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MS Accounting Admissions and Requirements

Quick reference guide to apply to our program

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Start Dates

  • Spring 2022: January 10, 2022
  • Fall 2022: August 22, 2022

Application Deadlines

Spring Start

Application Deadline
Priority Domestic / Final International November 1
Final Domestic / Internationals currently living in the U.S. November 29

Fall Start

Application Deadline
Priority Domestic January 15
Final International March 1
Final Domestic / Internationals currently living in the U.S. June 1


Applications for the Krannert School of Management must be completed using Purdue’s Graduate School online application, and will not be considered until all required materials have been received (international applicants - this includes the non-refundable $75 application fee).

Current Krannert students may apply to the Accounting Pathway Program.

If you are an international applicant, please carefully review both the "requirements" and "additional requirements" tabs below. 

Application Fee and Waivers

Krannert waives the MSA program application fee for:

  • Domestic applicants who are permanent legal residents of the United States
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a Purdue University or Purdue Global baccalaureate degree
  • Active Service members and Veterans of the U.S. military
  • Individuals who participate in special programs (see full list as determined by the Purdue University Graduate School)
  • International applicants are subject to a non-refundable $75 application fee

For more information please contact Kyle Rice, Assistant Director of Recruitment.

Note: If you pay the application fee before the fee has been waived, it is non-refundable.

Tuition and Financial Aid 

To learn more about the estimated investment required for the program and financial aid opportunities, please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page

For detailed information on all application requirements, see below:

Application Requirements

For a quick reference guide on the application process download our checklist.

For ease of review, please include the essay question as a 'title' above your response.

  • Statement of Purpose (500 words max): Please submit a statement introducing yourself to the Admissions Committee. Some topics you may wish to discuss include a brief academic and professional background, reason for seeking a Master’s degree at Purdue, desired career path after graduation and your thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus.

  • Optional (250 words max): If you feel there are any parts of your application that require additional explanation, or if there is any additional information you wish to share with the Admissions Committee, please use this optional essay as an opportunity to do so.

The Diversity Fellowship Applicant Essay is not required for admission consideration to our programs. You are welcome to complete the Diversity Fellowship Essay should you feel you meet the criteria for the Fellowship award. This Fellowship is awarded through the Purdue University Graduate School independently from your Krannert Masters Programs admission process.

To be eligible for admission to this remarkable program, the following are required:

  • The equivalent of a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree with a major in Accounting, based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP)

Applicants without a specific degree in Accounting must have completed the following courses to be eligible:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting (MGMT 200 or equivalent)
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting (MGMT 201 or equivalent)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (MGMT 350 or equivalent)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (MGMT 351 or equivalent)
  • Auditing (MGMT 506 or equivalent)

Applicants to the MS Accounting program will be evaluated by a committee consisting of Accounting faculty and administrators. Applicants will be evaluated via a holistic process that will assess the following:

  • Potential for academic success
  • Potential for professional success
  • Ability to contribute to the learning environment of the program

  • Two online recommendations are required in order for your application to be reviewed.

  • No paper recommendations will be accepted. We prefer that recommenders be faculty or instructors who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. We strongly urge that one recommendation is from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed.


  • You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records only at the request of the graduate program or in the event of a favorable admission decision and you choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Official documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University
Young Hall, Room 170
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

  • Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office via sealed envelope to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. The transcript must be sent to
  • All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.  The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process. Transcripts will not be returned.

Uploading Transcripts (international applicants, see international section)

  1. All applicants must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript and diploma/degree certificate are not in English, an English translation (certified by the college or university which issued it) must be uploaded.

  2. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.

  3. If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appears on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.

  4. Degree-Seeking Applicants:  Upload a transcript for every institution of higher education attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded, into the online application. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the awarding of that degree.

  5. Non-Degree Applicants: If you are applying for non-degree classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree which could include a transcript, a copy of the diploma or a degree certificate verifying the degree.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required for the MS Accounting Program.  Any scores submitted will be considered, so check with your program specialist before submitting.

International Applicants

Applications for the Krannert School of Management must be completed using Purdue’s Graduate School online application. International applicants must follow a slightly altered application process.

Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. If you are a Permanent Resident, non-U.S. Citizen, please upload a copy of your alien registration/green card within the online application. Permanent residents who do not provide a copy of an alien registration number will be reclassified as an international student for admission consideration and fees.


Credit Evaluation

International students who are attending/have attended a non-U.S. undergraduate institution are strongly encouraged to check whether their institution is listed on one (not both) of the business school accreditation web sites listed below: 


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

If your school is listed on either web site, no further action is needed by you.

If your school is not listed on either of the web sites above, we recommend that you make sure that the course credits you earned while attending a non-U.S. undergraduate institution are reasonably likely to be accepted as part of the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam.  You can learn this by submitting a completed evaluation of your credits through a credit evaluation service such as FACS Evaluation (or an equivalent company). 

If you seek this evaluation, please send your completed credit evaluation to the Krannert School of Management Master's Programs Office for review

Credit Evaluation - Strongly recommended for international students who are/have attended a non-U.S. undergraduate institution.  It ensures that your credit hours will count toward the CPA exam education requirements.


Official Language Test Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School. Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing. Krannert School of Management requirements are:
    • Paper based-test (minimum score of 600)
    • Computer-based test (minimum score of 260)
    • Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 20, Speaking 22, Listening 18, Reading 22, and Total 93)
  • For the Internet-based test, all 5 minimum scores must be satisfied. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from the Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit TOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631.

  • The Graduate School accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. A copy of the official IELTS report must be scanned and uploaded into the online application. Krannert School of Management requirements are: An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section. For more information, visit

  • All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL and IELTS must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.

  • As an international student, you may be considered for an English language assessment test waiver only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree, 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 a degree must fall within the 36 month period when your documents are under review by the Krannert School of Management and Purdue University Graduate School.  Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken.

Academic Transcripts and Applicant Eligibility

  • Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. In order to be considered for admission to the Krannert School of Management, international applicants must hold a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college in the U.S. or abroad. This requires 16 years of education in a University setting, which must be the equivalent of a four year U.S. Bachelor’s degree.

  • Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement. Transcripts must indicate “grades earned” for all courses taken. Please note that a summary of semester totals alone does not meet this requirement.

  • Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration.

  • If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must upload both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation.

*You must also upload a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. A Provisional Certificate does not meet this requirement.


Supplementary Information for International Students

The Krannert School of Management does not require proof of financial capability until after a student has been admitted. We ask that you not include it when submitting 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).