On Campus MAcc Frequently Asked Questions
I am an Auburn undergrad - do I have to submit an official transcript for Auburn University? What about institutions at which I earned transfer credit?
Although not required, we recommend that students send official AU transcripts to MAcc Program Admissions; 356 Lowder Hall; Auburn University, AL 36849 (hard copies) or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-copies - PREFERRED) to expedite the application process. If you do not pay to provide your official transcript, the Graduate School will automatically order one from the Registrar at no cost to you. Note that this request is treated with low priority and may result in delayed processing of your application. Auburn University undergraduates ARE NOT required to report/submit transcripts for institutions at which you earned transfer credit unless you report those as previous institutions on your application.
Students who are not Auburn undergraduates should send an official transcript from ALL institutions from which you have received academic credit.
Do my references really need to be accounting professors? Should I have more than three references?
At least two of your references need to be accounting faculty (PhDs), and it is up to your discretion as to who your third will be. This can be another accounting PhD, or someone who knows your abilities and work ethic better than any professor (e.g. advisor or employer). We only require three references and do not recommend that you obtain more than four (if you had a hard time narrowing the list to just three). If you are a non-traditional student and several years removed from your undergraduate career, please contact the MAcc administration for guidance on who should provide your recommendations.
I have identified my three references – how should I proceed?
Before listing references on your e-application, contact each individual to ask if they are willing to provide a MAcc recommendation for you. This contact can be initiated via email (although they may also request an in-person meeting), providing a copy of your resume so they are aware of your qualifications. Once they've agreed to be your reference and you enter their information on the e-application, check the box indicating you WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO SEE THE RECOMMENDATION. After you submit, they’ll receive an email from the Auburn University Graduate School with instructions. Each recommender has the option of uploading an actual letter or, at minimum, answering a series of questions about you. When they complete your recommendation, you will not see what information they submitted (assuming you waived your right to see the rec). You will, however, see that person’s rec is no longer pending on your application.
Where in my application package should I account for a prospective accounting internship?
You should include prospective accounting internship information on your resume at the top of the experience section, but do not bullet any duties underneath (see below for example). On your e-application, you could also indicate your internship employer as your current employer (unless you truly have a current employer), just so we have the information in two places. If you are unaware of who your internship employer will be at the time of your application, we will allow you to complete the application with your current resume and email an updated copy to email@example.com once determined. We will attach the updated document to your completed e-application.
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How should I approach writing my Statement of Purpose?
Your statement of purpose should be a one page, double-spaced, essay-style account explaining a) why you want to pursue a MAcc, and b) why you want to attend Auburn’s program. In this document, you have an opportunity to explain any hardships you’ve overcome, grades that are not representative of your abilities, connections to Auburn or its MAcc program, etc. Please do not exceed one page and ensure your finished product is free from grammatical and spelling errors. Writing centers or career centers can be very helpful with this application component.
I took the GMAT once and didn't score a 600+ - do I need to take it again? Do my
Analytical Writing Scores and Integrated Reasoning scores matter?
Yes, anyone who has only taken the GMAT once and did not score at least a 600 (the Auburn MAcc’s average) should take the GMAT a second time unless otherwise directed by a MAcc Program administrator. If your score doesn’t improve to a 600+, please seek the guidance from Colby Lakas, MAcc Program Assistant Director, on how to proceed. We do not recommend that you take the GMAT more than three times, assuming you use some sort of preparation book or course. Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections are scored outside of the 200-800 range (1 to 8 scale); Auburn places the most emphasis on the composite score, but does review the scores for IR/AW. More information about the GMAT can be found at www.mba.com.
I am re-taking the GMAT to get a higher score or haven’t taken it yet - can I go ahead and apply?
Yes, you can start the application process if you are trying to increase your GMAT score or have plans to take it in the near future. On the e-application, you’ll either provide your existing score or LEAVE THE SECTION BLANK if you have not taken the test yet. As long as you submit your "final" score to Auburn University by the application deadline (we take the highest composite score of multiple attempts), you can complete every other application requirement in the meantime. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your plans if you will be retaking the GMAT following application submission, and also email your advisory score report when available (critical if you take the test close to the deadline).
Do I have to have all recommendations completed by 12/1, or just have them requested?
For Auburn undergrads and any applicant wishing to meet the priority deadline, all aspects of your MAcc application (including COMPLETE recommendations) need to be fulfilled by 12/1. Bear in mind that many faculty will NOT respond to emails during the Thanksgiving break, and that includes recommendation requests. It is your responsibility to ensure they complete your request before the deadline. Merely requesting them by 12/1 will not suffice. For students who are not Auburn undergraduates, the same rule applies to anyone aiming to meet the February 1 deadline.
I have completed all application materials - now what?
Once your e-application is complete, the Graduate School next verifies your GMAT scores and orders an official transcript (unless you are not an Auburn undergrad or paid for one to be sent immediately). Because they service the broader University, the Graduate School processes everything in order of submission rather than by program application deadline. You should be able to log on to your e-application dashboard to see what items are still pending at any given time and follow-up accordingly. Once the test scores/grades are verified, the completed applications go into a queue for review by the Admissions Committee. The Committee prefers to meet and review applications in batches, so you may have to wait until additional applications are completed to have yours reviewed. The Admissions Committee will review applications on a rolling basis and inform you of your status as soon as possible.
I have completed my Graduate School e-application; how do I monitor the status?
Assuming you have paid the $60 application fee and received confirmation of submission, your application is processing. You can use your PIN and password to log in to your account after submission. This account will serve as a "dashboard" through the admissions process so you'll know your status along the way.
Can I use the same resume and Statement of Purpose for both the GA and e-application?
Yes, you can use the same resume and SOP for both applications. Just be sure that your prospective internship is reflected on your resume, and email documents to email@example.com as separate attachments.
I've applied for a Graduate Assistantship – when will I find out if I receive one?
We assign GA positions early in the spring semester (announcing around mid-February), once funding is more foreseeable and the bulk of the new cohort has been admitted. The two quantitative criteria that weigh most heavily into the GA assignment process are 1) Upper Level Accounting GPA and 2) GMAT score (students with the highest credentials tend to receive positions with the most financial support). Secondarily, we consider a student’s past activities and employment. Applicants generally do not have an opportunity to weigh in on where they will be assigned. The only exception to this rule is if a student has a previous relationship with a specific unit and the unit's supervisor wishes to hire that particular student as a GA.