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Fisher College of Business – Ohio State University - Master of Accounting

The Ohio State Fisher College of Business Master of Accounting Program Structure

As one of the first STEM accounting programs in the U.S., Ohio State’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) graduate program is a national leader. Fisher delivers personalized, hands-on experiences to prepare you for a career in accounting.   Students are able to complete their degree in just nine months.  After completing the four core courses, you can arrange your electives over two semesters to fulfill the required 31 credit hours.  With
fewer than 90 students in the program, you’ll collaborate and connect with your peers and interact directly with faculty members who know you by name.


The MAcc program is genuinely a flexible degree. Fisher encourages you to think broadly about accounting, including its role in organizations and society. Students are able to design their graduate degree to develop their interests, skillset, and potential for achieving your career goals. Fisher is also one of the few accounting programs with data and analytics coursework to prepare you for a world driven by data.

CORE COURSES (10 credit hours)

The MAcc core curriculum is designed to build a solid accounting foundation while developing your technical, critical thinking, and communication skills. It supports your elective choices, and ensures you have the required experience to be successful in the classroom and in your future career. The innovative STEM-designated MAcc curriculum is a national leader and is supported by an academic advisor and career coach that help you reach your career goals.


Elective courses allow you to explore a vast array of interests while broadening your understanding of the role accounting plays in organizations and the marketplace. You can choose from accounting-based electives as well as dozens of other robust options offered throughout The Ohio State University. The course list below illustrate a sample of the wide range of focuses that are offered within the available electives.

As a Fisher MAcc student, you are not required to have a specific declared “area.” The information below simply provides you with an idea of the electives available to you, categorized by interest area.


Modern-day accountants increasingly deal with large volumes of information arriving in big data sets. They need the skills to be able to process these data sets, formulate the appropriate questions to ask the data, design the right test, interpret the results and present their conclusions. In the MAcc Program we updated the curriculum, in partnership with KPMG, to expose our students to large data problems, and provide them with the necessary tools that will allow them to solve these problems. Learn more >.


Because of the wide range of accounting career paths, we encourage a portfolio approach to your course experience. Explore electives in areas such as auditing, finance, or operations management, and take advantage of dozens of other options available through Ohio State. It’s beneficial for all types of students who come to us: undergrad accounting majors, students from other disciplines, and working professionals who seek deeper insights for career success.

Class Profile

The most recent Ohio State’s Master of Accounting at Fisher class had around 90 students. The G.P.A range was between 3.4-3.9, with 85% of students having less than one year of work experience.  22% of the class consisted of international students, with the average age of students being 23 years old. The average GMAT score for students was

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated tuition rate for the Ohio State’s Master of Accounting graduate program is $32,833 for residents of Ohio and $57,599 for non-residents and international students.  The cost covers the following: General Tuition & Instruction, Student Activity Fee, Student Union Fee, Recreation Fee, Learning-Technology Fee, COTA Bus Fee.

The MAcc Admissions Committee awards merit-based MAcc scholarships to successful applicants on a competitive basis. Scholarships may range from $3,000 up to $15,000.  Graduate Assistant appointments are for 10 hours per week, provide 50% tuition waiver, and a monthly stipend. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for GA appointments; an application is not required. Recipients are notified prior to their admissions response deadlines. Fisher College of Business nominates its strongest MAcc degree candidates for The Ohio State University’s fellowship programs. These fellowships provide a full waiver of tuition and general fees, plus a monthly stipend. The application deadlines for fellowship nominations are much earlier than all other application deadlines – apply early if you wish to be considered for nomination. Federal loan programs provide a primary source of financial aid to domestic graduate business students. To be eligible to apply for federal financial aid, a student must be admitted to the MAcc program, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled full-time for each semester that aid is received, and be in good scholastic standing (3.0 or better grade point average).


Applicants to the MAcc degree program must have completed (or will complete prior to enrollment) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants’ academic records should demonstrate an ability to pursue graduate studies in the accounting field, including completion of pre-requisite requirements.

Academic Transcripts: One of the requirements for admission to Fisher is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment if admitted. The Ohio State University generally does not recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree to be equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree. You must provide official transcripts from each undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) institution where you earned academic credit. Each transcript should include all coursework previously completed, as well as coursework currently in progress. You must provide official transcripts for each institution if credits were earned abroad or were transferred between universities.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Fisher MAcc program is open to graduates with the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree in virtually all areas of study: liberal arts, business, engineering, and other. Students must complete five prerequisite accounting courses to complete the MAcc program. If you have not completed all five in your prior coursework, Fisher offers options to complete a portion of these courses through our Pre-Macc and MAcc programs. You must have completed Principles of Financial Accounting and Principles of Managerial Accounting in order to be reviewed for admission to the MAcc program.

Test Scores: All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There is NO minimum GMAT or a GRE required to enter our program. GMAT and a GRE scores are valid for five years from the date the test was taken.

Resume: Resumes can be longer than one page to account for additional details about your school and work history, accomplishments, awards, community or professional organizations or other information that would be relevant for the Admissions Committee.

Essay Topics: Why do you wish to earn a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree? Why do you wish to earn an MAcc from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MAcc program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?

Letters of Recommendation: You are required to submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation that can speak to your potential to be successful in the program. You will have the opportunity to ask your references to submit either electronic or paper letters of reference on your behalf when you submit your online application.

Video Interview: Each applicant is required to complete an online assessment comprised of recorded video questions. Since live interviews are on a need-basis, the video interview is a way for us to virtually meet you and get a sense of your personality and potential beyond what you’ve included in your application.

Application Fee: The non-refundable application fee is $60 (U.S. Dollars) for United States citizens, permanent residents, or asylees, and $70 (U.S. Dollars) for international students.

Ohio State’s Master of Accounting 2020-2021 Application Deadlines

November 13, 2020: University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship deadline: Fellowship-eligible* applicants must submit their applications by this deadline to be considered for nomination in the Graduate School competition.

January 8, 2021: Financial aid priority deadline

March 19, 2021: Final application deadline for international students

May 14, 2021: Final application deadline for domestic students

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