AdmissionPage address: http://cob.mnsu.edu/msa/program/admission.html
Admission to our MSA Program is competitive. An undergraduate degree is required for admittance; undergraduates in their senior year can apply for admission but would not be able to take MSA courses until their degree is conferred. Applicants with degrees other than accounting must complete, at a minimum, the Intermediate Accounting course sequence before applying for the MSA. Applicants without an undergraduate accounting degree must complete equivalent undergraduate accounting courses before beginning their MSA coursework. Equivalent coursework would include, at a minimum, the following subjects: introductory financial accounting and management accounting, intermediate financial accounting, advanced financial accounting, cost or management accounting, auditing, individual income tax, corporate income tax, and accounting information systems. A business law contracts course is strongly recommended as well.
For students who are six to eight credits from their undergraduate degree in Accounting access to MSA courses is possible.
The admission process is the same whether you are planning to take courses in Mankato or at the Normandale Campus:
Students must first obtain admission from the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The application is available at grad.mnsu.edu/applying. This completed application, along with two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, a completed immunization form and a $40 application fee must be submitted to:
College of Graduate Studies and Research
Minnesota State University, Mankato
115 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Students who do not use English as their first language must demonstrate the ability to study in English by submitting a score of at least 500 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test, 173 on the computer-based test or 61 or better on the web-based exam. We will also accept a score of 6 or better on the IELTS. Applicants from countries where English is the sole official language of instruction [Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, For students who are six to eight credits from their undergraduate degree in Accounting access to MSA courses is possible. Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda and Wales] are typically not required to submit TOEFL results.
A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 500 or above is also generally required. Test scores must be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies and Research from GMAC. This requirement will be waived for applicants meeting one of the following criteria:
- Applicant has an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business or is in the last semester completing an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the Intermediate Accounting courses.
- Applicant has passed the CPA exam.
- Applicant has a PhD, JD, or MD.
- Applicant has a Master’s from an AACSB accredited business school.
After review of your application, the admissions committee, at their discretion, may also request the submission of two letters of reference. The committee may also request that the applicant participate in an interview with the chair of the MSA program.
Accounting students with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and with a 3.2 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in Accounting 300 and Accounting 301 are not required to take the GMAT for entrance into the MSA.