When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Master of Accountancy, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.
Eligibility and Requirements
We know you're more than a test score or a grade. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach when considering applications, which means we look at who you are as a person and what you would bring to our program and campus community. While we encourage our applicants to meet the minimum criteria, the inability to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas. Generally, Master of Accountancy applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
We review each applicant’s undergraduate academic record, taking into consideration the difficulty of the curriculum and the scholastic quality of the school attended.
- Prerequisite coursework (if you did not major in accounting), or waiver
The following 3-credit courses, or their equivalent, are required prior to beginning the program. You may request a waiver if you have extensive, relevant work experience. Please see the Colorado State University catalog or contact us to discuss your educational background.
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Statistics for Business Students
- Principles of Finance
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I
- Intermediate Accounting II
- Cost Management
- Introduction to Taxation
- Accounting Information Systems
- Auditing Practices
- GMAT or waiver
The test must have been taken within the past five years. If you score below 550 on your first attempt of the GMAT, you must retake it. If you take it more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration. You may request a waiver if you are pursuing an accounting concentration with CSU's College of Business and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher at the time of application; or have passed all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam; or have significant work experience in accounting and/or finance. GRE exams are accepted only if you have earned a graduate degree in another field. Please note that the GMAT is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship.
- Written communication skills
We evaluate your written communication skills via the statement of purpose and resume that you'll supply with your application.
- Demonstrated capability, skills, and goals
We evaluate your capability, skills, and goals via the professional recommendations, resume, and statement of purpose that you'll supply with your application.
- International applicants: Internet-based TOEFL score of 95 or higher, an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher, or a PTE score of 70 or higher
Other TOEFL testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.
For fall admission:
May 1 for all applicants
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines
may occur before
the application for admission deadlines.
The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.
We accept applications for fall admission only. The application deadline for fall admission is May 1. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.
- Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
- Visit gradadmissions.colostate.edu/apply to start your application.
- Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
- Under "Program," choose from: Accountancy (M.A.C.C.), Accountancy/Taxation (M.A.C.C.), Accountancy/Data Analytics and Systems (M.A.C.C.), or Accountancy/Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting (M.A.C.C.).
- Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
- Official transcripts
Original and official transcripts must be received from each institution you attended, including the institution from which you received your degree. Institutions may mail or email transcripts directly to the address below. If you already have sealed, official copies of your transcripts, you may mail those directly to us. (Student copies are not accepted.)
International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.
Mail transcripts to:
Colorado State University, Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
- Academic performance explanation (if GPA is below 3.25)
If your most recent degree (undergraduate or graduate) cumulative GPA is below 3.25, explain the circumstances relating to your past academic performance on your online application.
- Three professional recommendations
Recommendations provide insight into your skills and expertise in the professional environment and areas where a graduate degree can help you improve. Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide your recommenders' information on the online application. CSU will contact them and give them a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
- GMAT or GRE or waiver petition form
Take the GMAT or GRE and have scores sent electronically to Colorado State University directly from the testing service (school code 4075). Or, if you qualify and want to petition for a GMAT or GRE waiver, complete the waiver form, which will be available after you submit your online application. See eligibility section for more information.
- English language proficiency test (if needed)
International applicants must complete the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE if the official language of your country is not English or if you did not earn your undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S.-accredited institution. Test scores must be submitted directly to Colorado State University (school code 4075) from the testing centers. See eligibility section for more information.
- Statement of purpose
A statement of purpose is a one-page letter addressing 1) why you chose our program, 2) what you hope to do with the knowledge and skills you would learn, and 3) what value you and your background would bring to the program. You will upload this document to your online application.
- Current résumé
Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state, and country for your employment and academic history. You will upload this document to your online application.
- Pay the application fee
Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).
- Submit the online applicant data sheet
Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).
- Check your status
We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.
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