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Accounting

Accelerated Program

Combine your undergraduate and graduate accounting degrees to save time and money.

The MACC Accelerated program allows high-achieving UofSC-Columbia students to complete their undergraduate accounting and MACC degrees in as few as four years.

The Accelerated option is available to undergraduate accounting majors and other majors completing the accounting cognate. It allows you to “double count” up to four classes for undergraduate and graduate credit. "Double counting" these classes allows you to:

  • Finish the MACC program in less time
  • Save up to $6,336 in tuition
  • Use your undergraduate scholarships to pay for up to 40 percent of your MACC degree
  • Meet CPA license education requirements and earn a graduate degree in the same amount of time it takes to double major
  • Enjoy a reduced schedule in the MACC program, which will allow you to complete the CPA Exam by graduation

To participate in Accelerated and “double count” courses, you must be admitted to the MACC program, confirm your enrollment, and submit the required Accelerated forms each semester you wish to “double count” at least one course.

  • Courses numbered 500 and higher can be taken under Accelerated for both undergraduate and graduate credit. Courses numbered 700 and higher may be applied to undergraduate elective requirements.
  • Core MACC 700-level courses can be taken as an undergraduate student, accelerating your timeline to complete your MACC degree.
  • Accelerated courses are not limited to ACCT courses. Any course that qualifies as a MACC core or elective courses can potentially be an Accelerated course. This allows undergraduate electives to “double count” as MACC electives.
  • Honors College Students: Accelerated courses taken for graduate credit may count as honors sections. Please discuss this with your honors college advisor.
  • Accelerated courses appear on your undergraduate transcript and undergraduate GPA. The Graduate School recognizes these credits as graduate courses. You are applying these courses to both your undergraduate and MACC degrees, but you will not receive 6 hours of credit for a 3-hour course via Accelerated.

Eligibility

Students must be admitted to the MACC program to participate in Accelerated. The following guidance pertains to additional Accelerated eligibility requirements, including the GMAT waiver.

  • Be a current UofSC-Columbia student
  • Have completed at least 90 credit hours
  • Have earned a minimum 3.40 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain a minimum 3.00 upper-level accounting GPA (400-level and up) with no more than 2 grades below a B

Students meeting the GMAT waiver requirements should qualify for the Accelerated program. GMAT waivers are available to UofSC students meeting the following requirements:

  • Completed at least 90 credit hours
  • 3.40 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Upper-level Accounting (ULA) GPA: minimum 3.25 ULA GPA with no more than 2 grades below a B.
  • Minimum of 3 ULA courses completed

Get more information on applying for the GMAT waiver.

Planning for Accelerated

The following steps will help determine how Accelerated will work with your undergraduate program of study.

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to identify your remaining degree requirements.
  2. Use the Course Planning Worksheet to map out your remaining undergraduate courses.
  3. Meet with the MACC director to discuss your Accelerated course plan.

Steps to Accelerate

You must be admitted to the MACC program before you can “double count” courses as Accelerated courses. Follow these steps to participate in the Accelerated program:

Applying to the Accelerated program is the same as applying to the MACC program. You can apply for the GMAT Waiver and follow the MACC admission requirements.

You are an undergraduate student until you complete your undergraduate degree. Please make sure that your MACC application term is after the completion of your undergraduate degree (even though you will be completing MACC courses before this term via Accelerated).

Your Accelerated application deadline relates to the term in which you are taking courses to “double count.” You may apply at any time you meet the eligibility requirements, but the following are the final deadlines based on when you are taking Accelerated courses:

Semester Taking Accelerated Courses

Final Deadline

Spring December 15
Summer May 10
Fall August 10

You are an undergraduate student until you complete your undergraduate degree. Please make sure that your MACC application term is after the completion of your undergraduate degree (even though you will be completing MACC courses before this term via Accelerated).

You must confirm your enrollment in the MACC program before you can "double count" classes. Confirmation includes paying the board-mandated seat deposit. The non-refundable deposit is applied toward your first semester tuition as a full-time MACC student.

Once your enrollment is confirmed, you will receive additional guidance on selecting Accelerated courses, submitting required Accelerated forms, and the academic requirements for “double counting” courses for undergraduate and graduate credit.

Accelerated Program Fact Sheet


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