Successfully Applying to the Jenkins MAC Program
Applying to grad school can sometimes be a little overwhelming. The application requirements for the Jenkins Master of Accounting program at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management consist of:
- The Graduate School Standard Application (which includes a personal statement, resume, and three letters of recommendation)
- Transcripts from all universities attended
- The MAC Application (a separate document that is uploaded through the graduate school application)
- Admissions Interview
- Official GMAT Test Scores
- Application Fee
All of the above can be found on our website: http://mac.ncsu.edu/applying/application-requirements/
Two frequently asked questions about applying to the Jenkins MAC program at Poole College are about the personal statement and the admissions interview. Hopefully, the following information will help you get through the application process and relieve some stress you may have about the process.
The most important thing to remember when writing your personal statement is to be yourself! What makes you unique and will help people remember you when going through a stack of 300 applicants? Tell interesting things about yourself that you would like the administration team to know that are NOT listed on your resume. For example, tell your goals for the future and how the MAC program can help you achieve them.
Another idea is to begin with a short story about yourself, a narrative of a specific event in your life, or a quote that has significant meaning to you. The purpose is to really grab the reader’s attention and make them eager to keep reading about you. Do not simply write out your resume in words; make it intriguing – all of you are obviously very intelligent and interesting people…SHOW IT!
After you have submitted all the requirements online you will be contacted to set up an admissions interview. In this interview there will be one faculty member and one current MAC student. We want you to feel comfortable and be able to ask questions about the program. This is the time for the administration team to get to know you. They will have some behavioral type questions. For example, “Tell us about a time when you demonstrated leadership.” Another question could be, “How would you handle a situation in which you are doing a group case and two members of your group disagree on something?” To prepare for these types of questions, think about times in your life that would be appropriate to share where you demonstrated strong character traits, such as leadership, responsibility and integrity.
Most importantly, DO NOT stress! The interview is not designed to intimidate you; it is, just a chance for the team to get to know you and see if you would be a good fit for the MAC program. Be EXCITED! It is always good to see people that are enthusiastic about a new journey and all that it entails. Also, have a few questions of your own ready to ask. It shows that you are genuinely interested and eager to learn more about the program.
I hope this information has been beneficial and cleared up some questions you may have had about applying to the Jenkins Master of Accounting program. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments and ask questions. Good luck and best wishes to everyone during the application process!
For more information and to apply to the NC State Jenkins MAC program, please visit < a href="http://mac.ncsu.edu/applying/">http://mac.ncsu.edu/applying/.
DON’T FORGET: February 1 is the deadline for applicants who want to be considered for scholarships and fellowships…Make sure to get your application in by this deadline!