MPAcc How to Apply

MPAcc How to Apply

Academic Eligibility Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School of Penn State, 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.

Academic Background

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in business and the course-work should be substantially similar to the Penn State Behrend undergraduate degree in business. If the degree is in business but not in accounting then applicants should have the following courses or their equivalents completed – ACCTG 211 Financial and Managerial Accounting; ACCTG 310 Federal Taxation; ACCTG 340 Cost Accounting; ACCTG 371 Intermediate Accounting I; ACCTG 403 Auditing; and ACCTG 472 Intermediate Accounting II – with a B or better in every course. Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the junior and senior years and 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the accounting courses. 

Questions about prerequisites and grades in your undergraduate coursework should be directed to Dr. Ashutosh Deshmukh, phone 814-898-6438.

MPAcc Application Information

Admission to the MPAcc program is granted jointly by The Graduate School of Penn State University and Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business.

Completed applications are processed on a rolling basis. 

New students will begin the program only in a fall semester.

For fall 2018 admission, domestic applications are being processed now through June 18, 2018.


To Apply:

  1. Submit Penn State’s Graduate School Online Application and application fee.

    If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT yet reviewed the Requirements for Graduate Admission, please do so.

    If you have read both the Graduate School requirements and the Black School of Business MPAcc requirements (below) and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application.

    Note that once you submit your application, you can still access it to upload documents.

    Skip questions that don't know the answer to, such as junior/senior GPA or GMAT/GRE scores.

  2. Upload a Statement of Intent.  The statement should address the following questions and should be a page in length.
    • Why have you chosen to pursue the Penn State Behrend MPAcc degree?
    • How will these studies help you achieve your personal and professional goals?
    • Indicate your current or most recent work experience.
  3. ​​Upload transcripts to the application. Upload only official transcripts that were sent to you in a sealed envelope.
  • Don’t upload student or advising transcripts or ones that have UNOFFICIAL marked on them. Once uploaded, you cannot delete them.

  • If your bachelor’s degree has been conferred, we recommend that you order two official (sealed) transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Open one envelope and upload this to the application. Keep the other transcript sealed; this will be sent to the Graduate School later in the process, if you are offered admission. If your bachelor’s degree has not been conferred, order one official (sealed) transcript and upload to the application.

  • Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send the second official (sealed) transcript to the Graduate School located at University Park. You will receive instructions directly from the Graduate School. If you have not yet completed your degree, you will be required to submit an official and “final” transcript, upon graduation. The “final” transcript documents the date of degree conferral and the degree completed.

  • Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of their academic history.

  • Upload 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.

Individuals with international credentials have additional requirements.