The application deadline is March 31 for entry into the program in August of that same year. Because the Admissions Committee considers applications on a rolling basis, we encourage you to submit your application before the deadline. Current Rice undergraduates and students from other schools are eligible to apply. 

Returning applicants: Log in to continue an application.

First-time applicants: Create an account to start a new application.

  

Current Rice Undergraduates

Undergraduate students currently enrolled at Rice may submit an application once you have completed BUSI 305-Financial Accounting. We encourage you to apply early to receive a prompt conditional admittance decision. Knowing whether you have been conditionally admitted will assist you in choosing courses for the rest of your undergraduate studies. Early applicants also receive several benefits, such as:

  • priority scheduling for BUSI 405- Issues in Financial Accounting and BUSI 440- Auditing courses
  • qualify for a paid internship
  • career and program advice from MAcc director
  • develop connections with potential recruiters
  • invited to various campus events for professional development
  • better opportunities for scholarship

Application fee: The $40 application fee is waived for Rice undergraduates and alumni.

Application requirements: Rice undergraduates or alumni are required to submit:

  1. A completed online application, which includes:
    • three personal essays
    • your professional rĂ©sumĂ©
  2. One confidential evaluation, submitted directly to us

We do not require a GMAT or GRE test score from applicants who are Rice undergraduates or alumni.

Transcripts: You do not need to submit your Rice academic transcripts; we will pull your Rice transcript ourselves. You only need to submit transcripts from any other institution you attended whose credits were transferred to Rice. It is not necessary to submit transcripts from summer coursework or study abroad if those courses were not required for your degree, they total fewer than 9 credit hours and completion of those courses is already reflected on your Rice transcript.

Have any non-Rice official transcripts mailed directly to:

     MAcc Program Admissions
     6100 Main St., MS-531
     Houston, TX 77005

Or have them officially emailed from the educational institution to: maccadmissions@rice.edu. 

Essays: All applicants will submit three essays. You may also submit a fourth, optional essay. The essay topics are:

  1. Required – Describe your short-term and long-term career goals, and how the MAcc will help you achieve those goals. Include in your discussion: Where do you see yourself in one, five and 10 years after completing the MAcc, and why are you interested in earning a MAcc degree from Rice? (Maximum 750 words)
  2. Required – Describe an ethical dilemma you have experienced. How did you approach the situation, and what course of action did you take? If you could go back in time, how would you do things differently? (Maximum 500 words)
  3. Required – What are you passionate about and why? Do you envision integrating this passion into your professional career? (Maximum 500 words)
  4. Optional – Is there anything that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you when considering your application? (Maximum 500 words)

Résumé: You will be required to upload your résumé as you complete the online application. Your uploaded résumé should be one page in length and in the PDF format. The résumé should highlight your academic, extracurricular and professional achievements.

Confidential evaluation: Select one person who, based on their relationship with you, can evaluate your potential to succeed in a rigorous master of accounting program and in your subsequent professional business career. Rice students often select their BUSI 305 professor. If you feel it is necessary, you may submit a second recommendation. Note that recommendations from personal friends, relatives, academic advisers, or family acquaintances are not appropriate.

All evaluations will be submitted electronically via the application system. You will be asked to provide the email address for your referee during the application process. Let your reference writer know that they will be contacted via e-mail to submit his evaluation of you. Please verify that the email addresses you provide are valid and correct. Emails to referees are not sent by the application system until you have submitted your application. Please do not mail or email copies of your evaluations.

Interview: Once an application is completed, the admissions committee may request an evaluative interview. Interviews are by invitation only after all materials have been received and initially reviewed.

   

Undergraduates and Alumni from Other Institutions

We accept applications from non-Rice candidates as early as 18 months before your desired start of the MAcc. (The one-year MAcc begins each August.) Applications are accepted through March 31 of the year of desired matriculation, though opportunities for scholarships are maximized by applying by January.

Please note, the Rice MAcc is unique in that it is a program tailored for people who did not major in accounting as an undergraduate. Candidates with any non-accounting undergraduate major, including non-business majors, are eligible to apply. Due to the design of the Rice MAcc, candidates with a bachelor’s degree in accounting are not eligible for admission.

Application fee: The application fee is $40, payable by credit card, check or money order to Rice University. Applications not accompanied by this fee will not be reviewed. You will receive instructions for payment during the online application process. The application fee cannot be waived.

Application requirements: All non-Rice undergraduate applicants are required to submit:

  1. A completed online application, which includes: 
    • three personal essays
    • your professional rĂ©sumé 
  2. Your official academic transcripts, submitted directly to us.
  3. Your official GMAT or GRE test score submitted directly to us. The GMAT code for Rice is 3WS-WD-35; the GRE code is 6609.
  4. Two confidential evaluations submitted directly to us

Transcripts: You must submit transcripts from your degree-granting institutions and from those institutions whose grades were transferred to your degree-granting institution, unless those grades appear on your final transcript. It is not necessary to submit transcripts from summer coursework or study abroad if those classes were not required for your degree, they total fewer than nine credit hours, and completion of those courses is already reflected on your main transcript. Have your official transcripts mailed directly to: 

MAcc Program Admissions
6100 Main St., MS-531
Houston, TX 77005

Or have your transcripts officially emailed from the educational institution to: maccadmissions@rice.edu.

(See below for instructions on submitting transcripts from non-U.S. institutions.)

Essays: All applicants will submit three essays. You may also submit a fourth, optional essay. The essay topics are:

  1. Required – Describe your short-term and long-term career goals, and how the MAcc will help you achieve those goals. Include in your discussion: Where do you see yourself in one, five and 10 years after completing the MAcc, and why are you interested in earning a MAcc degree from Rice? (Maximum 750 words)
  2. Required – Describe an ethical dilemma you have experienced. How did you approach the situation, and what course of action did you take? If you could go back in time, how would you do things differently? (Maximum 500 words)
  3. Required – What are you passionate about and why? Do you envision integrating this passion into your professional career? (Maximum 500 words)
  4. Optional – Is there anything that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you when considering your application? (Maximum 500 words)

Résumé: You will be required to upload your résumé as you complete the online application. Your uploaded résumé should be one page in length and in the PDF format. The résumé should highlight your academic, extracurricular and professional achievements.

Confidential evaluations: Select two people who, based on their relationship with you, can evaluate your potential to succeed in a rigorous master of accounting program and in your subsequent professional business career. We prefer that at least one of your evaluators be a professor who taught a class you completed. Use your best judgment in selecting evaluators; if you feel it is necessary, you may also include a note in your application explaining your choice. 

Recommendations should be current and should address your potential as a MAcc candidate. Recommendations from personal friends, relatives, academic advisers or family acquaintances are not appropriate.

All evaluations will be submitted electronically via the application system. You will be asked to provide the email address for your referee during the application process. Let your reference writer know that she will be contacted via e-mail to submit their evaluation of you. Please verify that the email addresses you provide are valid and correct. Emails to referees are not sent by the application system until you have submitted your application. Please do not mail or email copies of your evaluations.

You may opt to submit a third evaluation.

Interview: Once an application is completed, the admissions committee may request an evaluative interview. Interviews are by invitation only after all materials have been received and initially reviewed. Candidates from outside of Houston can arrange to conduct their interviews via Skype. However, visiting the campus for a face-to-face interview will allow for class visits and a tour of facilities.

   

International Students

We require all non-U.S. transcripts to be evaluated (on a course-by-course basis), translated, and submitted direct to us through one of the three following companies:

You should request that the evaluator send the translated version directly to Rice at:

MAcc Program Admissions
6100 Main St., MS-531
Houston, TX 77005