path. And I hope that we can help you along your journey. If have any questions or are ready to get started on your application for our online accountancy master’s program, please reach out to your enrollment advisor. We look forward to hearing from you. Go Fighting Hawks!