Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the MACIS Program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Please see the Plans of Study for further information regarding prerequisite courses that must be completed in addition to the required 30 hours of graduate level coursework to earn a Master’s degree.
Students who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses (i.e., students who studied business, accounting or information systems as undergraduates) can complete the degree in as little as 12 months. Students without prior collegiate studies in accounting and business administration can expect to spend at least 2 years in the program.
The 152-Hour Program is a special Program for our ACIS undergraduates wherein they can take up to 3 graduate level courses during their Senior year, 1 of which can count for both degrees. Taking graduate level courses during the Senior year is beneficial from a cost and course load standpoint. As a Senior, the student is classified as an undergraduate and will pay undergraduate tuition rates for both the undergraduate and graduate level courses taken. From a course load standpoint, taking 2 graduate level courses (for example) during his/her Senior year would enable the student to take the recommended 4 courses per semester while earning his/her graduate degree. When the student graduates with his/her bachelor’s degree, he/she automatically becomes a graduate student in our MACIS Program (no separate application process).
The GMAT is preferred; however, the GRE can be taken in place of the GMAT. Applicants must earn a GMAT score of at least 520. If the applicant’s GPA is 3.2 or higher, we are currently waiving the GMAT requirement.
KPMG is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year March 15, 2019 through May 19, 2019. Those interested must go through KPMG's acceptance process prior to applying to the University. See the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics brochure for more information.
The graduate level classes are typically comprised of 30 students or less.
Yes, over 90% of our domestic students secure full-time employment prior to graduation. Recruiters from the Big 4 firms, local and regional firms as well as publicly held and private companies come to campus to recruit our very talented students. Virginia Tech hosts a career fair called Business Horizons in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Virginia Tech does not prohibit you from working full-time while earning your Master’s degree; however, we would prefer that you focus on your studies while you are earning your degree.