We encourage you to reference UVA's dedicated Return to Grounds site for information related to the University of Virginia's academic operations and health protocols. Below are some answers to commonly asked questions related to the graduate admissions process at McIntire.
I’m a prospective graduate student interested in one or more of your programs. How can I learn more about McIntire?
Due to the current health situation, all of our class visits, information sessions, and advising programs have been moved online. A list of current McIntire Graduate Admissions and Recruiting events can be found on the Commerce calendar.
My college/university has moved to online instruction for the spring 2020 semester, and grading of the courses will be on a pass/no-pass basis. The McIntire Graduate Program website says that you will accept only graded prerequisite work. What do I do?
We will accept grades of pass or credit for prerequisite coursework completed during the spring 2020 academic term whether you are applying this year or in a future year. We will not accept a final grade of ‘no pass/no credit’ for prerequisite coursework taken during the spring 2020 term.
If you have a choice between taking courses during spring 2020 on a pass/no pass basis or for a grade, we will respect whichever choice you make, however, we encourage you to consider the following:
- For students planning to sit for the CPA Exam now or in the future, pass/fail classes may not be allowed by all state board of accountancy organizations, either for sitting for the CPA Exam, or after receiving a license, expanding that license to other states.
- Check the impact of any decision as it relates to employment, future certification, benefits, or other items that may require graded course work for completion or reimbursement.
We expect you to maintain the same level of academic rigor regardless of the grading policy. Your subsequent graduate program coursework will be taught with the expectation that you have mastered the prerequisite material at a “B” or higher level regardless of the grading policy.
Do you provide a waiver of the application fee?
Yes, under the following circumstances:
- For active duty/veteran in the U.S. military, the waiver is automatic upon submission of the application.
- For those requesting a waiver based on financial need or organizational affiliation, please submit a request for a waiver along with specific details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your request and notify you of the decision within a week.
Organizational affiliation includes AmeriCorps, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, Leadership Alliance, LSAMP programs/VA-NC Alliance, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, National College Advising Corps, National GEM Consortium, Peace Corps, Project 1000, Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies, Teach For America, Vietnam Education Foundation.
I intend to apply to a McIntire graduate program this spring but have been unable to schedule the required tests in order to complete my application. What should I do?
You may submit your applications for the 2020-2021 academic year without the required GMAT, GRE, or EA test scores for the M.S. in Commerce and the M.S. in Business Analytics Programs. Waivers of the test requirement for these programs will be evaluated within the context of your completed application.
We will continue to follow our current testing policies for the M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in the Management of IT Programs.
- Review of your application without test scores will place increased weight on your academic transcripts, so please be sure that you can make a strong case for your quantitative, verbal, and/or analytical reasoning skills without them. If you have copies available, you can submit undergraduate entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT) or scores from alternative graduate exams already taken (MCAT or LSAT) in support of your application.
- Depending upon the strength of your application without the required test(s), the admission committee may render one of the following decisions:
- An offer of admission without the need for testing
- An offer of admission conditional on submitting scores from the required test(s)
- A deferral of decision to the next round, in which case the required tests would be a way to strengthen your application
- A decision of deny, in which case further information including test scores will not be considered
- While submitting test scores is optional for the M.S. Commerce and M.S. Business Analytics Programs for the remainder of this cycle, our recommendation is to submit scores if you can. The GRE and GMAT are currently being offered online in most countries. Please keep in mind that some employers, especially top management consultants, investment banks or financial services firms, may ask about your scores as part of their recruiting process
We strongly suggest that you connect with your admissions counselor to discuss your best application strategy and timeline.
Because of university and office closures at my current or prior institution(s), I am not able to acquire required undergraduate and or prerequisite transcripts. What should I do?
In most cases, we can work with your unofficial transcripts during the admission review process. We will eventually need you to supply your official transcripts once your university offices reopen.