MAcct Program Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the University of Montana MAcct program.  Applying to the MAcct program is easy.  Complete the following application steps by the chosen application deadline.  The admission committee evaluates applications within two weeks of the deadlines.  Questions about the process?  Contact Dawn Hambrick, Director of Graduate Operations (

Step 1: Complete Online Application

  • Complete the online application: Graduate School Application.
  • This is an electronic process that requires a $60 application fee due at the time of submission.

Step 2: Request Official Transcript(s)

  • Submit documentation showing all previous college coursework. If undergraduate degree was earned from the University of Montana, we do not require official transcript(s) to be submitted.
  • Please note that a 3.0 GPA is required for all completed upper division Accounting courses.
  • Submit official transcripts to:

Step 3: Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Submit letters provided by those qualified to attest to your academic potential or professional performance.
  • Names and email address are supplied during the application process and the letters will be electronically collected by the university
  • Letter of Recommendation Form

Step 4: Current Resume

  • Include all work experience with dates of employment.

Step 5: Letter of Intent

  • Address letter to the MAcct Review Committee, 2-3 paragraphs in standard business format. Describe your objective for receiving a Master of Accountancy, also outline your career highlights, achievements and goals.

Step 6: Official GMAT Scores (if required)

Submit official GMAT scores by the admission date, unless you have been granted a waiver (see below).  Scores should be no older than five years.  The admission committee considers GMAT scores along with all other applicant information.  In general, a GMAT score of at least 500, verbal and quant sections at the 25th percentile or higher, and writing of 3.5 or above is expected.  More information on the GMAT can be found at, including a complete description, test dates, and locations. 

 GMAT waiver – available to prospective students who meet all three of the following criteria at the application date:

  • At the date of application, submit a transcript that shows you:
    • have completed at least 11 upper division prerequisite accounting* credits at an AACSB-accredited business school, and 
    • have a GPA of 3.0 or better in all the upper division prerequisite accounting* courses completed to date
  • After acceptance, you must be complete the rest of the all upper division prerequisite accounting* courses at an AACSB-accredited business school and maintain a GPA of 3.0 in this group of courses.

Students who have earned any upper division prerequisite accounting* credits at a school that is not AACSB-accredited are not eligible for a waiver. 

 * Upper division prerequisite accounting courses include the following, or approved equivalents, taken within the last five years:  ACTG 305, 306, 307, 321, 401, 410, 411, 425, and 426 (23 cr).  If your coursework is over five years old, work experience applying the course content since you took it may be considered.

International students

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. NOTE: The TOEFL is waived for students whose undergraduate degree is from an English-speaking school.

TOEFL Score Requirements
Paper Based 580
Computer Based 237
Internet Based 92

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission Deadlines Spring Admission Deadlines Summer Admissions Deadline
February 1 October 1 February 1
April 1 December 1 April 1
July 1