Master of Accountancy

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB*) accredited institution.
  2. Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA for accounting upper-division courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. A GPA of 2.9 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and at most one C for the following core courses or their equivalents:
    1. ACCT 311 (Intermediate Accounting I)
    2. ACCT 312 (Intermediate Accounting II)
    3. ACCT 320 (Cost Management Systems)
    4. ACCT 418 (Tax Accounting I)
    5. ACCT 421 (Auditing I)
  5. If the requirements 1-4 are not satisfied, then a minimum score of 550 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is needed for consideration.
  6. A statement of purpose describing reasons for pursuing a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree.
  7. Two letters of recommendation.**
  8. Conditional admission is granted solely at the discretion of the MAcc Director and/or the MAcc committee.


Specific instructions for graduates with a bachelor’s degree from:

    1. Non-NDSU North Dakota four-year, not-for-profit schools and Tri-College schools
      1. Requirements 2 - 7 should be satisfied to apply for consideration.
    2. All other regionally accredited schools, including those located internationally
      1. Requirements 2 – 4, 6, and 7 should be satisfied to apply for consideration.
      2. Requirement 5 is not applicable.
      3. A GMAT with a minimum score of 550 is required by all.


* Click here to view a list of AACSB-accredited schools.

** Not required for NDSU accounting undergraduates.


All international applicants are required to complete Graduate School application requirements listed at and submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). See



Financial Assistance

The department offers semester-long assistantships on a competitive basis. The MAcc Director will send the application for the assistantship to all eligible students who have applied to the program by the application deadlines.


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