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MS Accounting

Fall 2021 Application Period:
International Applicants: October 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2020 to June 1, 2021

MS Accounting Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs
Fall 2021 Application Period:
International Applicants: October 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2020 to June 1, 2021
  • All applications and supplemental items must be received by the deadline.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible.
  • We accept applications for fall quarter admission only.

Prior to the program start date, an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 U.S.A. scale) with particular emphasis placed on the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) is required to apply.

Meeting the minimum may not be sufficient to obtain admission. The program is competitive and most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0.

Applicants must have completed (i) four (4) quarter units of Federal taxation (U.S. Tax Code) and (ii) eight (8) quarter units of intermediate financial accounting courses (U.S. GAAP)1.

1 Financial accounting topics must include comprehensive coverage of all financial statements (including the Statement of Cash Flows), current and non-current assets (including intangible assets and investments), current liabilities, time value of money, long-term notes and bonds, stockholders’ equity, and revenue recognition.

English Proficiency for International Students:

International applicants are required to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) in order to apply. The exam must have been taken within the last two years and a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS is required. Most successful applications will have qualification better than the minimum.

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $70 (USD) is required.

On Cal State Apply you will submit each of the required items listed below:

Statement of purpose:
Summarize your career objectives, experience and reason for interest in this degree program

A resume including education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications, if any, and memberships

Letter of recommendation:
Two (2) confidential letters from a professor or manager/supervisor

Test scores:
Graduate test scores (GRE/GMAT) are not required for this program.

Undergraduate transcript(s):

Official transcripts need to be sent directly from the degree-granting institution and received by the application deadline. You are encouraged to also send unofficial transcripts from ALL baccalaureate institutions where you have been enrolled.

Mail to:
Cal Poly Admissions Office
1 Grand AVE
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Cal Poly will accept transcripts received via Parchment. If your school is registered with Parchment, please select Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as your institution and your transcripts will be sent directly to us.

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through a provider other than Parchment, please have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

Note: Official transcripts are not needed from students who received their undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and have not attended any other colleges or universities since their graduation from Cal Poly.

The table below outlines program costs for academic year 2020-2021, excluding books, room and board, and other personal expenses. Fees are estimates and are subject to change.

Program Costs Breakdown


U.S. Residents


Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 24,795

$ 24,795

University Union Fee*

$ 787

$ 787

Health Services Fee*

$ 673

$ 673

Commencement Fee

$ 95

$ 95

International Fee

$ 900

International Health Insurance

$ 1565


$ 26,350

$ 28,815

* Access to the Recreation Center and Health Center begins Fall Quarter.

Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline for Fall 2021 (International Applicants)

Apr 1, 2021

Application Deadline for Fall 2021

Jun 1, 2021

Program Start Date - Accelerated Programs

Aug 10, 2020


Admissions FAQs

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in accounting to be admitted into the program?

No. You do need to have a bachelor’s degree but it does not have to...

Is the GMAT or GRE test required in order to apply to the MSA program?

No. The MS Accounting program does not require the GMAT or GRE test.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Please check Cal Poly’s financial aid web site for your options in this regard. (


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