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Application Information

Offers of admission are conditional upon satisfactory completion of remaining undergraduate coursework (including coursework equivalent to a specified sequence of Penn State undergraduate accounting courses) and obtaining a bachelor's degree before entering the One-Year MAcc Program.

The One-Year MAcc Program requires students to complete an internship during the spring semester of the program. In order to fulfill the requirement, the internship must be accounting-related.

All applicants should understand that the admissions process is competitive. The Accounting Department at Smeal bases acceptance decisions on the applicants:

  • Undergraduate record with particular emphasis on courses that are indicators of aptitude for a rigorous accounting program
  • GMAT scores (current Penn State students are exempt from providing GMAT scores)
  • Essays submitted as part of the application
  • Resume
  • Two professional or academic references
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • The Department may also require applicants to successfully complete an exam testing basic accounting knowledge

Start an Application

To apply to the One-Year MAcc Program, use the Penn State Graduate School Application. You can return to this portal anytime during the process to access your application.

The application becomes available in late-August of each year for the following year. For example, the application for admission in Fall 2016, will become available in late-August 2015.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two professional or academic references
  • GMAT scores - current Penn State students are exempt from providing GMAT scores
  • TOEFL scores - only US citizens, permanent residents, and international students who have already received their bachelor's degree in the US are exempt. If you are an international students who is still completing your bachelor's degree, but have not yet graduated, you are still required to submit a TOEFL score.

To be eligible for the One-Year MAcc Program, international applicants must hold an F-1 visa AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. International applicants must also complete all four years of their bachelor's degree in the United States. International applicants in a "2+2 Program" are not eligible for the One-Year MAcc Program.

GMAT and TOEFL scores are only accepted if sent by the testing organizations directly to Penn State. DO NOT send copies of your scores to us. Also, do not send financial information unless you are accepted into the program and we request that information.

To have your GMAT scores sent, please enter the program code: ZZ8-HD-53

To have your TOEFL scores sent, please enter Penn State's code: 2660

Please make sure to review the Penn State Graduate School's Requirements for Admission.

Deadline Information

The application deadlines have changed.

There are two deadlines for US Citizens and permanent residents, one in the fall, which is November 1, and one in the spring, March 1. You cannot apply more than once during an admissions cycle - August through March.

International applications are due by February 1.

Offers of admission are valid for 60 days. To accept an offer, you must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.

Applicants have up to one week after the application deadline to submit all required materials. Any application that is incomplete will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.