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Application Information

The Clemson Master of Professional Accountancy Program has reached capacity for Fall 2018 and therefore is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018. You may apply for Spring 2019 starting in May.

Application Deadlines

We have rolling admissions and admit students until the program reaches capacity. Due to the large number of applicants, we recommend that you submit your completed application by December 31st for fall admissions and September 30th for spring admissions. Admissions after December 31st and September 30th will be considered on a space available basis. Applicants seeking merit-based financial awards (assistantships and/or fellowships) must apply by December 31st for fall admissions and September 30th for spring admissions. Please click here to apply.


We currently accept new applicants in both the fall and spring semesters. Students entering our program should have a four-year baccalaureate degree. Additionally, they should have completed 30 semester hours in core business courses and 18 (or 21) semester hours of upper division accounting prior to enrollment in our program. The business core includes but is not limited to principles of accounting, business law, economics, finance, management and marketing. The 18 (or 21) semester hours of upper division accounting include intermediate accounting (six or nine hours), accounting information systems, auditing, cost/managerial accounting and individual income tax.

While the program no longer maintains minimum requirements for admission, students with less than a 530 GMAT and a 3.00 (4.0 scale) for both their overall grade point average (GPA) and their upper division accounting GPA are generally not admitted. In addition to the overall GMAT score, students are expected to score above the 20th percentile on each of the four sections of the GMAT (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing and integrated reasoning). International students with an internet-based TOEFL (IELTS) score less than 95 (7) are generally not admitted. It is also important to note that exceeding these respective scores does not guarantee admission, as recent MPAcc class GMAT scores and GPRs are significantly higher than these suggested scores. The Admissions Committee generally requires all applicants who score below 530 on their first GMAT attempt to retake the exam. See information on GMAT waiver below.

Admission to the Clemson University MPAcc program requires submission of our online application. Please have the following components prepared when you begin your application:

  • Application Fee of $80 domestic/$90 international
  • Personal Statement answering either of the following questions: “Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in accounting?” and “Why do you want to get an MPAcc from Clemson University?"
  • GMAT scores; official scores are required upon admission*
    *GMAT Waiver: Applicants may apply for a GMAT waiver if: (1) their overall GPR is 3.4 (4.0 scale) or higher and their upper division accounting GPR is 3.2 (4.0 scale) or higher; or (2) they have five or more years of accounting experience. Students wishing to receive a GMAT waiver should send their transcript and an email requesting consideration for the GMAT waiver to our program coordinator (Professor Pearse - Student will be notified via email of the waiver decision in five to ten business days. Note: students must have completed at least nine semester hours of upper division accounting courses to be considered for the waiver.
  • One-page resume
  • Letters of recommendation from two references
  • International applications must be completed by April 15. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score may be required as well as Financial Certification form and documentation.

Confirmation Payment

  • Admitted applicants who accept the Accounting program admissions offer will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable confirmation payment expressing their intent to enroll and become eligible to complete the new graduate student onboarding process, including class registration.
  • Upon matriculation into the Accounting program, $470 of the student’s $500 payment will be applied to tuition, minus a $30 processing fee
Questions about the program?

For questions about the MPAcc Program, please contact Suzanne Pearse.

For information about tuition, financial aid and assistantships contact The Graduate School.

For admissions requirements and process, prerequisites, student responsibilities, curriculum, course calendar and course descriptions consult the MPAcc Program Handbook.