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Find Out What It Takes


Get Started on Your MS in Accountancy

Be part of an elite group of accounting professionals. The MS in Accountancy program selects highly motivated, talented individuals who have the potential to become highly principled global business leaders. Learn how to apply, see application deadlines, and explore scholarships. If you have any questions about the application process, our admissions team is always glad to help.

Application Checklist

You must complete the following, or equivalent, coursework prior to the start of the MS in Accountancy program:
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Audit
  • Corporate Tax
  • Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Law
Have questions about these prerequisites? Talk with an admissions representative today.

To complete your online application, you’ll need:
If you don’t have these materials ready yet, that’s okay. You can start your application now, hit “save,” and then log in later to complete it.

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To apply for the MS in Accountancy program, you must submit an official score from your GMAT exam. From the GMAT website, enter code B7L-4N-20 for the UST MS in Accountancy Degree program to send us a score report.

Current St. Thomas undergraduate accounting majors may request a waiver of this requirement.

To apply to this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting (or an equivalent course of study*) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent). We need original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, sent directly from the school. The only exception is for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits—we don’t need transcripts for those.

Send via email: If your institution offers electronic transcripts, ask them to email your transcript(s) to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

Send via mail: Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official. Send to:

University of St. Thomas
Graduate Records - Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

International applicants: Please see the transcript requirements in the international checklist below.

*Equivalent coursework includes all of the following upper-level courses: an intermediate accounting sequence of courses, auditing, corporate income tax, cost accounting, advanced accounting, accounting information systems, business law and financial management.

As part of your online application, you need to provide the name and email address of two individuals who can provide a recommendation. At least one of these recommendations must be from an accounting professor. Other recommenders can be employers, co-workers or anyone who can speak to your professional abilities and fit for an MS in Accountancy program.

Your recommenders will receive an email from us with instructions for submitting their letter using our Recommendation Form, which will cover:

  • Their relationship to you and how long they’ve known you
  • Their impression of your ability to succeed in a graduate business program
  • Your outstanding characteristics, and areas where you need to grow or develop
  • Your present impact on your organization or business
  • How graduate study would influence your professional growth

In addition to completing the prerequisite coursework and submitting an online application, letters of recommendation, current resume, and a personal statement, international students must also submit an English proficiency test score and an international transcript evaluation.

English Proficiency Tests

If English is not your native language, you must submit scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS. If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

Minimum score requirements:

  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each of the four sections. 
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): minimum score of 22 for listening, 22 for reading, 26 for speaking and 24 for writing, for an overall minimum score of 94. 

To submit your test score, you’ll need our institutional code: 6110. Official score reports (not photocopies) are required. Please keep in mind that scores may take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive in our office.

International Transcript Evaluation

To apply to the MS in Accountancy program, you must have at least the international equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. If you completed your undergraduate or graduate work at a college or university outside of the United States, you must complete a transcript evaluation.

There are two ways to complete this evaluation (choose one):

  1. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is an independent transcript evaluation services that the Opus College of Business accepts for international transcript evaluation. If you choose to have ECE do your evaluation, you will receive a copy of the evaluation. Visit the ECE website  and choose “Start Your Evaluation” to begin.
  2. If you already have a transcript evaluation, or would prefer to arrange your own evaluation, email the admissions office or call (651) 962-4110. We first need to ensure that the evaluation service you use is accepted by our university.

Application Deadlines

St. Thomas undergraduate accounting majors are eligible to apply for the program as early as J-Term of their Junior year. Accounting majors from other institutions are eligible to start the program in other terms depending on when they complete their bachelor's degree.

With our rolling admissions process, applications are welcomed before or after the priority deadline and reviewed once the file is complete. Those who meet the priority deadline will have earlier access to course registration.

J-Term 2020

Early consideration deadline: October 1st

Priority deadline: November 1st

Rolling admissions through Early December

Spring Term 2020

Preferred deadline: November 1st

Priority deadline: December 1st

Rolling admissions through January 9th

Fall Term 2020

Preferred deadline: March 1st

Priority deadline: July 1st

Rolling admissions through mid-August

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Start Your Online Application

Ready to take the first step toward your MS in Accountancy? Start your online application today. You can save it as a draft, and log in later to complete it. Contact us for more information. 

Tuition & Fees

$31,713 total program cost at current tuition rates
MS in Accountancy: 31 credits

Per Credit $1,023
Technology Fee Per Term $112.50
Health Fee Per Term $12.50 - $35
Textbooks and Other Materials Per Course $100 - $200


When you are admitted to our MS in Accountancy program, you are automatically considered for several scholarships. These scholarships are:
  • Provided by corporations, public accounting firms and private donors
  • Primarily awarded based on merit
  • Worth up to $5,000 toward program costs

Support for Veterans

If you’re a military veteran, we’ll waive your application fee. You can also defer your acceptance and any scholarships for one year, if your plans are delayed by your service. In addition, we provide unlimited Yellow Ribbon awards.
Megan Huggett, left, and Adrian Trow talk over papers during a staged photoshoot with Opus College of Business student tutors in McNeely Hall on March 20, 2018 in St. Paul.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is any resource that assists you in paying your tuition and fees. If you’re seeking aid, here are some great places to start: 

  • Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement benefit policies
  • Explore private or governmental grants and scholarships
  • Look into student loans provided by state and Federal government, or private lenders

How to Apply for Financial Aid

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