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 highly competitive. The Accounting Department at Smeal bases acceptance decisions on:
- Undergraduate record with particular emphasis on courses that are indicators of aptitude for a rigorous accounting program
- GMAT scores (unless you are a current Penn State student with an SAT score on file)
- Essay(s) to be submitted in application
- Resume to be submitted in application
- Two professional or academic references, included in application
- Eligibility to work in the United States
- In addition, the department may 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.
In order to be eligible for the One-Year MAcc Program, international applicants must currently (AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION) be an F-1 visa holder. International applicants must also complete all four years of their bachelor's degree in the United States (students in a "2+2 Program" are not eligible).
Please have two copies of your official transcript sent to:
One-Year MAcc Program
Smeal College of Business
354 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Please read the following information carefully:
Transcripts MUST be sent by the institution and will not be accepted if they are mailed by the applicant. We also must receive two official copies.
Current or past Penn State students seeking a reference letter from a faculty member in the Smeal College of Business should ask the faculty member to obtain an alternate evaluation form from Lara Jackson. The applicant should, in all cases, continue to list the references in the application online.
GMAT and TOEFL scores are only accepted if they sent by the testing organizations directly to the University. DO NOT send copies of your scores to us. Also, do not send financial information unless you are accepted into the program as 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.
The deadline for international students to apply for admission for the Fall 2014 semester is February 1, 2014.
The deadline for U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents to apply for the Fall 2014 semester is April 1, 2014.
The deadline for international students to apply for admission for the Fall 2015 semester is February 1, 2015.
The deadline for U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents to apply for the Fall 2015 semester is April 1, 2015.
All non-U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident applications will be held until after the February 1st deadline. Decisions will be communicated in the weeks following that deadline.
U.S. citizen and Permanent Resident applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
Offers of admission are valid for 60 days. To accept an offer, you must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.