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Application Deadlines

We have rolling admissions and admit students until the program reaches capacity. Due to a 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 GPAs 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 articulating your career goals and your motivation for pursuing an accounting graduate degree at Clemson University. Please see application for specific questions to be addressed in your personal statement.
  • GMAT scores; official scores are required upon admission*
    *GMAT Waiver: Applicants may apply for a GMAT waiver if: (1) they have five or more years of accounting experience or (2) they have all of the following: (a) completed nine or more semester hours of upper-division accounting courses, (b) an overall GPA of 3.4 (4.0 scale) or higher, and (c) an upper-division accounting GPA of 3.4 (4.0 scale) or higher. Students wishing to receive a GMAT waiver should send their unofficial transcript(s) and an email requesting consideration for the GMAT waiver to Professor Barnes. The student will be notified via email of the waiver decision in five to ten business days.
  • One-page resume
  • Letters of recommendation from two references
  • International applications must be completed by April 15th for Fall and September 15th for Spring. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores 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? Request Information

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.