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How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

STANDARD ADMISSION

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting from a regionally accredited university in the United States. Prerequisites include at least 18-semester credits in upper-division accounting topics and at least 15-semester credits in other business topics. See details regarding the accounting and business courses required.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • GMAT exam score ≥ 500 OR GRE exam score of at least 152 for both verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections
    Because of the closure of testing centers due to COVID-19, we are suspending the GMAT/GRE requirements for Fall 2020.

FAST TRACK ADMISSION

Because of the closure of testing centers due to COVID-19, we are suspending the GMAT/GRE requirements for Fall 2020.
Please email the MSA FAST TRACK FORM to the Graduate Studies Office if you think you meet the fast track admission at graduatebusiness@boisestate.edu.
You do not need to submit an essay or a GMAT/GRE score if you meet the following criteria:

  • 3.3 or higher GPA in all upper-division accounting courses (including the required 18 credits of upper-division accounting courses)
    AND
  • 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA

OR

  • Currently licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

OR

  • Earned an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution (Master’s, Doctorate) in any discipline.

TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM

Step 1 – Apply to Boise State University’s Graduate College

Complete the Boise State Graduate College Application.

Step 2 – Request Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Instructions for submitting your official transcripts.
You can skip this step if you have recently graduated from Boise State.

Step 3 – Apply to the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

After submitting the graduate admission application (Step 1), you will complete the MSA program application. You can access the program application by logging into your application account, clicking “View Application” and selecting the “Accountancy” orange link in the left menu. The program application includes:

  • Uploading a current detailed resume highlighting your professional work experience. Do not be concerned with brevity. Please include start and end dates (month and year) for each position held, and indicate full or part-time.
  • Uploading a list showing three references (a person who has been your direct supervisor in a professional setting or your professor in an academic setting). Include name, title, phone number, email address, and the reason why this person is a reference.
  • Uploading an essay by answering one (1) of the following three questions. The response should be limited to two double-spaced pages.*
    Essay is waived with Fast Track Admission.
    • Discuss your career goals, both short-term and long-term. How will Boise State University’s MSA program help you achieve these goals?
    • Discuss two or three situations in the past three years where you have taken a leadership role. How do these events demonstrate your managerial potential?
    • Please give a brief, candid evaluation of yourself. Include some discussion of your strengths and weaknesses. What do you consider most unique or distinctive about yourself?
  • Submitting official GMAT or GRE scores*
    Because of the closure of testing centers due to COVID-19, we are suspending the GMAT/GRE requirements for Fall 2020.
    GMAT/GRE is waived with Fast Track Admission.
  • International Students must complete the TOEFL exam with a score of 587/240/95 or IELTS score of 6.5 or better. They may be asked to provide a statement of adequate funding and certified English translations of transcripts. Details at the International Admissions Students page.

Application for Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester
Priority deadline – June 1
Applications will be accepted up to two weeks before the start of the semester you wish to enroll.
(For students who are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, we recommend applying to the program by February 1 to ensure program acceptance by the March 1 GAship application deadline)

Spring Semester
Priority deadline – October 1
Applications will be accepted up to two weeks before the start of the semester you wish to enroll.
(For students who are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, we recommend applying to the program by September 1 to ensure program acceptance by the October 1 GAship application deadline)

Summer Session
Priority deadline – March 1
Applications will be accepted up to two weeks before the start of the semester you wish to enroll.
Apply online today through the Boise State University Graduate College website.