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Graduate Admission Requirements and Instructions for Completing the Application Materials for Master of Science In Accounting (MSA) Program

The MSA program has a policy of rolling admissions. An admission decision will be made within 10 business days after your application packet is complete.

  1. An undergraduate degree in accounting with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0. Special consideration will be given to applicants with GPAs below 2.75 who have obtained the CPA or CMA designations and/or who have substantial relevant experience.
  2. An undergraduate degree in any field with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0; at least 24 hours in general business courses; and completion of the following four courses (or equivalent) with a minimum passing grade of “C”:
    a. Intermediate Accounting I
    b. Intermediate Accounting II
    c. Advanced Financial Accounting
    d. Cost Management
  3. Non-refundable $50 processing fee

Those with a CPA and/or 5 years of experience in the accounting field will receive special consideration. 

International Student Admission Requirements:

  • All of the above requirements
  • Official TOEFL scores (if English is not your native language) 550 paper based score, 213 computer based score, or 79 internet based score
  • International students are required to submit the following additional documents:  TOEFL scores sent directly from the Education Testing Service, Confidential Financial Certificate, and High School Leaving Certificate (Educational Summary)
  • SPSU reserves the right to request a transcript evaluation from a credible evaluation agency.  SPSU approved agencies:

A provisional admission will be given to students who do not have the four required accounting courses listed above.  Students who earn a B in each course will be fully admitted into the program; otherwise a student will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program. 

What documents should I submit in order to be considered for admission?
In order for an application to be complete, all required documents must be submitted and evaluated.

• An application for admission to a graduate program

• An official transcript from each college previously attended

• Three letters of recommendation from faculty, work supervisors, clients, or professional colleagues

• A description of relevant work experience, if applicable

• A Statement of Purpose, describing professional career goals and how completion of the graduate program will help achieve them

Note: to begin the financial aid process. 

For detailed information, please visit the SPSU Graduate Programs Admission page at


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                                       Graduate Admission                                      
                                       Southern Polytechnic State University
                                       1100 South Marietta Parkway

, GA  30060-2896 

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