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Complete the Application

Step 1: Start an Online Application

We encourage prospective students to start an application early, review the essay questions in advance, choose recommenders, and begin entering required information. Applicants are able to go back to their applications at any time and make changes before submitting them for official review. The application prompts:

  1. In just one or two sentences, please explain your near-term career goal.
  2. Please describe a situation where you needed to collaborate or closely communicate with someone whose life perspective or cultural background was very different from your own. Please reflect on any challenges you faced, the strengths you brought to the situation, and areas for improvement. Please indicate what you learned about yourself and what you would do differently next time (500-word limit).
  3. Optional: If there is further information that you believe would be helpful to the admission committee, please feel free to provide it (500-word limit).
Step 2: Submit Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is optional for applicants with a minimum 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA from a four-year U.S. institution and who have taken at least four prerequisite courses: "Introduction to Financial Accounting," "Introduction to Managerial Accounting," "Intermediate I," and "Intermediate II." If you have earned less than a "B" in any prerequisite course at time of application, or if prerequisite courses were not completed at a four-year institution, then you are encouraged to submit a GMAT score to support your academic ability.

For those with less than a 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA, the GMAT is required and you must submit official test scores to the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, code KC7-K3-31. (Do not select the generic UVA code or else your scores will not reach the M.S. in Accounting Program.) Students studying outside of the United States must also submit an official GMAT score. To learn more about the GMAT, download free practice software, and schedule a test date, visit GRE scores are not accepted.

English Language Test
Much of a student’s time in the McIntire School of Commerce is spent collaborating, discussing, and presenting work orally as well as in writing. As a result, a high level of oral and written English communication skills are required of all students. There are a number of ways for non-native English speakers to demonstrate their language ability:

1. Language Proficiency Test Scores (required, unless you meet the conditions of No. 3): International applicants are required to submit official scores from an English language test. We accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To be eligible, your TOEFL score must be a minimum of 100 (iBT) or IELTS score a minimum overall band of 7.5. 

  • TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically to the University of Virginia code B626. In order to search for the code, use “Institution” and select “University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.” We do not accept paper-based TOEFL scores.
  • Electronic IELTS scores must be submitted to our Electronic Download account directly by the IELTS test center. An institution code for IELTS is NOT required. Please provide the following information to the test center when requesting your scores:
    °  Account name: University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
    °  Account address: 125 Ruppel Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

2. InitialView Interview (optional): Applicants can submit a recorded interview and writing sample through InitialView as additional evidence of their English language proficiency. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview or writing sample. The evaluation is done by our admission office. Although this is not required, it is encouraged as it adds another dimension to your candidacy. The process can take several weeks so make arrangements well in advance.

3. Language Proficiency Test Waiver: International students whose primary language is not English and who will complete an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university that included a minimum of two years of residency in the U.S. are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. The admissions committee reserves the right to request a TOEFL or IELTS test score from any candidate to assist in the assessment of English language proficiency.

Step 3: Submit Transcripts or Credential Evaluation

If you attend or attended a U.S. institution, you may upload copies of your transcript to the application for use in the evaluation process. Mark out your SSN or National ID before uploading unofficial transcripts. Applicants who are offered admission must arrange for an official/final transcript to be forwarded to the McIntire Graduate Admissions office (addresses below).

Students who completed coursework outside of the United States must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of their official transcript/s. This evaluation must be performed by a professional credential evaluator, with the report sent directly from the evaluator to the McIntire School of Commerce. No exceptions are made. International applications will not be considered complete without the evaluation and therefore not reviewed by the admissions committee. (Note: This requirement does not apply to students attending U.S. institutions who completed coursework outside of the United States as part of a study-abroad program.)

Mailing Address
Graduate Admissions Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Physical Address
Graduate Admissions Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
125 Ruppel Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903





Step 4: Request Two Letters of Recommendation

Applications require two letters of recommendation. At least one recommender must be someone who has taught you in an academic environment (preferably accounting) and can attest to your academic abilities. There is a section of the online application that allows you to add each recommender's name and contact information. Recommenders then receive an online recommendation form that will automatically attach to your application once he or she completes and submits the recommendation.   

Step 5: Pay the Application Fee and Submit Your Application 

The $75 non-refundable application fee can be paid online (American Express, Discover, or Mastercard) or by check. If you are paying the application fee by check or money order, mail it to the Graduate Admissions Office. Once an application has been submitted, you will not be able to make changes to the application. Note the University of Virginia does not accept VISA. 

Step 6: Track Your Application 

You are able to track your application's progress by logging into your account. Candidates are encouraged to keep copies of all admissions materials for their personal files. Every attempt will be made to review applications within the requested evaluation period (round). Missing documentation may result in an application being held until a later round, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  

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We encourage you to visit the Graduate Record, found at the UVA University Registrar website, to view official policies and procedures for McIntire School of Commerce graduate programs