When does the MAcc program start and how many credits does it have?

The MAcc is a 30-credit program that starts in the fall semester. It can be completed in one year with daytime and evening courses or in two years with evening courses.

What kind of financial aid options are available for graduate students?

Financial aid can take many forms. At Duquesne University, graduate student financial aid can be scholarships, assistantships, federal work study, and student loans. The MAcc program offers merit-based scholarships to outstanding students. Each student is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee. Furthermore, Duquesne University offers Graduate Assistantships for qualified students.

What are the requirements for applying to the MAcc Program?

Candidates for admission to the MAcc program will have successfully completed a minimum of 15 undergraduate credits in accounting.

What are the prerequisite courses in Accounting*?

The following courses (or equivalent coursework) are required to be completed prior to enrollment in the MAcc program:
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II

*Students interested in becoming a CPA in the state of Pennsylvania are recommended to complete a class in taxation to fulfill the state's licensing requirements. A B average or better in all accounting courses is required for admissions consideration.

Applicants who opt to take a Pass/No Pass grade in a prerequisite course during Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will still be considered for admission into the program. The review committee will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the totality of a student's academic record and other admission packet material.

Where can I take the prerequisite courses?

Prerequisite courses can either be taken prior to enrollment in the MAcc Program at Duquesne University or at another institution. Please note that courses from other institutions will be reviewed by Duquesne faculty to determine their equivalency to Duquesne 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.

I have previously passed the CPA exam; do I still need to take the GMAT?

No. The GMAT exam is waived for anyone who has successfully completed all 4 parts of the CPA exam.

Can I take the GMAT after I have been accepted (conditional acceptance)?

No, we do not accept any applicants on a conditional basis. Students with an undergraduate business degree should refer to the GMAT requirements listed below.

Who may write my letters of recommendation?

Two letters of recommendation are needed for the application process. The Admission Committee prefers to receive one academic and one professional recommendation. However, if you have been out of school for several years, we will accept two professional recommendations.

What is your GMAT requirement?

A GMAT score of 500 or higher is preferred for our MAcc applicants. If your score is lower, we recommend that you consider scheduling an appointment to retake the GMAT in the near future to improve your chances for admission. Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree in the last 10 years from an AACSB-accredited school and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher may waive the GMAT requirement.

What is your GPA requirement?

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

What is your TOEFL requirement?

Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL with a score of 90 (iBT) or higher.

Will enrolling in Duquesne's MAcc program help me to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

Yes, in two ways. First, the program is thirty credits and when combined with your undergraduate degree will enable you to meet the 150 hours required by Pennsylvania and most of the states to become a CPA. Second, the coursework in our MAcc curriculum will provide you with additional knowledge of topics covered on the CPA exam, improving your ability to pass the exam.