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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 3.25 AND a minimum of 3 Accounting courses (ACC 300, 301, 321, 331, 341 and 411) with an average of 3.25 are eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE.
    • Video Essay –  Read the requirements.

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.  One 400-level accounting course may be counted toward the M.S. degree with the approval of the program advisor.

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