Isenberg seeks the best and brightest. MSA candidates are evaluated based on academic history, GMAT results, evidence of motivation and aptitude for graduate-level work, and professional experience.
The MS in Accounting program is designed for students that have an undergraduate degree in accounting. The degree must include, or be supplemented by, courses that provide a solid foundation in accounting and business. In general, this would require, at a minimum, 18 semester hours in accounting (to include financial reporting, managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing), and 24 semester hours in business related courses (to include information systems, economics, business statistics, finance, management, and marketing) completed at the undergraduate level.
If you do not have an undergraduate accounting degree, but you do have a business degree, the following courses would need to be completed before matriculating into the MS in Accounting program*: Click here for a PDF of required classes.
These courses are offered as part of our online BBA degree. You can take single classes à la carte without needing to be accepted into the undergraduate program. You can also take these courses at another four year accredited university.
Prior to submitting an application, potential applicants are eligible to enroll in up to two MSA Program courses (six credits) from the online course offerings. Should you be accepted into the program, these credits are transferable onto your MSA graduate transcript. Please note that for these credits to be eligible for transfer to your MSA graduate transcript, you must earn a grade of B or better, and they cannot have been used to fulfill any requirement for any other degree.
How to Apply
Applications must be filled out online. This application can be accessed by going to https://www.spire.umass.edu/ . Under the Apply/References section, click on “Apply for a Graduate Study”. Existing users can enter their Spire ID and Password. New users should click "Register to Apply Online" and create an account. Once signed in, the application can be filled out and should include:
Graduate school application (specify MS in Accounting Program and whether you're applying for the online or hybrid option)
Official transcripts of all universities/colleges attended*
Two letters of recommendation
TOEFL score, if applicable (we require a 250 computer-based score, 100 internet base score). If you take the IELTS, we require an 8 or above overall score.
The applicant has an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited institution and a minimum 3.2 GPA
The applicant has successfully passed all sections of the CPA exam
The applicant has a baccalaureate degree from the Isenberg School of Management
Please note, the above GMAT waiver criteria applies to MSA only, not other graduate programs
The MS in Accounting program may be entered during the Fall, Spring or Summer session.
If you want to apply, please submit all required materials by the application deadline. With the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to review all of your materials prior to the deadline. Thank you for your understanding.
Do I have to take the GMAT to apply for the MSA program?
To apply for the Isenberg MSA program we prefer you take the GMAT, however, if you have already...
To apply for the Isenberg MSA program we prefer you take the GMAT, however, if you have already taken the GRE, it will be accepted. If you take the GRE your score will be converted to a predicted GMAT score. Please refer to the GRE Comparison tool at www.ets.org to learn more.
School Code: Isenberg UMass Amherst - 3917
GMAT Waivers*: The GMAT is not required of applicants having a baccalaureate degree from the Isenberg School of Management, those who have successfully passed all sections of the CPA exam, or those with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited institution and a minimum 3.2 GPA.
*Please note: The information provided on this page is specific to the MSA program and the criteria for a MBA GMAT waiver is different.
I am an international student, how do I find TOEFL Information?
School Code: Isenberg-UMass Amherst – 3917
School Code: Isenberg-UMass Amherst – 3917
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 600 (250 computer-based score, 100 internet base score)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 8 or above
Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE Academic) – 68 or above MBA, Prospective Students, Admissions, Advising, Tricks
TOEFL waivers apply to applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:
Citizenship of Australia, Botswana, Canada, Caribbean English speaking countries, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, West Indies, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Earned a college or university degree in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.
A degree earned from the American University in Beirut, American University in Bulgaria, American College of Greece, or from Bogazici University in Turkey.
Current enrollment as a full-time student who will have completed two academic years of college/university work in the United States prior to the date of anticipated entrance at the University of Massachusetts.
An Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate has been obtained (prior to June 2005 only.)
Is the Isenberg MSA program accredited?
Yes, we are accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Yes, we are accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. We have the distinction of having earned separate AACSB accreditation for our accounting department and programs – one of only 5 schools in New England. In fact, there are only 180 institutions in the world that hold AACSB accreditation in accounting.
My transcript is not in English. What do I do?
If your transcript is not in English, you must send us a certified translation of your official...
If your transcript is not in English, you must send us a certified translation of your official transcript from every non-U.S. undergrad and graduate school attended. Notarized and true attested copies of original academic documents are also accepted.
What if I was not an accounting major, but I received a bachelor’s degree in business and I want to apply for the MSA?
You have probably met all of the business requirements in your prior coursework, but most likely...
You have probably met all of the business requirements in your prior coursework, but most likely need to take additional accounting courses. The accounting classes required for entry into our program are as follows: • Intermediate Financial Accounting I, (Accountg 321) • Intermediate Financial Accounting II, (Accountg 322) • Advanced Financial Accounting, (SCH-MGMT 523) (Recommended, but not required). • Cost Accounting, (Accountg 331) • Audit, (Accountg 491B) • Individual Taxation, (Accountg 371)
What should I include in my personal statement? How long should it be?
Your personal statement should be one to two pages in length, and include information about your...
Your personal statement should be one to two pages in length, and include information about your past and current academic and professional history, your future goals and reasons for pursuing the MSA, and other pertinent details that will help us evaluate you as a candidate.
Who is eligible for the Isenberg MSA Program?
Our MSA Program is designed for both Isenberg and other students who have recently completed...
Our MSA Program is designed for both Isenberg and other students who have recently completed their undergraduate degree in accounting (or equivalent accounting course work) and are seeking the 30 additional credits required to obtain licensure as Certified Public Accountants (CPA).
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
It is recommended that you have one professional and one academic reference. If you have...
It is recommended that you have one professional and one academic reference. If you have completed an internship, please ask that employer to provide you with a reference. If you cannot obtain a professional reference, two academic references are fine.
Will my military credits transfer?
UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same...
UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. The Joint Services Transcript (JST) military transcript is available in electronic format only and may be requested via the (JST) website.