• MS in Accounting

    This program prepares students for leadership roles in financial accounting and managerial accounting. Students gain general business knowledge and specialized accounting skills necessary for success. In addition, the program prepares students to pass the CPA Exam, both by covering the content areas of the exam and by satisfying the 150 credit-hour requirement of Pennsylvania and many other U.S. states.

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  • DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

    At Katz, we prepare our students to gain a broad introduction to their distinct business area and develop the advanced technical skills sought by the world’s leading organizations. See our sample schedule below.

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    Faculty Director, MS in Accounting Program

    Karen Shastri
    Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Director of the Master of Science in Accounting Program
    E-mail: kshastri@katz.pitt.edu

    Important Curriculum Information

    Students who have successfully completed any of the core courses from a U.S. institution can waive the requirement, and select other elective courses to complete the 30 graduate credits required in the program. Students can choose electives from the accounting area, or from the MBA course catalog. 

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    Before taking certain courses in the MS in Accounting (MAcc) program, students must have completed the 18 credits of prerequisite courses listed below at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or better:

    • Financial Accounting
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Intermediate Financial Reporting I
    • Intermediate Financial Reporting II
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Auditing

    Students who have not completed some or all of the prerequisite coursework can do so while enrolled in the MAcc program. However, credits earned for these courses do not count toward the 30 graduate credits required for the MAcc degree. Completing prerequisite coursework within the MAcc will lengthen a student’s program. 
     

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    Fall Term

    15

    Credits

    A finely-tuned core coursework designed to offer a solid foundation in business.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 2251 Forensic Accounting

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2251 Forensic Accounting

      Course Description

      Fraud is extremely costly to our society, and the costs seem to be growing. The AICPA recently called forensic accounting one of the seven hot, new, "sizzling" career areas in accounting. It is estimated that there will be a shortage of between 25,000 and 50,000 professionals working in this area in the next few years in the U.S., so there are many opportunities for students knowledgeable in fraud to work in various federal agencies (e.g. FBI), major corporations, and professional service firms. The objectives of the forensics course are to familiarize students with several forms of fraud and the methods that fraud examiners use to prevent and detect it. Students will develop expertise in detecting financial statement fraud from the external auditor perspective, and learn how to use technology to detect fraud. They will acquire a basic understanding of how interviews are conducted in order to detect deception. The class will also provide a historical view of financial statement fraud. The tools used in the class will include interviewing, document examination, and public records searches, which will be helpful to students wanting to become consultants, auditors, tax professionals, managers, etc. The class, of course, includes an ethics component. It will help students to understand the common ethical dilemmas that they might encounter in the business world, and will help prepare them to resist pressure to commit fraud. Prerequisites: Must have significant previous accounting coursework including an auditing course. See academic advisor for enrollment eligibility.

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2258 Strategic Cost Management

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2258 Strategic Cost Management

      Course Description

      The quality, timeliness and credibility of the cost information used in corporate decision-making can have a significant impact on value creation. This is because cost information is important not only in strategy formulation and in the development and implementation of action plans that link strategies to value creation, but also because such data serve as measures of financial performance for products, processes, organizational sub-units and managers. In particular, product and service cost estimates have a major influence on corporate strategic decisions such as pricing, resource allocation, product development, supply chain design and customer focused management. In addition, product costs are informative signals of operational efficiency. Therefore, they constitute financial measures of the success of management actions such as continuous improvement and business process reengineering. Over-aggregate or obsolete cost systems can have a significant adverse impact on cost reduction in particular and overall corporate strategy and competitiveness in general. The objective of this course is to develop an integrated approach to analyzing these issues. In particular, we will study (a) how product cost measurement affects strategy and resource allocation decisions; (b) how to be sophisticated users of cost feedback and how to understand the strategic distortions that are induced by flaws in cost system design; (c) the strategic role of value-driver information and the relationship between process improvement and cost reduction; (d) the use of budgetary control systems and financial measures in performance evaluation and management and (e) incentive conflicts in organizations and their mitigation through appropriate mechanisms. Prerequisites: BACC 2401 Financial Accounting. Please note: Due to content overlap, students CANNOT have already completed either BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting or BACC 2549 Strategic Cost Analysis, nor may they register for these courses in subsequent terms, if they elect to register for BACC 2258.

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2525 Financial Statement Analysis

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2525 Financial Statement Analysis

      Course Description

      Financial statement analysis focuses on the evaluation of publicly traded company financial statements and related note disclosures as well as the correlation of this historical financial data with the company's stock prices. This course helps students develop a systematic approach to analyzing reported financial data and understanding the underlying risks and possible inconsistencies across companies. Requirements of the course include interim exams and written and oral presentations of analysis. Prerequisites: Must have completed BACC 2401 Financial Accounting or comparable graduate course with a grade of B+ or better AND EITHER BUSACC 1205 CBA Intermediate Financial Reporting with a grade of B or better OR BACC 2510 and BACC 2511 MBA Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis 1 and 2 (1.5 credits each) with a grade of B or better. Please note: this course will follow the official University calendar for breaks.

      3 Credits

    • BSEO 2315 Business Law

      3 CREDITS

      BSEO 2315 Business Law

      Course Description

      The primary objectives of this course are (1) to identify the many types of business actions which require decision makers to analyze ethical issues; and (2) to teach students when, why, and how ethical issues should be made a part of the decision-making process. Prerequisites: none.

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2559 Individual Tax Accounting And Planning

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2559 Individual Tax Accounting And Planning

      Course Description

      This course focuses on individual tax return preparation and planning. Students will learn how to calculate the taxes associated with a variety of personal, investment, property, and sole-proprietorship transactions. Concepts will be reinforced through the preparation of actual tax returns that reflect different combinations of such transactions. Students will develop tax planning skills by considering how various transactions can be restructured to minimize the current or future tax liability. Prerequisites: Must have completed BACC 2401 Financial Accounting or comparable graduate course with a grade of B or better. Please note: this course will follow the official University calendar for fall term breaks.

      3 Credits

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    Spring Term

    15

    Credits

    Specialized courses and real-world application of fundamental tools and theories.

    Sample Courses

    • BACC 2252—Corporate Tax Accounting and Planning

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2252—Corporate Tax Accounting and Planning

      Course Description

      The objective of this course is to help students understand how important features of the Internal Revenue Code influence decisions regarding how to organize and structure business operations and select the most appropriate form of doing business. The course begins with a comparison of the issues surrounding the choice of taxable business entity, comparing the regular corporation (C Corporation), the small business corporation (S Corporation), the partnership, and the sole proprietorship. After this, the course focuses primarily on the C Corporation and the S Corporation and the underlying principles that determine their respective tax bases and resulting tax obligations. Tax planning is an integral part of the course. Income shifting, tax deductions, tax credits, and income exclusions are discussed in detail. The course uses case studies (including some reflecting an international tax perspective) and tax return preparation to help students to apply the theory and detail of the tax code. Course materials are updated as tax laws change. Prerequisites: Must have completed BACC 2257 Individual Tax Accounting and Planning, BACC 2537 Taxes and Management Decisions, or comparable course with a grade of B or better.

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2254 Advanced Financial Accounting

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2254 Advanced Financial Accounting

      Course Description

      This course covers topics that are of particular interest to financial report preparers and auditors. Special emphasis is placed on accounting for business combinations and consolidated financial reporting. Other topics include international accounting, accounting for partnerships, and accounting by fiduciaries. Prerequisites: Must have completed BACC 2401 Financial Accounting or comparable graduate course with a grade of B+ or better AND EITHER BUSACC 1205 CBA Intermediate Financial Reporting with a grade of B or better OR BACC 2510 and BACC 2511 MBA Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis 1 and 2 (1.5 credits each) with a grade of B or better. Please note: this course will follow the official University calendar.

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2258 Strategic Cost Management

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2258 Strategic Cost Management

      Course Description

      The quality, timeliness and credibility of the cost information used in corporate decision-making can have a significant impact on value creation. This is because cost information is important not only in strategy formulation and in the development and implementation of action plans that link strategies to value creation, but also because such data serve as measures of financial performance for products, processes, organizational sub-units and managers. In particular, product and service cost estimates have a major influence on corporate strategic decisions such as pricing, resource allocation, product development, supply chain design and customer focused management. In addition, product costs are informative signals of operational efficiency. Therefore, they constitute financial measures of the success of management actions such as continuous improvement and business process reengineering. Over-aggregate or obsolete cost systems can have a significant adverse impact on cost reduction in particular and overall corporate strategy and competitiveness in general. The objective of this course is to develop an integrated approach to analyzing these issues. In particular, we will study (a) how product cost measurement affects strategy and resource allocation decisions; (b) how to be sophisticated users of cost feedback and how to understand the strategic distortions that are induced by flaws in cost system design; (c) the strategic role of value-driver information and the relationship between process improvement and cost reduction; (d) the use of budgetary control systems and financial measures in performance evaluation and management and (e) incentive conflicts in organizations and their mitigation through appropriate mechanisms. Prerequisites: BACC 2401 Financial Accounting. Please note: Due to content overlap, students CANNOT have already completed either BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting or BACC 2549 Strategic Cost Analysis, nor may they register for these courses in subsequent terms, if they elect to register for BACC 2258.

      3 Credits

    • MAcc Electives

      15 CREDITS

      MAcc Electives

      Course Description

      Choose from the approved elective courses below or download the MS Accounting Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 


    Recommended Electives

    Choose from the approved elective courses below or download the MS Accounting Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

    • BACC 2540 SEC Reporting and Disclosure

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2540 SEC Reporting and Disclosure

      Course Description

      This accounting elective is designed for MAcc students as a capstone course in financial accounting. The course covers the rules for financial disclosures under the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is meant to expose students to the financial reporting processes followed by public companies. The fundamentals of the following processes will be covered: earnings releases; quarterly reporting; annual reporting; proxy statements; comment letters and company responses; benefit plan reporting; working with the Division of Corporation Finance and working the Division of Enforcement. Hot topics in SEC reporting and advanced disclosure topics, such as special areas of revenue recognition, management’s discussion and analysis, asset retirement obligations, leasing, corporate restructurings, business acquisitions/spin offs, forward looking statements and disclosures about market risk will be covered. Prerequisite: BACC 2254 and BUSACC 1238 Scheduled for: Fall Term

    • BACC 2466 Risk Management

      BACC 2466 Risk Management

      Course Description

      This course will be valuable to MBA and MAcc students interested in working for global businesses, regardless of their desired career paths. As business organizations continue to seek growth in markets outside the United States and Western Europe, they will face increasingly complex and difficult challenges, including compliance with U.S. and foreign criminal and civil laws in places that are corrupt. Compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids businesses from providing certain benefits to government officials, is essential for global organizations, as penalties are severe. And to succeed in their careers, auditors will need to understand that businesses in certain geographic areas maintain multiple sets of books and hide bribery and tax fraud schemes. Strategic planners and supply-chain professionals will face cross-border risks, including demands by government customs and tax inspectors for bribe payments. Energy executives will confront violence, corruption and supply-chain problems in many oil and gas-producing areas. Sales professionals will confront demands for kickbacks. The course will cover these issues, and will provide students with the knowledge and compliance tools necessary to advance their professional careers in a global economy: why culture and geography matter in business; fraud and corruption issues in emerging economies; why the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Matters; using Transparency International as a tool to assess risk; red flags for international organizations; fraud and corruption issues in mature economies; compliance strategies for global organizations – policies, procedures, training, due diligence, audit; why macro issues of politics and corruption matter to business executives; crisis management; security issues. Prerequisites: None

    • BACC 2542 Accounting and Finance Law (MAcc course)

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2542 Accounting and Finance Law (MAcc course)

      Course Description

      This course aims to provide MAcc and MBA candidates with advanced legal information that is necessary for effectuating management level responsibilities in the contemporary business environment. This course is designed to enhance a business student’s knowledge of the law in a manner that also is strategically consistent with the content of the CPA exam. Prerequisites: BSEO 2513 Business Law or BSEO 2528 Legal Environment of Business 1

      3 Credits

    • BACC 2543 Tax Policy (MAcc course)

      BACC 2543 Tax Policy (MAcc course)

      Course Description

      Our nation was born from a revolution over taxation without representation. Nearly 250 years later, the debate over tax policy continues to dominate political debates and presidential campaigns. Why the tax system attracts all this attention is no mystery. It is the aspect of government that directly affects more people than any other. This course will explore the history of tax policy in the United States, the tax legislative process in Congress, how our tax policies influence people's decisions and behavior, international tax considerations, and ideas for future tax reform. Students will discuss what factors are important in designing a good tax system and survey the social justices and injustices that arise from how the government raises its revenue. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to think critically about our tax system and form opinions grounded in facts and policy. This course is for any student that wants to become a more educated citizen (and voter!) with respect to our nation's ongoing debate over tax reform. Prerequisites: BACC 2529 Individual Tax Accounting and Planning. Due to the online nature of this course, students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer to class.

    • BACC 2557 Accounting Research and Writing

      BACC 2557 Accounting Research and Writing

      Course Description

      This course focuses on improving students' writing, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills as they conduct research to make a recommendation on the accounting treatment for transactions for which no direct or clear guidance currently exists. Weekly writing assignments are evaluated on both content and the quality of the writing. Prerequisites: Must have completed BACC 2401 Financial Accounting or comparable graduate course with a grade of B+ or better.

    • BACC 2534 Controllership

      1.5 CREDITS

      BACC 2534 Controllership

      Course Description

      This accounting elective is designed for MAcc students seeking a role in corporate accounting and controls. The course will cover the changing role of the controller and the major functions managed by the controller of a typical company. Topics covered include: role of the controller, general accounting, cash management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, financial planning and budgeting, management reporting and designing well-controlled financial processes and systems. The content will focus not only on the processes managed by the controller, but also the optimization of these processes, policies and procedures and leadership issues. The use of experts from the accounting community will be used as a complement to the theoretical materials presented to illustrate the practical applications and challenges of controllership. Prerequisite: BACC 2254, BACC 2258, BUSACC 1238 Scheduled for: Spring Term

    • BACC 2523 Data Analytics

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2523 Data Analytics

      Course Description

      Accounting analytics exposes MAcc students to the role of data in accounting and the information technology tools and techniques used by accountants and auditors to produce more timely and accurate reports. Topics include advanced Excel, data modeling, statistical sampling and cluster analysis, business intelligence, and XBRL generation and analysis. The course will cover data analytics covering four major themes: financial reporting, performance evaluation, audit analytics, and tax. Each theme will include hands-on instruction using commercial and open source software and requires students to complete a related data analysis project. Prerequisite: BUSACC 1236 Scheduled for: Spring Term

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    Academics

  • TAKE THE FIRST STEP

    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    Before You Apply

    Basic Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements before filling out an online application.

    Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu.

    The GMAT/GRE exam is waived for currently enrolled Accounting undergraduate students at University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and the College of Business Administration (CBA) who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 as well as a major GPA of 3.25. Accounting undergraduates must also have completed at least 90 credits before requesting a GMAT waiver. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams.

     

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    The Application

    Getting Started

    The following information and components are necessary to advance in the application process.

    Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu

    In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) program an applicant must submit all of the following items:

    1. Online application 
    2. Application fee of $50. This fee is required of applicants who are not currently enrolled at University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and the College of Business Administration (CBA).  This fee is not refundable. Please make check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh. (Do not send cash).
    3. Official transcripts. An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application.  The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process.  Once an applicant is admitted to the MAcc program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested.
    4. Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Accounting, the school code you must provide to Pearson Inc for the GMAT is DPZ-M5-58 and to ETS for the GRE is 6950.
    5. Two letters of recommendation from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and email address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic email from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation. 
    6. International applicants must also submit the following: (a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Accounting, the school code you must provide to ETS is 4202.

    All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to:

    Katz Graduate Admissions
    The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    301 Mervis Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

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    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    • How can I make an appointment to speak with an advisor about the MAcc Program?

      If you are interested in learning more about the MAcc Program, please send an e-mail stating your name, academic background, and contact information to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. An advisor will respond to your request with available meeting times.

    • When does the MAcc Program start?

      The MAcc program begins in the fall semester. Limited exceptions may be made by the MAcc Admissions Committee to allow for other start terms.

    • How long is the MAcc Program?

      A student's academic background will determine the length of their MAcc Program. Students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses can typically finish the program in two terms. Other students may take three to four terms to complete the program. 

    • How much does the MAcc Program cost?

      Tuition rates are listed on our website and are based on the current year's tuition. Please note that tuition rates for subsequent years are subject to change. The MAcc Program offers merit-based scholarships to outstanding students. Each student is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

    • What are the requirements for applying to the MAcc Program?

      All applicants must be completing or have completed the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor's degree in any field of study. You may take prerequisite courses while completing graduate level courses. You do not need to complete all prerequisite courses before entering the MAcc Program.

    • Can I take prerequisite courses at a different university?

      Prerequisite courses taken at all other institutions will be reviewed by Katz faculty to determine their equivalency to University of Pittsburgh courses. You will need to provide a syllabus and a course description for any courses for which a waiver is requested. The MAcc Program will accept Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting from a community college; however, all other prerequisite courses must be completed at a four-year accredited institution. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in a prerequisite course for the course to be waived.

    • Can I waive the GMAT/GRE?

      The GMAT and GRE exams are waived for University of Pittsburgh branch campus and College of Business Administration (CBA) Accounting undergraduate students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 as well as a major GPA of 3.25. Branch campus and CBA Accounting majors must also have completed at least 90 credits before requesting a GMAT or GRE waiver. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams.

    • Can I take the GMAT/GRE after I have been accepted (conditional admission)?

      No, we do not accept any applicants on a conditional basis.

    • Who may write my letters of recommendation?

      Of the two letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee strongly prefers to read at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. However, if you have been out of school for some time, asking employers/supervisors to write your letters of recommendation will be sufficient.

    • Do I need work experience?

      No, the MAcc Program does not require work experience. However, work experience is a way for your application to stand out from the others. Highlighting any work experience you have is encouraged.

    • Are certain parts of my application more important than others?

      All parts of the MAcc application are important. The Admissions Committee will review your entire file, including reading application essays, letters of recommendation, GMAT scores, and your academic record. It is important to describe your skills, explain why you wish to complete a MAcc degree, and your career goals upon completion.

    • What is your GMAT/GRE requirement?

      A satisfactory GMAT/GRE score is required to be admitted to the MAcc program. Most admitted students have scored between 600 and 700 on the GMAT.

    • What is your GPA requirement?

      We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, however, most admitted students have GPAs of 3.2 or higher.

    • What is your TOEFL/IELTS requirement?

      Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL with a score of 100 (iBT) or higher or the IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 or higher.

    • International MAcc Applicant?

      International students are a critical piece of the overall success of our Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) program. We review each application in its entirety and make a strong effort to web-conference with candidates selected by our admissions committee. The MAcc staff and faculty are committed to assisting all students with their goals and ambitions and expect students to participate in the social and professional development activities hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and the Katz Graduate School of Business.  Participation and engagement with faculty, staff, and peers will enhance your experience as a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

      Here are some helpful tips during the application process:

      • There is one essay required as part of the online application. Essays should be no longer than one page, written in an essay format (no bullet points), and typed in Arial font.
      • Applicants must attach a résumé as part of the online application.  Applicants will use Arial font and black ink only.
      • During the online application process, you will be asked to list two people whom will serve as references. These references will receive an automated email from Katz Admissions asking them to complete an online evaluation form and subsequent letter of recommendation.
      • Exam score reports can take up to four weeks to be received by our office.  Keep this in mind when considering the application round for which you are applying.
      • Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Do not send copies of letters.
      • Do not send any financial statements. Financial statements are only necessary once an applicant has been admitted and accepts our admission offer.
      • The MAcc program uses an online application portal to communicate your application status directly to you. Only after you submit an application will you be able to view your application status and what application materials we have received. Before contacting our office regarding a piece of your application, please submit your application first.
      • Note each application deadline and its coinciding notification deadline listed on our website. If you do not submit your application prior to an application deadline, your application will be considered in the next round.
      • Check your entire application before submitting it and carefully proofread each email that you send to the MAcc program. We use all of your email correspondences in our review of your application.
    • Where can I find more information about housing for graduate students attending the University of Pittsburgh?

      Off-Campus Living provides a wealth of resources regarding housing available near the University. The city of Pittsburgh's cost of living is very affordable and plenty of excellent housing is available in the charming and secure neighborhoods surrounding the University.

    • Where can I find more information about the city of Pittsburgh?

      Pittsburgh is a city rich in history, cultural activities and sporting events. For more information, please visit http://www.coolpgh.pitt.edu/.

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    ROLLING ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

    The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the MS in Accounting (MAcc) Program in rounds between October and May. The deadline date and an associated date by which we will advise you of the committee's admission decision are shown below. To be guaranteed consideration for a given round, the committee must have received a completed application including all required documents.

    Application Deadlines

    Decision Notification

    October 1

    December 15

    December 1

    February 15

    February 1

    • Deadline for scholarship consideration
    • Deadline for international applicants

    April 15

    April 1

    May 15

    Deadlines that occur on a holiday or weekend will be extended through the next business day.

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    In 2009, Pennsylvania adopted CPA licensure guidelines similar to other states. To become a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania, students must complete 150 academic credit hours, have one year of work experience (1,600 hours), and pass the CPA Exam. According to the NASBA 2012 Uniform CPA Examination School Performance results, first-time test takers from the University of Pittsburgh who completed the CPA exam within one year of graduation, boast a 75% pass rate, compared to an average pass rate of 61% by all Pennsylvania Institutions. The Katz MAcc program strives to improve the pass rate by teaching elements of the CPA exam not customarily covered at the undergraduate level, such as governmental and nonprofit accounting.

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    International Applicants

    International Applicants

    International Application Process

    Pursuing a master’s degree in the United States may seem like a daunting task; choosing a school to apply to and deciphering its application process may seem even more challenging. The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) program requires the following in order to complete an application:

    1. Complete and submit the online application.  After submitting your application, mail us the following paperwork:
      1. Official transcripts from any previous coursework
      2. GMAT and TOEFL reports (or GRE or IELTS scores, if applicable)

    Helpful Tips:

    1. There is one essay required as part of the online application. Essays should be no longer than one page, written in an essay format (no bullet points), and typed in Arial font.
    2. Applicants must also attach a résumé as part of the online application.  Applicants will use Arial font and black ink only. This will help your résumé look more professional.
    3. During the online application process, you will be asked to list two people whom will serve as references. These references will receive an automated email from Katz Admissions asking them to complete an online evaluation form and subsequent letter of recommendation.
    4. Exam score reports can take up to four weeks to be received by our office.  Keep this in mind when considering the application round for which you are applying.
    5. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Do not send copies of letters.
    6. Do not send any financial statements. Financial statements are only necessary once an applicant has been admitted and accepts our admission offer.
    7. The MAcc program uses an online application portal to communicate your application status directly to you. Only after you submit an application will you be able to view your application status and what application materials we have received. Before contacting our office regarding a piece of your application, please submit your application first.
    8. Note each application deadline and its coinciding notification deadline listed on our website. If you do not submit your application prior to an application deadline, your application will be considered in the next round.

    Check your entire application before submitting it and carefully proofread each email that you send to the MAcc program. We use all of your email correspondences in our review of your application.

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    International Student MAcc Curriculum

    Both the University of Pittsburgh’s undergraduate College of Business Administration and its Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business focus on the American system of accounting, U.S. GAAP.  Depending on the country from where you received your undergraduate degree, you may need to complete prerequisite courses as part of the Katz MAcc program.  Even if you majored in accounting at your undergraduate institution, if you did not learn U.S. GAAP, you will need to complete prerequisite courses as determined by the MAcc academic advisors.

    The curriculum follows a fairly strict sequence of courses in order to ensure academic success. Students entering the program from other countries with an undergraduate degree in a business-related field are often able to waive our Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting courses. This shortens the program from a 48-credit program (taking two years to complete) to a 42-credit program (taking one and a half years to complete). These prerequisite courses will not only help you be successful with graduate-level accounting courses, they will help you pass the CPA exam.

    In addition to completing the Katz MAcc prerequisite courses and required accounting graduate courses, you can choose six credits of electives. Students typically choose electives from the Katz MBA program or accounting-related electives.

    For specific curriculum related questions, please email us at macc@katz.pitt.edu.

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    International Student Resources

    OIS – The Office of International Services (OIS) at the University of Pittsburgh provides helpful resources for our international students. Students can use “My OIS” to submit requests directly to one of Pitt’s many immigration specialists, or stop in during open office hours. OIS also hosts the Experience America series, which is a great way for our students to get involved on campus.

    Student Organizations – There are hundreds of student organizations at the University of Pittsburgh that cover many different interests including recreational, religious, student government, and intramural sports.

    Career Management – While finding placement in the United States after graduation can be challenging at times, our Career Management staff has years of experience working with international students and understand ways to overcome the barriers to U.S. placement. The Katz MAcc program staff will review your résumé, assist you with your job search strategy, and host Professional Development Academies throughout the academic year.  We encourage students to have a multi-tiered international job search strategy in addition to a U.S. job search strategy. 

    UCIS – The University Center for International Studies houses several international research organizations such as the Asian Studies Center. The mission of the UCIS is “is to integrate and reinforce all the strands of international scholarship in the University in research, teaching, and public service.” Many students use the UCIS as a way to stay involved with their home country.

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    • Have you received my application documents?

      Please allow ample time for overseas mail to be processed. You can check the progress of your submitted information on the online application page here.

    • I did not major in accounting during my undergraduate career. Can I still apply?

      We encourage students with different undergraduate concentrations to apply to our program. Here is a sample schedule for a student with limited or no accounting coursework. Please note that students with limited accounting coursework typically complete the MAcc program in approximately 20 months (three to four terms). Also, a student with no accounting coursework (i.e. English majors, Communication majors, etc.) may face many difficulties when trying to obtain employment in the U.S.

    • Am I qualified to be admitted?

      The average GMAT score for our international applicants is 700+, TOEFL is 100+, IELTS is 7.0. Our international applicant pool is extremely competitive. The admissions committee will review an entire application, which includes reading letters of recommendation and applicant essays.

    • Can I send you a scanned copy of my GMAT?

      We do not accept unofficial, applicant- sent copies. Please contact the respective testing agencies and request your scores be sent to the following address:

      Director, MAcc
      Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
      276 Mervis Hall
      University of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, PA 15260

      GMAT-MS in Accounting Program - DPZ-M5-58

      TOEFL- MS in Accounting Program – 4202

    • Do I need a WES certification for my international transcript?

      The MAcc program does not require WES certification. Please make sure to request an official, English translation included with the transcript in your native language. The transcript must be sent in a sealed envelope from your university.

    • Where can I check my application status?

      If you have submitted your application, you can check your application status online here.

    • After I apply, how long will I have to wait until receiving an admissions decision?

      When you will receive your admission decision depends on when you applied. You can find decision notification dates here.

    • Does the committee only look at TOEFL?

      The admissions committee takes every piece of your application into consideration. The committee looks for well-rounded students, both academically and personally. The committee is interested in your hobbies, personality, weaknesses, and strengths. Make sure your application is an accurate reflection of you as an individual.

    • Can I request an interview?

      The admissions committee makes decisions regarding who they would like to speak with regarding their application. If chosen, you will receive an invitation via email to web-conference with a member of our admissions committee.

    • Do I need to send financial documents with my application?

      No. We only require applicants who have been admitted and accept our admission offer to submit financial documents.

    • What do I need to physically mail to the program?

      You only need to send your transcript and request GMAC and/or ETS to send your exam scores. We do not need copies of your resume, letters of recommendations, or GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL score reports that were submitted online.

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  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

    Tuition & Fees

    Program Tuition & Fees

    Students enrolled for 9-15 credits in the fall and/or spring term will be classified as full-time students and pay full-time tuition and fees as shown below. Students enrolled for less than 9 credits in any term will pay a per credit amount for tuition ($1,083 per credit for in-state students and $1,543 per credit for out-of-state students) and part-time fees of $620 per term. Students enrolled for more than 15 credits in the fall and/or spring term will pay full-time tuition and fees as shown below plus the per credit amount ($1,083 per credit for in-state students and $1,543 per credit for out-of-state students) for each additional credit beyond 15 credits. Summer term (either full-time or part-time enrollment) tuition is calculated at the part-time per credit rate.

     
     

    Tuition

    $19,332.00

    Professional Development Fee

    $850.00

    Activity Fee

    $30.00

    Wellness Fee

    $130.00

    Computing & Network Fee

    $175.00

    Security & Transportation

    $90.00

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (per term)

    $20,607.00

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    Students enrolled for 9-15 credits in the fall and/or spring term will be classified as full-time students and pay full-time tuition and fees as shown below. Students enrolled for less than 9 credits in any term will pay a per credit amount for tuition ($1,083 per credit for in-state students and $1,543 per credit for out-of-state students) and part-time fees of $620 per term. Students enrolled for more than 15 credits in the fall and/or spring term will pay full-time tuition and fees as shown below plus the per credit amount ($1,083 per credit for in-state students and $1,543 per credit for out-of-state students) for each additional credit beyond 15 credits. Summer term (either full-time or part-time enrollment) tuition is calculated at the part-time per credit rate.

     
     

    Tuition

    $14,270.00

    Professional Development

    $850.00

    Activity Fee

    $30.00

    Wellness Fee

    $130.00

    Computing & Network

    $175.00

    Security & Transportation

    $90.00

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (per term)

    $15,545.00

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