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Admission Requirements

MS in Accounting

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: All required application materials are due by June 30.

    • Priority Deadline: May 1

  • Spring Admission: All required application materials are due by December 1.

    • Priority Deadline: October 1

  • International Applicants: Please be advised that there are additional university requirements that may take additional processing time - you are encouraged to apply prior to the application deadline if possible to ensure that if admitted, all required documentation can be provided prior to the term of entry.

  • Graduate Assistantship (GA) applications can be found here. Please attach directly to your online application in the designated area.


Admission to the Master of Science in Accounting program generally requires:

  • Completed university application and nonrefundable application fee.

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting (or the equivalent in undergraduate coursework) from a regionally accredited university or college. 

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 AND a minimum GPA of 3.0 in accounting courses, preferred. Based on a 4.0 scale.

  • A total score of 550 or better on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or a combined score of 300 or better on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), preferred. GMAT and GRE scores must be sent directly to the MS in Accounting Program. The institution code for the GRE is 4855.  

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (post-secondary) must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the University of Wyoming Admissions Office at 1000. E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071. Official University of Wyoming transcripts do not need requested to the department. Copies of all transcripts must also be uploaded into the UW Graduate Admissions Application.

  • Letters of recommendation (3). Professional or education-related letters of recommendation provided directly by the reference via the UW Graduate Admissions Application.


Additionally, to be admitted to the Master of Science in Accounting program, a student must have a bachelor’s degree and must have completed courses in the following core areas:

  • Accounting (U.S. GAAP, U.S. tax code, U.S. Auditing, Managerial Accounting)

  • Finance

  • Management

  • Marketing


Coverage in these courses must include:

  • Ethical and global issues

  • Political, social, legal, and environmental issues

  • Technological issues

  • The impact of diversity on organizations


Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Provide proof of satisfactory English ability if native language is not English by completing the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimum acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score is 540 on the Paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) or a  score of 76 on the Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. An applicant whose native language is English and is a citizen of one of the following countries or has earned a university level degree from a school in one of the following countries may be exempt from providing additional proof of English proficiency: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Australia, Bermuda, Canada (all provinces except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

  • Distance Education Only: An applicant whose native language is English or who has earned a university level degree from an English speaking university may be exempt from providing proof of English proficiency. 

  • International students must also prove sufficient financial resources as established by the University of Wyoming (Graduate International Student Admissions). (not applicable for distance education students)


NOTE: The Master of Science in Accounting is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting in the United States. However, other students can be admitted to the program once deficiency courses have been taken. Those holding a bachelor’s degree from within the U.S., but not in accounting, and international applicants can still apply for admission once the deficiency courses have been successfully complete. We do not provisionally or conditionally admit students to our program.

These are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission or funding. Students who have earned their undergraduate degree in Accounting from a United States AACSB accredited institution with the minimum preferred GPA are eligible to have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the program office for additional information. For a comprehensive list of United States AACSB accredited schools, please visit the AACSB webpage.


Additional Detail:

To obtain a CPA license, the State of Wyoming requires 24 credit hours of upper-division or graduate level accounting courses; Colorado requires 27 credit hours of non-introductory accounting courses. Please refer to the AICPA state requirements for Wyoming and Colorado for more detailed information.


To apply to the Master of Science in Accounting Program complete the University Graduate Admissions Application (UW Graduate Admissions Application).

Contact Us

Graduate Programs

Department of Accounting and Finance

1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3275

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-2482


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