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MS Accounting Admissions Frequently Asked Questions


I have a three-year bachelor’s degree.  Am I eligible to apply to the MSA program?

Yes, applicants holding a three-year bachelor’s degree are eligible for admission to the MSA program.

What pre-enrollment courses are required?

The MS Accounting program is designed primarily for students who have undergraduate preparation in accounting. However, exceptional candidates from other disciplines may be considered for admission. Most successful candidates have completed accounting coursework through the intermediate level. The following courses or their equivalents are normally completed by all students before beginning graduate study:

Do I need to complete all pre-enrollment courses prior to admission?

Students can apply to the program prior to the completion of this coursework. However, if admitted, students will be required to complete these courses (and possibly other courses) so they will have the necessary background to be prepared for the graduate level courses AND to meet the minimum requirements to sit for the CPA examination. The courses listed above will not count toward the required hours of the program and additional coursework will extend your program and delay your graduation date.

Is work experience required to apply?

Work experience is not required, but relevant, professional experience will be considered if you have it.

What are my chances of admission into the MSA program?

We cannot provide statistics on your chances of being admitted to the MSA program. All applications are evaluated in their entirety and in comparison with the rest of the applicant pool for a particular semester.

Admission process

Must I interview as part of the application process?

Candidates under serious consideration for admission will be interviewed. We will contact you if an interview is requested. An advisor can also meet with a prospective applicant to answer questions about the program or admissions process.

What is the application deadline?

Fall semester:

Spring semester:

Summer semester:

What is the deadline to have my credentials submitted?

Credentials (unofficial transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores and recommendation letters) must be submitted with the online application. Documents should not be mailed, but if necessary, they must be received within 10 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline, whichever comes first.

Official transcripts and test scores are not required for application. If admitted, final and official transcripts and test scores are required prior to enrollment.

Can I transfer into the MS Accounting program from another university’s program?

The MS Accounting program does not accept transfers into the program. An individual who is studying graduate work at another university may apply for admission to the MS Accounting program like all other applicants. If admitted, up to 12 credit hours of coursework from the other university can be considered for credit with advisor approval.

When will I be notified of the admission decision?

The admission committee begins making decisions shortly after the priority deadline for fall applicants and late October for spring applications. Applications completed after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

How will I find out if I am accepted into the MS Accounting program?

You will receive an email informing you the decision has been posted to your ApplyYourself account. In addition, if you have been admitted, you will receive an email from the MS Accounting office providing you additional information about your admission and requirements.

If I apply this year and am not admitted, is there anything special I need to do to reapply next year?

Applications are kept on file for one year, so you may reapply for the subsequent year using the majority of the application materials previously submitted (transcripts, recommendation letters, test scores as long as they are still valid). You will have to complete a new application and should indicate you are applying again so we are able to retrieve your documents.

Application materials

What is the application fee?

Domestic students pay a $50 fee to apply to the MS-Accounting program. International students pay a $90 fee to apply.

Can I waive the application fee?

We do not waive or defer the application fee. It is required to submit the online application.

What application materials must be submitted?

The required applications materials include:

Can I complete a paper application?

We do not accept paper applications. The online application can be saved and returned to as needed before officially submitting it (just make note of your application number, as directed).

Where should the mailed portion of the application should be sent?

We prefer applicants not send any documents through the mail, but if it is necessary, the mailed portion of the application should be sent directly to the admissions office of Mays Business School at:

Postal address:
Graduate Admissions – MSA
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
4113 TAMU
College Station, Texas  77843-4113

Courier address:
Graduate Admissions – MSA
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
440 Wehner
College Station, Texas  77843

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

Choose references who know your academic or professional skills and are familiar with your academic achievements, credentials and career aspirations. References should speak to your personal qualities, career potential and potential to succeed in the classroom.

What are the minimum GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores?

What are the average GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores for those admitted?

When taking the exams use the following codes for submitting scores to Texas A&M University:

Can the GMAT/GRE or TOELF/IELTS requirements be waived?

These test scores are some of the many factors used to consider an application. All applicants to the MS Accounting program must submit official GMAT or GRE scores for admission. The GMAT is the preferred exam.

The TOEFL/IELTS is not required of US citizens or US permanent residents. For international applicants the TOEFL/IELTS can be waived by completing ALL credits of a four-year undergraduate degree in the United States or scoring at least 50% on the Verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE exam.

How long are the GMAT/GRE and TOELF/IELTS scores valid?

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. As long as you submit the application and the test score is submitted by ETS prior to the expiration of the exam, we can use the score for admission purposes. In other words, the exam does not have to be valid at the time of enrollment.

The TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Again, as long as you submit the application and the test scores is submitted by ETS prior the expiration of the exam, we will use the score for admission purposes.

If I retake the GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS, which scores are considered?

If you retake any of these exams, the higher total score will be considered. Scores are not averaged.

Do I need to submit original transcripts?

In order to be considered for admission, we are able to use unofficial college transcripts and request you upload them with your application. If admitted, official college transcripts (and translations of foreign language transcripts) are required. Official transcripts bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college’s transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Courses taken at Texas A&M University will not require a paper transcript. Some Texas universities will send transcripts electronically to Texas A&M.

I studied abroad and the credits appear on my U.S. undergraduate transcript. Do I need to submit the transcript from the foreign university?

If the study abroad was for one semester only and the credits appear on your US transcript, you do not need to provide a transcript from the foreign university. However, if you studied more than one semester abroad, a transcript from the foreign university is required.

What is the average GPA for those admitted to the MS-Accounting program?

Over the past few years, the average GPA has ranged from 3.4 to 3.85 with an overall average of 3.7.

What GPA is calculated for MS-Accounting admission?

Your GPA is calculated using the last sixty (60) hours of your upper-division coursework (your junior and senior years) and any non-professional graduate work. The GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.

As an international student, should I submit my Certificate of Financial Responsibility and supporting financial documents with my application materials?

Even though it is preferred these documents be submitted once admitted, this documentation can be submitted at the time of application. Once admitted, if the student has not submitted the documentation previously, the student must submit the appropriate documents to the International Student Services office. The I-20 will not be related to the student until these documents have been received.

General Questions

What is the cost of attending the Texas A&M MS-Accounting program?

For general information on the cost of attending Texas A&M University, visit the Student Business Services website. Please note, Mays Business School graduate students pay a Mays Masters Program fee of $1700 per semester in addition to the listed tuition and fees. Many classes also have course related fees. It is recommended when calculating semester tuition and fees cost, you add approximately 2000-2200 per semester to account for these additional fees.

What companies recruit MS-Accounting students?

The Big Four firms along with several middle market firms recruit MS Accounting graduates for internships and full-time positions. Some of the firms include: