Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Who is eligible for the MAC program?

If you are a college graduate with an accounting major, you may enroll in the MAC program without taking additional undergraduate courses. If you have a business degree in another subject area, you may be eligible for the program, but must first take additional courses.

As part of our MAC evaluation process, we review candidate transcripts for the following pre-requisites to be completed prior to the start of classes:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Audit

Due to the unique, hybrid nature of Villanova’s Master of Accountancy program, we are unable to admit International students who require a F-1 visa permit. The online only structure during the Fall and Spring does not fulfill the full-time, in-person requirements needed to remain a full-time student. If you have any questions regarding your personal situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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If I participate in the program, can I work in the fall immediately after receiving my undergraduate degree?

Yes. The 12-month MAC program is specifically designed to allow you to begin classes and still start full-time employment in the fall.  You are not required to have full-time employment to enroll in the program.

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I work or live outside of Pennsylvania. Is it still possible to participate in the program, even if I am not close to Villanova campus?

Yes. Off-campus housing is available throughout the year, and the fall and spring courses can be completed online. Please note that you must live in the area and complete the summer session in person.

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Is the program accredited?

Yes, all programs offered by the Villanova School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the professional accrediting body for business schools.

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Curriculum / Course Requirements

Do the 30 credit hours earned in this program count toward the 150-hour requirement that many states have in order to become a certified public accountant?

Yes. The 30 credit hours you earn in the program, when combined with an appropriate undergraduate degree, meet the 150 hours required by many states.

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Is it possible to start the program after working for one or more years?

Yes. You will need to make arrangements with your employer to get the necessary time off during the summer of full-time study.

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Is it possible to work full-time during the summers when I am taking classes in the program?Is it possible to work full-time during the summers when I am taking classes in the program?

No. The summer coursework, consisting of six graduate courses, is a rigorous load that requires your full-time commitment. Classes take place 4 days a week from 8:30 to 3:30 each day.

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What is the MAC to MBA option?

Students who have completed the MAC program have the option to apply for admission to the MBA Flex Track program, enabling them to transfer up to 12 credits into the MBA program.

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Tuition & Fees

What is the tuition for the program?

The tuition for the Master of Accountancy (MAC) program for the 2017-2018 cycle is $38,850 or $1,295 per credit. The tuition is billed each semester as follows:

Summer semester: 6 courses, 18 credits
Fall semester: 2 courses, 6 credits
Spring semester: 2 courses, 6 credits

In addition, the university assesses a $100 general fee each semester.

Please note that if you require additional coursework beyond the standard curriculum, your tuition costs will be higher.


Financial aid in the form of student loans is available.


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