Admission Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Management - Accounting (MSA) program must meet the following requirements:

  • 4-year Bachelor's Degree*
  • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • An acceptable GMAT score
  • TOEFL score of 85 iBT (563 Paper-Based) or IELTS composite score of no lower than 7 with each subject no lower than 6**

* Applicants from undergraduate majors other than accounting will be considered for admission.

** Applies to international students who native language is not English.  See the Graduate College website for more information on English proficiency requirements.  Please note that the MSA program has a higher minimum TOEFL score than the Graduate College.


Prerequisite Courses

There are certain prerequisite courses that applicants can either complete prior to entering the program or take along with the core MSA courses.  If taken as part of the program, these courses do not count toward the 30 units required to graduate.  Prerequisites may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited US institution.

Course Number
Course Title
ACCT 200*
Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ACCT 310
Cost Accounting
ACCT 500H Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 520I Introduction to Federal Taxation


*For those international candidates who appear to have met the prerequisite requirements of ACCT 200 and ACCT 210 based upon information on their transcripts from a foreign institution, a standard Proficiency Exam will be given to confirm that the candidate has mastered basic accounting concepts.  This test will be administered after admission but prior to the beginning of classes.   

If the results of this standard exam indicate that the candidate needs additional coursework before starting the MSA Program courses, the candidate will be required to take ACCT 200 and/or ACCT 210, in addition to the other prerequisite courses. 

Candidates who have successfully completed these prerequisite courses at a comparably accredited US institution will not be required to take the prerequisite courses.


English Proficiency Requirements

Please see English Proficiency Requirements for information about TOEFL, IELTS, and conditional acceptance options.


Application Process

Applicants are reviewed by the department based upon their whole application. After a review of an applicant's profile a recommendation decision is submitted to the graduate college. The graduate college then reviews applications and submits a final admission decision to the applicant. Please note your admission is not official until you receive notification form the graduate college.


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