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.
If you have previously taken undergraduate accounting courses and need advice on the specific undergraduate courses you still need for the Master of Professional Accounting program, send your unofficial transcript to [email protected] with your request for assistance.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items 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.
GPA and Test Scores — GPA from the final two years of undergraduate studies is required.
*Please note: the GRE/GMAT requirement will be waived for those submitting an application to start in the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.*
GMAT or GRE scores are required for all applicants to the Master of Professional Accounting degree. Submit your official GMAT or GRE score report from within the past five years using these codes:
- GMAT code listed as: Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg - School of Business Administration - Master of Professional Accounting - Online, BN6-F4-96.
- GRE code: 2660 for Penn State
Individuals with a JD, MD, Ph.D. or with certification as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, or Certified Financial Analyst may ask for consideration for a GMAT waiver in the Additional GPA & Test Score Notes section of the application. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis by the program director.
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.
References (2) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload a one- to two-page résumé highlighting your full-time employment and/or military experience to the online application.
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 Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.