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Deadlines and Important Dates

Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete:

  • Spring DeadlineApply by November 15 to start January 9
  • Summer DeadlineApply by March 15 to start May 15
  • Fall DeadlineApply by July 15, 2023, to start August 21, 2023

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.

Admission Requirements 

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 [email protected].

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following as part of your application:

Official transcripts 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. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

GRE and GMAT test scores are NOT required.

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.

Begin the Graduate School application

  • Choose "Certificate Admission" as the enrollment type
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "Accounting" as the certificate

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.

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