Frequently Asked Questions

Is Rider’s online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) an accredited program?
Yes, the business and accounting programs offered by Rider University are both accredited by AACSB International.  Rider is one of only 2% of universities worldwide to hold prestigious AACSB business and accounting accreditation.

Rider is also regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools.

Is the MAcc degree identified as an online degree?
No. The degree and transcript identify the degree as a Master of Accountancy degree and do not refer to the degree as an online program.

What are the admissions requirements for the online MAcc program?

Application requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  If your degree is in an area other than accounting, certain business and accounting prerequisite courses must be completed. Degrees earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended

  • GMAT scores (The GMAT examination is waived for those applicants who have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better and an accounting GPA of 3.3 or better). We will also consider both academic and professional experience in decisions in determining whether to waive GMAT examination. For consideration to have the GMAT waived, please forward your resume and copies of your transcripts (Official or a copy) to  John Farrell at jfarrell@rider.edu.

  • Completion of the following accounting prerequisite courses (must be completed prior to application)

             Intermediate Accounting I & II

             Advanced Accounting

             Cost Accounting

             Federal Taxation

             Auditing

  • A current resume

Is there a deadline for applying to the online MAcc?
The program starts once per year in September. We prefer to have the cohort filled by July 1, 2013 but you may send in application materials at any time. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. 

Can the GMAT be waived?
Rider waives GMAT scores who applicants who have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better and an accounting GPA of 3.3 or better.  We will also consider professional experience in decisions whether to waive GMAT scores. For information about GMAT waivers please contact John Farrell at jfarrell@rider.edu.

How are admission decisions made?
Admission decisions are made by the MAcc Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Business Programs. We evaluate your resume, transcript information and GMAT scores if required.

When do classes start and what is the program timeline?
The online MAcc program is cohort based and takes 16 months to complete and each cohort begins once a year, in September. There is a day long residency requirement at the beginning of the program and another day long required residency at the end of the program. The residency requirement is followed by a 12-week semester in the fall that ends in the first week of December. There is a 3-week accelerated course in January followed by another 12 week semester that begins in the last week of January. This is followed by summer courses and a final fall semester. (See the scheduled list of courses for more information).

Is the program completely online?
At the beginning and end of the program are residencies that are structured as one day workshops. This is an important requirement that is not delivered online.   

Can I enroll in the online MAcc other than as part of the cohort?
We offer courses online other than as part of the totally online MAcc program.  These online courses are available to all MAcc students. If you prefer this flexible approach can work with Jean Cherney, our Graduate Business Academic Coordinator, to develop a plan of study that will complement your work life commitments.

Are classes asynchronous? 
Our online program is primarily asynchronous.  This means that you complete course assignments and activities during a weekly timeframe that works best with your work life.  For example, discussion board question responses can be posted and assignments submitted at a time that is convenient as long as the activity is completed by a pre-determined date. Some activities may be synchronous which means that the activity will take place at the same time for all students. 

Is the MAcc  offered in a classroom environment as well as online?
Yes, Rider has an on-campus MAcc program for those who prefer to take classes in person. 

Will I have contact with my professors?
There is significant interaction among students and between students and faculty. You will meet our faculty in person at the residence requirement event prior to the start of classes. During classes faculty will interact by phone and email, participate actively in discussion boards, webinars and provide feedback on assignments. 

Is the in-residence course mandatory?
Yes, the residency requirement is mandatory and is held prior to the start of classes at a location close to Rider. The in-residence meeting is scheduled for the week prior to the start of classes.

The purpose of the residency requirement is provide the online cohort group of students and faculty a sense of community and shared expectations, and will help students become familiar with the technology used in the program. 

Do I need to have an undergraduate accounting degree before I can apply to the MAcc?

  • No, but you need to have completed the accounting coursework equivalent to that taken in a traditional undergraduate degree  
     
  • Completion of the following accounting prerequisite courses (must be completed prior to application)
    • Intermediate Accounting I & II
    • Advanced Accounting
    • Cost Accounting
    • Federal Taxation
    • Auditing

Are transfer credits from other accredited graduate programs transferrable?
You may transfer in up to 6 graduate business credits (2 courses) as electives into the online MAcc program.

Transfer credits will be considered on a case by case basis. For information about transfer credits please contact John Farrell at jfarrell@rider.edu.

What is the tuition for the online MAcc?
Tuition for 2013-2014 for the Online MAcc courses are as follows:

Fees for Online Macc

Per Course Courses Total
Tuition $2,700 10 Courses $27,000
Distance Learning Fee/Course  $35.00 10 Courses $350.00
Technology Fee/Course  $35.00 10 Courses $350.00




Total Tuition and Fees

$27,700

Tuition is due on a semester by semester basis. Students in the online MAcc cohort are not subject to tuition increases while they are in the program. 

Does the MAcc offer financial assistance?
The program does not offer financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships. Students interested in financial aid in the form of loans should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@rider.edu, 609-896-5360.  Additional information may be found at http://www.rider.edu/finaid.

Can international students obtain a student visa if admitted to the MAcc?
No, student visas cannot be issued for online education. 

What are the academic integrity policies of the MAcc?
Authentication and academic issues are addressed in various ways in each course and are more thoroughly explained during the in-residence meeting.