Q: When do students matriculate each year?
A: The MACCT program admits students each Fall (August) and Spring (January).
Q: How long will it take to complete the Tulane MACCT program?
A: Most MACCT students complete 30 credit hours of coursework over two semesters; however, some international students may elect to extend their studies to three semesters.
Q: Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
A: No. The MACCT is a full-time program, with no part-time option available.
Q: When will I attend classes?
A: Most classes meet twice a week (Monday-Thursday) between 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. for 75 minutes. Some classes are offered in the evenings once a week from 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Q: May I defer my admission to the following year?
A: The Freeman School does allow admitted students to defer admission for up to one year. We keep all application materials on file for two years. If you have previously applied to the program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on reactivating your application.
Q: Do you offer conditional admission to the program?
A: The Freeman School does not offer conditional admissions under any circumstances. Applicants must submit all required application materials in order to be reviewed for an admission decision.
Q: Does the Freeman School accept transfer credits?
A: We do not accept transfer credits from any other institution. When we promote our programs to employment recruiters, we want to ensure that all Freeman graduate business students have acquired certain fundamental accounting skill sets.
Q: What factors do the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating my application?
A: The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, which includes all required application materials (application form, essay, resume, academic background, recommendation, and test scores), to assess an applicant's motivation, maturity and ability to successfully complete a graduate business degree.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require specific courses or majors as prerequisites?
A: Currently, the Tulane MACCT requires students to complete prerequisites in Financial Accounting, Cost or Managerial Accounting, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II. Applicants should also have an undergraduate degree in business in order to fulfill the other CPA requirements.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require post graduate work experience?
A: We do not require post graduate work experience in the Tulane MACCT program.
Q: What are your application deadlines?
A: Applications to the MACCT program are processed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a complete application no later than the deadlines specified on the application calendar for Spring and Fall enrollment.
Q: When should I apply to the Tulane MACCT?
A: We have seats available for each application deadline, so you should not rush to apply to meet the earliest deadline. Applicants should apply when they can provide their most competitive application. For example, if you are planning to retake the GMAT, you should wait to apply with your most competitive score.
Q: Can I apply if I haven't taken the GMAT/TOEFL yet?
A: You may start your application at any time; however, you will not be able to submit your application until you have provided all required application materials including test score/s.
Q: If I take the GMAT/TOEFL more than once, will the Admissions Committee average the scores or take the highest one?
A: The Admissions Committee utilizes the highest total score for review. Please self-report your highest score report information in the online application as well as upload a screenshot of your unofficial score report.
Q: Can my GRE score replace the GMAT requirement?
A: Yes, you may submit a GRE score in lieu of the GMAT.
Q: What is the GMAT reporting code for the Tulane MACCT program?
A: The MACCT GMAT reporting code is XVC-SG-78.
Q: What is your GRE institution code?
A: The Tulane institution code is 6197.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA or GMAT score required for admission?
A: We do not have a minimum GMAT or GPA requirement. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your competitiveness against successful applicants to the program.
Q: If my GMAT or GPA is below the average, should I still apply?
A: The Admission Committee reviews applications holistically. Therefore, a below average GMAT or GPA is not an automatic disqualification to apply. However, the ranges are useful indicators of admissible standards.
Q: My educational institution does not use a 4.0 GPA scale. How should I report my GPA in the online application?
A: You should report your cumulative GPA based on the GPA reporting scale of your institution. You do not need to convert your GPA to the 4.0 scale.
Q: Who should I choose to write my recommendation letter?
A: References should be limited to those people who can speak to your skills and abilities in an academic or professional setting. References from friends or relatives will not carry the same weight. Applicants should choose professors who can speak to the applicant's skills and abilities in quantitative or accounting related coursework specifically. A supervisor from an internship is also a good choice for a recommendation letter.
Q: May I submit more than one recommendation?
A: The Freeman School requires one letter of recommendation. The online application will allow you to request only one letter of recommendation.
Q: Can my recommender submit the letter of recommendation once I have submitted my online application?
A: Yes, the recommender can submit the recommendation letter either before or after your application has been submitted. However, your application will not be completed for review until the recommendation letter has been received. The recommendation is the only part of the application process that is not under applicants' direct control, so we advise applicants to request the recommendation very early in the process.
Q: What is Freeman's policy on interviews?
A: After a preliminary review of a complete application, the Admissions Committee may request an interview of select applicants.
Q: What can I expect during the interview?
A: Applicants can expect to talk about themselves, their experiences and aspirations, their undergraduate record, their leadership and group activities, and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Freeman School. Due to the geographic diversity of the Freeman applicant pool, the majority of interviews are conducted via Skype or phone. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask the school representative questions about the program.
Q: Are there additional requirements for international applicants?
A: International applicants are required to submit the Affidavit of Support along with supporting financial documents (such as bank statements) in order for their application to be completed for review. Additionally, international applicants need to provide proof of English language competence by providing TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Q: What are your TOEFL or IELTS waiver eligibility requirements?
A: To receive a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, an applicant must have studied for at least one year either in the U.S. or in a university where classes were taught primarily in English.
Q: I have a three-year degree from an accredited university. Does this satisfy your educational eligibility requirements?
A: No, applicants must complete a traditional four year bachelor's degree in business from an accredited institution in order to meet CPA eligibility requirements.
Q: If I'm admitted to the Tulane MACCT program, when will I receive my I20?
A: You will receive your I20 in the mail along with your admission letter. To confirm enrollment, a student must complete the commitment form and pay the $1,000 commitment deposit. If a student is currently studying in the U.S. and holds an F-1 or J-1 visa, the photo page of the visa should also be uploaded into the application.
Merit Based Awards and Financial Aid
Q: What are the tuition, fees and program costs?
A: Please visit the Cost of Attendance section of this page.
Q: Do you offer fellowships (scholarships) in the MACCT program?
A: The Freeman School selects a limited number of domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) to receive partial merit based fellowships. All domestic applicants are automatically reviewed for a fellowship award at the same time as the admissions decision.
Q: What types of financial aid (student loans and work study) are available to students?
A: U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans and work study to cover all educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses) up to the cost of education. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student (no parental data required), students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and request that their information be sent to Tulane University.
Q: What types of financial aid are available to international students?
A: International students may seek to borrow funds through the Alternative loan program, however, this option requires that the student have a credit-worthy cosigner who is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students should explore International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) website for additional scholarship and loan opportunities. This online resource offers a searchable database which provides direct links to a number of organizations offering assistance to fund study in the United States. Latin American students from any member country of the Organization of American States (OAS) can seek to borrow funds through the Rowe Fund loan program. The Rowe Fund offers up to $15,000 in an interest-free loan to cover the cost of graduate studies.
MACCT cost of attendance 2019-20
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate for educational related expenses for a single person for the nine month academic period established by the University. The COA is based on federal guidelines and is utilized to determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Listed below is the estimated COA for the 2019-2020 academic year which will be used for budgeting purposes. Please note that the COA is updated annually (March) and does not include summer enrollment or anticipated expenses for spouses and dependents.
Freeman School Tuition
(Currently, $1,800 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year). - This cost per credit hour of $1,800 assumes that a student registers for a normally progressing average course load of 30 credit hours per year and is subject to future annual increases based on university tuition rates. Fellowship applies to tuition only, and tuition is updated in annually in March of each year.
Academic Support Service Fee
This fee entitles a student to use the supplementary services of the university library, certain computer services, data and voice hookups, Educational Resources and Counseling, and other academic support services. The cost of the Academic Support Service fee is $100 per credit hour.
Health Center Fee
A mandatory university fee of $320 per semester for all full-time students which covers usage costs of the Student Health Center on campus. The total Health Center Fee is $640 for the year.
Student Activity Fee and Recreation Center Fee (Fall and Spring)
There are two separate mandatory University fees. The Student Activity fee of $120 per semester, entitles students to participate in or attend supported activities, readership of a weekly student newspaper, admission to intercollegiate athletic events, movies, concerts and lectures. The Reily Center Fee of $180 per semester covers membership at the fitness center. The two fees combined are $600 for the year.
Total Tuition and University Fees
Additional Allowable Expenses (can be included in student loans)
Room & Board
Estimated budget for rent, utilities and meals for a nine month period of enrollment for a single student.
Students may request that the cost of a new computer (along with other specific allowable expenses) up to $2,500 be added to their budget as outlined in the “Financial Aid Policy for Inclusion of Computer Cost in a Student’s Cost of Attendance.” Please refer to the Financial Aid website to see the specific documents required to allow this one-time expense.
Health Insurance Premium (per academic year, subject to change)
(per academic year, subject to change) All full-time Tulane University students are required to carry health insurance coverage equal to or greater than the university requirements. Each year, full-time students must either enroll in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan or waive enrollment in this plan by providing proof of other adequate coverage. Currently, premiums are billed in the amount of $1,630.00 per semester for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students whose program begins in the summer will also be required to carry adequate health insurance. Please note that the 2019-2020 insurance policy may differ due to recent health care reform, and the new plan and premiums are announced by the Student Health Center in mid-summer.
Estimated cost for local transportation during the nine month period of enrollment.
Estimated cost for first year of program for books and supplies.
Estimated amount for other essential expenses during the nine month period of enrollment.