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Darla Moore School of Business

Decision In A Day

Join us for Decision in a Day- an accelerated, one-day admissions event. Applicants interview in the morning and receive an admission and financial award decision in the afternoon. This event is when we award our largest fellowships, including in-state tuition and graduate assistant positions.

How the Event Works:

Our Decision in a Day events are not only when we award our largest fellowships, but also allow you to complete our entire application process in just a few short hours. Students who attend these events are looking for admission into our MACC program for the following spring, summer or fall semesters, and can enjoy early admission well before our first deadline. By participating in Decision in a Day, you can also waive the essay and recommendation letter requirements of our application.  

 Applicants must submit their application and required materials by the following deadlines:

Event Date Application and Materials Deadline*
 Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018  Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
 Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018  Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 

*Applications and/or materials received after these deadlines will not be considered


How to Participate:

  • STEP 1: Register online for the Decision in a Day event of your choice by the required deadline (see chart above). Please note: registering for Decision in a Day does not guarantee an invitation to the event (see eligibility requirements below).
  • STEP 2: Submit your application and materials by 11:59 p.m. EST on the required deadline (see chart above).


Required Materials:

  • Submitted online application
  • For the required statement of purpose (essay) in the application, upload a Word document that says "MACC Decision in a Day."
  • Transcripts from each college/university attended- unofficial copies are fine at this point
  • Official GMAT scores or waiver
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only. See our International Students page for requirements).
  • For the required letters of recommendations, enter the below individuals as your references and select "No" to "Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?"

Jared Jones
MACC Program Director

Taylor Self
Student Services Program Coordinator


Event Eligibility Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA or most recent 60 hrs GPA of at least 3.25
  • Major GPA of at least 3.00
  • GMAT score of at least 570 (or GMAT waiver)


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. I have registered on Eventbrite, submitted my complete application and sent in my test scores, now what?

Once we have received all of your materials and application, we will look everything over to make sure that you reach our eligibility requirements to attend the event. After that check, you will receive an email from us to confirm your attendance or let you know what we are still missing. A more formal invitation, with all the details included, will be emailed out the week of your event date.

2. Is there a difference between the two event dates?

No. We balance the two events so that the award you receive would be the same at either event you attend. There is not a higher likelihood of receiving a larger financial package at the first event compared to the second. 

3. I can't make it to Columbia. Can I attend the event virtually?

Unfortunately, our Decision in a Day events are on-campus only. Because our interview component is a big factor when awarding our fellowships, this requires us to meet you in person. 

4. My GPA is below a 3.25, but my GMAT is well above OR my GPA is awesome, but my GMAT score is below a 570. Can I still attend the event?

While we don't require a 3.25 GPA and 570 GMAT for our general admission process, we do for our Decision in a Day events, and both minimums must be met. Sorry, no exceptions. Since this is when we award our largest fellowships, students below these marks would not be competitive applicants at these events.

5. What do I wear to the event?

The dress for our Decision in a Day events is business professional. 

6. Will I have a specific interview time?

Yes, each applicant will be assigned an individual interview time. We will email your assigned times the week of the event after we have confirmed your eligibility. There is no need to arrive at the event before your interview time.

7. What are the interviews like?

Our Decision in a Day interviews will be with a combination of MACC professors and firm professionals. You can expect to have at least 2 rounds of interviews, each about 15-20 minutes each. Each interviewer will be supplied with a copy of your resume, and are free to ask whatever they want! Expect questions on academic and professional goals, and past work or internship experience. Don't worry- no accounting test questions.

8. GMAT waiver vs. GMAT score, which is preferred?

Applicants are evaluated for admissions and financial awards based on their academic performance, GMAT score or waiver, resume, interview performance, and other compelling factors. A GMAT waiver is considered as a neutral factor that neither increases nor decreases your potential award. A strong GMAT performance can positively impact your potential award. If you have received a GMAT waiver and are planning on taking the exam, please defer attending Decision in a Day until after you have taken the exam.