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Admissions – MS

The M.S. in Accounting Program at Michigan State University seeks top scholars from the United States and around the world. Students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership abilities, community involvement, and solid communication skills are encouraged to apply.

Admissions Requirements

Minimum Requirements

The minimum standards for admission to the M.S. in Accounting Program are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting from a recognized educational institution or a bachelor’s degree that includes the prerequisites of intermediate financial accounting, survey of calculus and probability and statistics.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 from any institution attended.
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for any junior- and senior-level accounting courses taken as an undergraduate.
  • A working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, networking, and database management systems.
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one written by a faculty member in your major.
  • GMAT or GRE exam.  A minimum GMAT score of 550 (school code: QH0-5P-32) or strong GRE scores.  (school code:  1465)
    • Current MSU accounting students with an overall GPA of 3.0 AND an average of 3.0 in their 300/400 level accounting courses (not including ACC 308) are eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE.
  • Video Essay –  Read the requirements.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY  (school code: 1465) A minimum IELTS band score of 7 OR a minimum TOEFL score in any of the following areas is required:

  • 600 paper score
  • 250 computer score
  • 100 internet score

Please Note:  Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum standards listed above does not guarantee admission. Although all of the above minimum standards must normally be met, the applicant’s overall record is considered, including letters of recommendation, student’s statement of objectives, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and TOEFL/IELTS scores.

*Although students may be accepted into the program whose undergraduate degree is not in accounting and includes just an intermediate-level financial accounting course, these students will be required to complete all undergraduate accounting major courses (equivalent to an MSU undergraduate degree in accounting) prior to or during enrollment in the MS in Accounting Program.  Two 400-level accounting course may be counted toward the M.S. degree with the approval of the program advisor.

Applicants from CHINESE UNIVERSITIES:  If you are admitted to the MS in Accounting program, you must submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the MSU Department to which they are admitted.  MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

  • Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本科学位证书). For those Master degree granted student, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC.

Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information.

China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center

Verification Division
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
Tel: 86-10-82379480
Fax: 86-10-82378718

Applying to the MS Program

To apply to the MS program use the “Apply Now” link below.  The application is strictly on-line and we will not accept any documents sent to the department.  Any documents received will not be considered as part of your application.

AFTER you have been admitted to the program you will be required to submit official college transcripts, financial proof, GMAT and TOEFL scores. Instructions will be included in your admission letter.  Please do not send us any official transcripts or documents until you receive an acceptance offer.

Specific instructions for current MSU undergraduates.

Application Deadlines

Students may start the program in any semester, fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) as space permits. Summer admission is advisable for students who need to complete certain prerequisite courses.

Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

  • January 15:   For those applying to start in the summer and fall semesters.  If you want to be considered for scholarships you must also apply by this date.
  • March 1:  A second round of application review will occur after this date if space remains for summer and fall semesters.
  • October 1: For those applying to start in the Spring semester.






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