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Information for the Professional Accounting Program (PAcc) can be found here.

The Application Process

The admission process takes place on-line through the Utah State University Graduate School and requires the following:

  • Candidates will complete the online application required by the School of Graduate Studies. Begin School of Graduate Studies Application.
  • Candidates will provide official transcripts directly to the School of Graduate Studies from all institutions attended (transcripts released to students are not considered official). If the native language is not English, transcripts should include the original in the native language and a certified English translation.
  • Candidates will arrange for their official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores (if applicable) to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • International applicants who have not obtained a university degree in an English-speaking country must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have the score sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the testing service. USU does not offer conditional acceptance. A TOEFL score of 213 or higher is required on the computer-based test. A score of 79 or higher is required on the Internet-based test. Scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted. If the IELTS test is used, a score of 6.0 is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. At least two of the letters should come from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities. All letters should address the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study. The names and e-mail addresses of your references are required on the on-line application through the School of Graduate Studies. Once the application is submitted, the School of Graduate Studies will notify your references by e-mail and invite them to submit their letters on-line. Recommendation letters will not be reviewed unless they are submitted through the online submission system.

Application Deadlines

Generally, students may begin the MAcc any semester. The individual semester application deadlines are:

  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring - October 1
  • Summer - April 1

Prerequisites

Prior to becoming eligible to apply for admission to the MAcc program, applicants must have an adequate background in business and accounting. Program prerequisites listed below are in place to ensure that students are prepared to succeed.

Business Acumen

  • ACCT 2010 - Financial Accounting Principles
  • ACCT 2020 - Managerial Accounting Principles
  • ECN 1500 - Economics Institutions (Macro)
  • ECN 2010 - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECN 3400 - International Economics
  • FIN 3400 - Corporate Finance
  • MGT 2050 - Legal & Ethical Environments
  • MGT 3110 - Management of Organizations and People
  • MGT 3500 - Fundamental of Marketing
  • MGT 3700 - Production & Operation Management
  • MIS 2100 - Principles of Management Information Systems
  • MIS 2200 - Business Communications
  • STAT 2300 - Business Statistics

Required Undergraduate Accounting Core

  • MATH 1100 - Calculus Techniques
  • ACCT 3110 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 3120 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 3310 - Strategic Cost Management
  • ACCT 3410 - Income Taxation I
  • ACCT 4500 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4510 - Auditing Principles

Applicants without an Accounting Bachelor's Degree

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's degree program in accounting or business are advised to first complete a second bachelor's degree in accounting and then apply to the MAcc program. It is recommended that applicants consult with an available School of Accountancy undergraduate advisor, 435.797.2272, before applying.