Admission Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, both online and in person 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 may need to complete prior to or during the program.   Prerequisites may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited US institution.

Course Number
Course Title
ACCT 200*
Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 310
Cost Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 400A/500A Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3 Units)
ACCT 400B/500B
Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3 Units)
ACCT 520 Introduction to Federal Taxation (3 Units)



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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