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FAQs | MS Accounting

  • Question: How much is tuition for the MSA program?

    Answer: The program costs are: Indiana Resident: $15,000; Non-Indiana Resident: $30,000; International: $34,500

  • Question: What materials are required to apply?

    Answer: Please see our Application Requirements and International Requirements page for an overview of necessary application materials.
  • Question: How do I apply for a scholarship/assistantship?

    Answer:  All applicants are considered for scholarships and assistantships during the admission review process. Therefore, there is no specific application process for these awards. The Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office will notify you if you are a candidate for these awards. For more information, please see the Financial Aid page.
  • Question: Who should I have write my recommendations?

    Answer:  At least one recommendation should come from a faculty member who can comment meaningfully on your ability to pursue graduate-level study in accounting. The second may come from another faculty member or from someone who has supervised you in an internship or other professional situation. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for our full-time programs are not acceptable.
  • Question: Is full-time work experience required in order to apply?

    Answer: No. We seek students who are academically prepared.
  • Question: What is the minimum GMAT score?

    Answer:  Krannert does not have a minimum GMAT score that applicants must meet. The Admission Committee takes a holistic review of a candidate’s application when rendering an admissions decision. However, in order to gauge your competitiveness, please refer to our class profiles.
  • Question: What is Krannert’s school code so that I can send my official GMAT score?


    The name of the program you are applying to is the 'code' required for reporting your GMAT score.
    For MS Accounting - Reference - MS (Accounting).

    We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test score reports should be sent to the specific program you have applied at Purdue University and must be received by the deadline to which you are applying.  Admission decisions are not finalized until official scores are received.  (Visit for complete information regarding the test.) 

  • Question: Can I submit my GRE score in place of the GMAT?

    Answer:  No. The MS(A) program requires the GMAT.
  • Question: What Language Assessment tests does Krannert accept? What is the minimum required score for each test?

    Answer:  The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of English language assessment testing, including all types of TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.  Please refer here for test requirements.

    Please note:  English language assessment test scores are valid for a period of three years.  If the test is expired, you will be required to retake an exam.  The test must be valid at the time your application is under review by the Purdue University Graduate School.

  • Question: In order to have my official TOEFL score report submitted to Krannert, what is your school code?

    Answer:  You will need to use institution code 1631; however, no department code is necessary.  Please refer to  for information on how report your official scores.
  • Question: Though I am an international applicant, the majority of my education was instructed in English. Am I still required to take some form of English language assessment test?


    Waivers for the English Proficiency test are available for applicants who received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 36 months at the time of recommendation for admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. If you are admitted under this waiver and are still finishing your degree, you must satisfactorily complete your degree and submit a final official transcript showing that this degree has been awarded BEFORE the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) can produce your US immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) or before you can enroll in courses at Purdue University.  For detailed information and eligibility, please review the country/location where English is the native language.

  • Question: If I am an international applicant, can I qualify for a waiver of the English language assessment test?

    Answer:  Only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree within the past 36 months from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language.  In order to meet this requirement, receipt of degree must fall within the 36 month period when your documents are under review by the Krannert School of Management and the Purdue University Graduate School.  Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken.
  • Question: Can I submit my application without test scores?

    Answer:  No. Unless test scores have been waived or are not required, please do not submit your application unless test scores are provided. It is strongly recommended that you submit only the scores you intend to have reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Applications will not begin the review process until all application materials (including payment, test scores, transcripts, and recommendations) are received by the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office.
  • Question: Am I required to submit proof of financial support with my supplemental materials?

    Answer:  No.  Proof of financial support is only required of international students who receive a favorable admissions decision. Please do not include proof of financial support with your application. Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).
  • Question: Who do I contact for financial aid information?

    Answer:  Please see our Financial Aid page for information pertaining to assistantships, scholarships, and student loans.
  • Question: Are admission interviews required?

    Answer:  Not all applicants are requested to interview, as interviews are by invitation only per the Admissions Committee.
  • Question: How do I schedule an admission interview?

    Answer:  If requested to interview, you will be invited by an Admissions representative through email which will include details regarding the interview process. The majority of interviews will be conducted through Skype with video capability.
  • Question: Am I eligible to apply with a B-Comm?

    Answer:  We recommend the completion of the Master of Commerce degree, but will consider applicants who have completed the equivalent of one full year of university work in a degree-seeking program beyond the Bachelor of Commerce degree. This requires a total of sixteen years of education in a university setting.  Correspondence courses and/or ‘certificate programs’ offered by organizations or non-university groups do not meet this requirement.  A ‘post-graduate’ diploma’ does not meet this requirement.
  • Question: May I request a waiver of the application fee?

    Answer:  The Krannert School of Management will satisfy the application fee for domestic applicants of its MS Accounting program who are permanent legal residents of the United States and/or those applicants who have successfully completed a Purdue University or Purdue Global baccalaureate degree. By removing the barriers of the application fee for qualified domestic students it is our goal to make the transformative experience available at the Krannert School of Management more affordable and accessible.
  • Question: Does Krannert offer spring enrollment?

    Answer:  Yes, the MS Accounting program offers both Spring and Fall enrollments.
  • Question: Does Krannert accept transfer credits?

    Answer:  No.  The Krannert Master’s programs do not accept transfer credits at any time.
  • Question: If I am enrolled, is it possible for any of the core courses to be waived?

    Answer: No, not at this time.
  • Question: Can I have a paper application sent to me?

    Answer:  No.  All applications must be completed and submitted online. We do not provide or accept paper applications.
  • Question: How can I check the status of my application online?

    Answer:  Visit the Purdue Graduate School Admission system for status updates. Your application will progress from "submitted" to "awaiting decision" to "decision released". Once all materials are received, decisions are generally released within 10 business days.
  • Question: Are there any prerequisites/specific courses required in order to apply?

    Answer:  While a baccalaureate degree in Accounting is strongly preferred, we will consider students who have completed a minor or concentration in Accounting from an accredited U.S. institution.  Students without an Accounting degree, minor, or concentration may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following courses or their equivalents:  Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, and Auditing.
  • Question: If I have applied to Krannert previously but was denied admission, what is the process to reapply?

    Answer:  Applicants are permitted to apply to one program per year.  If reapplying, a new application must be completed in its entirety. To assess your competitiveness, please refer to our individual program pages.  For further details regarding the reapplication process, please contact
  • Question: Does the Krannert School of Management offer any online Master’s degrees?

    Answer: Yes, we offer our MS (Economics) and Online MBA. The Weekend MBA is a hybrid model and has a 'partial' online component.