Master's in Accountancy/Taxation Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about our Master's in Accountancy/Taxation program.

When is the master's in accountancy/master's in taxation application deadline?

You're welcome to submit your completed application for our master's in accountancy or master's in taxation program anytime. Since classes start every five weeks throughout the fall, spring and summer, just make sure to submit it at least four weeks before the first class starts. Once we've received and processed all the required materials, we'll make an admission decision within two weeks after your application file is complete. For international students, the deadline to apply is June 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. We are unable to accept applications from international students for the Summer term. 

How can I make sure all of my materials have been received?

After we receive your application, USD Graduate Admissions will send you login instructions to the MySanDiego portal. From there, you can track the status of your application anytime. Since your application status can change daily, we encourage you to be proactive in making sure your application is complete.

Just a note: It can take one week or more to process your materials during busy periods. In case your materials aren't showing that we received them, it's possible they just haven't been processed yet by our Graduate Admissions staff. We cannot review your application until we have received and processed all your required materials.

Can admitted applicants defer admission?

Yes. Once you're admitted, you can request to defer admission to the MACC or MTAX program by submitting the $1,000 non-refundable deposit along with an email to the graduate accountancy programs office at acctinst@sandiego.edu indicating that you'd like to request to defer admission for either one semester or one year.

What happens if I'm not admitted to USD's master's in accountancy/master's in taxation program?

Being denied doesn't impact potential admissions decisions in the future. In fact, we welcome you to reapply for the next semester or next academic year. You can always request feedback on your application by contacting the graduate accountancy programs office at acctinst@sandiego.edu. Since we have a large volume of applications, email is the best way to contact us.

What are the requirements for admission to the master of science in accountancy (MACC) or master of science in taxation (MTAX) programs?

  • Online MACC or MTAX application
  • Application fee of $80, payable-online and is non-refundable
  • Resume
  • Personal statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College/University transcripts including transcript evaluation for international applicants
  • GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GMAT score of 550
  • TOEFL of 92 or IELTS score of 7 are required for international applicants

See Application Checklist

Please send all application material to:
University of San Diego
Office of Graduate Admissions
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4524
grads@sandiego.edu

Can I apply if I don't have a bachelor's degree in accounting?

We require all students to have the equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree. If you don't have an equivalent degree, we will assign you prerequisite coursework depending on the kind of undergraduate degree you possess.

Non-accounting, business undergraduate degree:
If you have a non-accounting, business undergraduate degree you may apply but you'll be required to complete the 27 semester-unit accounting prerequisite coursework. In case you already completed some of the undergraduate requirements, we will consider these courses and units for waiver.

Non-accounting, non-business undergraduate degree:
If you do not have an undergraduate accountancy or business degree you may still apply. However, we require that you complete the 27 semester-unit accounting prerequisite coursework and 18 semester-unit business prerequisite coursework. In case you already completed some of the undergraduate requirements, we will consider these courses and units for waiver.

International students:
As an international student, you are required to have the equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree. This includes 18 semester units of upper division business coursework and 18 semester units of upper division accounting coursework. If you do not have the equivalent of an accountancy degree, you are responsible to complete all upper division accounting prerequisites and business prerequisites to be considered for admission to the program.

Do you need transcripts from every college I've attended?

Yes. We request that you submit one official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university that you attended. This includes transcripts from junior/community colleges, transfer units from study abroad programs, summer courses and/or graduate work, even if you didn't complete a degree there.

If you are an international applicant, we require an evaluation of coursework completed at institutions outside of the United States. You must have your transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). We request that you submit a Course-by-Course Report from WES with your application.

What's the minimum GMAT score required for admissions? Do you accept the GRE?

To be admitted, we require a minimum GMAT score of 550. Unfortunately, we don't accept the GRE in place of the GMAT. To submit your GMAT score, the USD school code is 29B-Q2-68.

Can the GMAT requirement be waived?

We're sorry, but we cannot waive the GMAT requirement for work experience.

Will you know to add a new GMAT or TOEFL score to my application record if I retake the exam?

If you retake the GMAT or TOEFL exam, please contact USD Graduate Admissions at grads@sandiego.edu so that we will know to look for a new score in the GMAT or TOEFL database. Usually we only look for your score after we receive your online application. Once we receive a score for you, we stop checking unless you tell us to look for an updated score.

Do you accept electronic transcripts as official?

Yes, USD considers transcripts as official if they are sent electronically by a former school. All you need to do is have the school's registrar send the transcripts to graduate admissions at grads@sandiego.edu.

How long is the accountancy/taxation program?

If you have an undergraduate accounting degree, the program is 30 units (10 courses) and will take you anywhere from 10-12 months to complete. In case you don't have an accounting degree, you will need to take prerequisite classes in addition to the graduate accountancy courses which may extend your program up to 17 months. While you have flexibility in how many classes you take and when, you'll want to plan carefully because classes are generally offered once a year.

When and where are accountancy/taxation classes held?

Our graduate courses are held year-round on-campus during fall, intersession (January), spring and summer. Classes that are five weeks long occur two nights per week. Our ten-week classes are held one night per week. As for prerequisite classes, these are held during the daytime hours.

How much does the master's in accountancy/master's in taxation program cost?

The charges are a per unit fee for tuition. There are no additional tuition charges for international students or non-California residents since we are a private, tuition-based institution. You can visit our tuition page for the estimated cost of this school year. 

When is the master's in accountancy/master's in taxation application deadline?

If you are an international accounting student, the deadline to apply is June 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. We are unable to accept applications from international students for the Summer term. After we receive your application, the Office of Graduate Admissions will send you login instructions to the MySanDiego portal. From there, you can track the status of your application there anytime. Since your application status can change daily, we encourage you to be proactive in making sure your application is complete.

Just a note: It can take one week or more to process your materials during busy periods. In case your materials aren't showing that we received them, it's possible they just haven't been processed yet by our graduate admissions staff. We cannot review your application until we have received and processed all your required materials.

What are the requirements for admission to the master of science in accountancy (MACC) or master of science in taxation (MTAX) programs?

  • Online MACC or MTAX application
  • Application fee of $80, payable-online and is non-refundable
  • Resume
  • Personal statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College/University transcripts including transcript evaluation - see International Application Checklist below
  • GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GMAT score of 550
  • TOEFL of 92 or IELTS score of 7 are required for international applicants

See International Application Checklist

Please send all application material to:

University of San Diego
Office of Graduate Admissions
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-4524
grads@sandiego.edu

Is there a required pre-program preparation/orientation?

Yes. The International Student Introductory Program (ISIP) is required for international students. The program prepares you for a successful transition into the graduate level business program and the University of San Diego community. The program is held in early to mid-August, before fall classes begin.

Can I apply if I don't have a bachelor's degree in accounting?

We require all international students to have the equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree. The equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree includes 18 semester units of upper division business coursework and 18 semester units of upper division accounting coursework. If you do not have the equivalent of an accountancy degree, you are responsible to complete all upper division accounting prerequisites and business prerequisites in order for us to consider you for admission.

My transcripts are from a school in a foreign country. What should I do?

If you are an international applicant, we require an evaluation of coursework completed at institutions outside of the U.S. You must have your transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). We request that you submit a Course-by-Course Report from WES with your application.

What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission?

The School of Business graduate programs require a TOEFL minimum score of 92 on the Internet–based exam. The minimum score required for the IELTS is 7. In order for scores to be valid they should not be any older than 2 years. Also, USD will only accept official scores. To submit your TOEFL or IELTS score, the USD school code is 4849.

Can the TOEFL/IELTS score be waived?

We require the TOEFL or IELTS for all international applicants. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory and can only be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor's degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. If you are in the process of earning a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English, you may not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. A waiver is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the graduate accountancy programs department. For more information, please contact us at acctinst@sandiego.edu.

Does USD accept 3-year bachelor's degrees?

If you were educated outside of the U.S., we require you to have your degree evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to ensure that your undergraduate degree is equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree.

Applicants educated in India: Typically, three-year bachelor's degrees earned in Division I and II at institutions accredited by the NAAC with a minimum grade of A are viewed by WES as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Applicants with a three-year degree from India that does not meet the requirements above can complete a one-year post-graduate certificate program or a master's program in India to meet the academic entrance requirements.

How long is the program?

Our program is 30 units (10 courses) and may include additional prerequisite classes, spread out over approximately 17 months.