Deadlines and Important Dates
Your application will be reviewed when all of your portfolio items have been submitted.
- April 18 for summer semester admission
- July 18 for fall semester admission
- November 18 for spring semester admission
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
If CPA licensure is your goal, please verify your state's rules and requirements. See the State Regulations for more information.
If your undergraduate degree is not in accounting, you should have completed or be in the process of taking the following minimum core of accounting course work (or its equivalent) prior to submitting your application:
ACCTG 211: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (generally Principles of Accounting I, covering financial accounting, and Principles of Accounting II, covering managerial accounting, at other universities)
ACCTG 310: Federal Taxation I (covering individual taxation) — ACCTG 211 is a prerequisite for this course.
ACCTG 340: Cost Accounting — ACCTG 211 is a prerequisite for this course.
ACCTG 471: Intermediate Financial Accounting I — ACCTG 211 is a prerequisite for this course.
ACCTG 472: Intermediate Financial Accounting II — ACCTG 471 is a prerequisite for this course.
ACCTG 403: Auditing — ACCTG 471 is a prerequisite for this course.
Should you decide to take any of the prerequisite courses through Penn State World Campus, you'll need to complete a nondegree enrollment form and course registration form. Scan and email your completed documents, along with an unofficial transcript as evidence of your undergraduate degree, to AcctOnlineMPAcc@psu.edu.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
- Choose "Certificate Admission" as the enrollment type
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Accounting" as the certificate
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee.
You will need to upload the following as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.