The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program offered by Gardner-Webb University is structured to prepare today's accountant for the significant changes that are impacting the accounting profession. 

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Master of Accountancy class

A Master of Accountancy will provide you with the technical skills, advanced training in specific disciplines, and reality-based education experience to prepare you for upper-level accounting careers and financial positions in today’s dynamic global business environment.

Graduate Admissions

As a student in the Master of Accountancy program, you will deepen your knowledge of the key functions of accounting and how it applies to economics, finance, international business, management, information systems, marketing, operations, statistics, and more. You will learn how to demonstrate leadership and business decision-making skills, while also gaining experience in the application of accounting concepts through internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulations, and interaction with business leaders.

The program will also provide you with the educational experience to meet the North Carolina State Board of Public Accountancy’s 150-hour requirement to obtain the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination.

A graduate degree in accounting offers advanced training for careers that include:

  1. financial management
  2. budget analysis
  3. financial planning
  4. taxes
  5. auditing
  6. research
  7. record keeping

Graduates often work for accounting firms, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies, and businesses such as hospitals, public school systems, multinational corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to the University’s prerequisites, the Master of Accountancy requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate studies, including 15 hours of core curriculum, nine accounting elective hours and six graduate business elective hours. A student may take nine to 15 accounting elective hours by selecting an emphasis, or a combination of different areas. The required curriculum includes a Capstone course in advanced auditing.

Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application with a $40 non-refundable processing fee
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • Minimum GPA as detailed below
  • Official transcripts from every accredited institution attended, sent to gradinfo@gardner-webb.edu or mailed to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

  • Satisfaction of any prerequisites stipulated by the Academic Catalog

College Credit and Testing

There is no testing requirement for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA or a minimum 3.0 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.60 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses, AND have completed at least three years of professional work experience within a relevant industry sector as determined by the Admissions Committee and verified by a professional résumé

GPA+GMAT Option

Applicants with a GPA below the 2.5 minimum can still qualify for the program with a QA (Quantitative Acceptance) Formula score of 950 or better. To qualify for this option, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.25 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  2. Obtain a minimum GMAT score of 450 (GRE is accepted using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent)

The QA score is determined with the QA Formula:

(GPA x 200)+GMAT Score >= 950

For example, a 2.25 overall GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 950, which is acceptable for full admission.

Applicants with a GPA below the 2.5 minimum can still qualify for the program with a QA (Quantitative Acceptance) Formula score of 950 or better. To qualify for this option, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.25 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  2. Obtain a minimum GMAT score of 450 (GRE is accepted using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent)

The QA score is determined with the QA Formula:

(GPA x 200)+GMAT Score >= 950

For example, a 2.25 overall GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 950, which is acceptable for full admission.

Financial Aid

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA).

Gardner-Webb University School code is 002929.

If you have any further questions about your FAFSA regarding financial aid, you may contact the Financial Planning Office at 704-406-4243 or via email

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