Master's in Accountancy/Taxation Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about our Master's in Accountancy/Taxation program.

Can I apply if I do not have a bachelor's degree in accounting?

We require all students to have the equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree. If you do not have an equivalent degree, we will assign you prerequisite coursework to complete prior to matriculation or as part of the graduate program. Contact the Graduate Accountancy Programs office at acctinst@sandiego.edu for a list of prerequisite courses. 

Non-accounting, business undergraduate degree:
If you have a non-accounting, business undergraduate degree, you may apply but you will be required to complete the 24 semester units of accounting prerequisite coursework (27 semester units of accounting prerequisites for the MTAX program). If you have 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 24 semester units of accounting prerequisite coursework (27 semester units of accounting prerequisites for the MTAX program) and 18 semester units of business prerequisite coursework. If you have 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 for completing all upper division accounting prerequisites and business prerequisites to be considered for admission to the program.

Are there additional requirements?

For MACC Track B: Business Analytics in Accounting, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have completed Accounting Information Systems and Statistics for Business and Economics or the equivalent with grades of B or better. You must also participate in an interview with an admissions counselor from the master's in business analytics program. This will take place after you have been admitted to the MACC program.

Do you accept transfer students or transfer credits?

If you are already enrolled in a MACC or MTAX program at another AACSB accredited business school, you may be able to transfer a maximum of six credits of coursework (assuming prerequisites are met). Transfer requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the academic director. Applicants must complete the full graduate accountancy application. 

Do you offer conditional admissions?

Unfortunately, we do not. To be considered for admission to the MACC or MTAX program, your application must be complete including all supporting documents and required test scores.

Can admitted applicants defer admission?

Yes. Once you are admitted, you can request to defer admission to the MACC or MTAX program by submitting the $1,000 non-refundable deposit in order to secure your place and contact the Graduate Accountancy Programs office at acctinst@sandiego.edu indicating that you would like to defer admission for either one semester or one year.

What happens if I am not admitted? 

Being denied does not impact potential admission decisions in the future. You are welcome to reapply the following semester or the next academic year. You can request feedback on your application by contacting the Graduate Accountancy Programs office at acctinst@sandiego.edu.

 

 

 

When is the application deadline?

All applications are processed on a rolling basis. This means that the admissions committee will begin reviewing an application soon after it is submitted and all documentation has been received. Admission decisions will be made throughout the admission cycle. Please submit your completed application before the deadline for your intended start date. 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents

  • Intersession - November 1
  • Spring - December 1 
  • Summer - May 1
  • Fall - June 1

International applicants

The deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 1. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is November 1. We are unable to accept applications from international applicants for the January intersession or summer terms. All documents must be received by the deadline.

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

Within a few days of submitting your online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate Admissions titled "Track Your USD Application" containing login information for your MySanDiego portal. In this portal, you can review your personal application checklist to make sure we have received all your application materials.

Since your application status can change daily, we encourage you to be proactive in making sure your application is complete. Please note that it can take one week or longer to process your materials during busy periods. If your submitted documents are not showing as received, it is possible they have not yet been processed by our graduate admissions staff. We cannot review your application until we have received and processed all required materials.

What are the application requirements?

  • Graduate application (including $125 non-refundable application fee)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts 
  • GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Graduate Application Checklist

International applicants

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants also need to submit:

  • For students educated in a language other than English, a TOEFL score of 92 or IELTS score of 7 
  • Students educated outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course trancript evaluation from one of the approved agencies listed on the International Applicant Checklist below. 

International Graduate Applicant Checklist

Do you need transcripts from every college I have attended?

Yes. In addition to official transcripts from the university where you earned your undergraduate (bachelor's) degree, transcripts from community colleges, study abroad programs, summer courses and/or graduate work are required to show completion of accounting and business prerequisite courses, even if transfer units appear on another document.

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

The GMAT/GRE is not required for admission.

Where do I send official transcripts and additional application materials?

We encourage applicants to send supporting application materials (official transcripts, standardized test scores, transcript evaluations, etc.) via secure electronic means to expedite processing. Please keep in mind that in order to be considered official, all materials must be sent electronically directly from the institution or organization providing them. Materials emailed from applicants will not be accepted. 

Please send all supporting materials to grads@sandiego.edu.

If the institution or organization can not support electronic delivery, materials may be mailed to:

University of San Diego
Office of Graduate Admissions
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Are there specialized tracks or concentrations?

Master's of accountancy students must select one of the two specialized tracks: Track A  (Business Reporting and Analysis) or Track B (Business Analytics in Accounting). See the Sample Schedule tab for additional information. You can select your track after admitted to the program and in discussion with the academic director. 

How long is the program?

If you have an undergraduate accounting degree, the MACC or MTAX program is 30 units (10 courses) and will take anywhere from 10 to 12 months to complete on a full-time basis. If you do not have an accounting degree, you will need to take prerequisite classes in addition to the graduate accountancy courses, which may extend your program. While you have flexibility in how many classes you take and when, it is recommended that you plan carefully as classes are generally offered once a year.

For international applicants, the program is 30 units (10 courses) and may include additional prerequisite courses, spread out over approximately 17 months. 

When and where are classes held?

Our graduate courses are held year-round on-campus during fall, intersession (January), spring and summer. Classes have various start dates throughout the semester. Classes that are five weeks long are held two nights per week. Our ten-week classes are held one night per week. Prerequisite classes are held during daytime hours.*

*Note to students in MACC Track B (Business Analytics in Accounting): MSBA classes are held on-campus, several days a week and take place during the day. These classes last for two to eight weeks.  

What is the cost?

Tuition is based on a per-unit fee. There are no additional tuition charges for international students or non-California residents since USD is a private institution. You can visit USD's tuition chart to see the estimated cost for the current academic year. 

Is work experience required?

Work or internship experience is not required prior to starting the MACC or MTAX programs.

Can I study part-time in this program?

The MACC and MTAX programs are flexible and can be completed either full-time or part-time.

 

Is there a required pre-program/orientation?

Yes. The International Student Introductory Program (ISIP) is required for international students unless you have worked or attended a school in the U.S for two or more years. 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.

Note: Students not attending ISIP are required to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation, which is held in August with the Office of International Students.   

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

We require an evaluation of coursework completed at institutions outside the U.S. You are required to submit an official course-by course transcript evaluation as part of the application. The list of approved providers is available on the International Applicant Checklist. Some providers offer USD applicants a discount via a custom link to the evaluation application. 

I am an international student attending a school in the U.S. What should I do?

Official transcripts from all schools where you attended in the U.S. are required. In addition, if you attended a school outside the U.S. and transferred to a school in the U.S. we required an evaluation of coursework completed at institutions outside the U.S. You are required to submit a Course-by-Course Transcript Evaluation as part of the application. The list of approved providers is available on the International Applicant Checklist. Some providers offer USD applicants a discount via a custom link to the evaluation checklist. 

Can the English Language Exam requirement be waived?

A TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for all international applicants. The English Language Exam requirement may only be waived if you have earned a 4-year bachelor's degree or 2-year master's degree, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. Waiver requests based on living or working in an English-speaking country, or based on educational pursuits that resulted in less than a 4-year bachelor's or 2-year master's degree, will not be accepted. 

All waivers must be requested by the student applicant. Waivers are granted on an individual basis for a specific program and term. Waivers are not guaranteed under any circumstances. 

To request an English Language Exam waiver, see the International Applicant Checklist.

What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score?

"Knauss School of Business" graduate programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 92 or a minimum IELTS score of 7. Your test score report must be no more than two years old from the time you submit your online application. USD will only accept official scores. To submit your TOEFL or IELTS score, use the USD school code 4849.

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

If you retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at grads@sandiego.edu. Your TOEFL or IELTS score is verified after we receive your online application. If you retake the exam after applying, you must let us know so that we verify your new score.  

Does USD accept three-year bachelor's degrees?

If you were educated outside of the U.S., you are required to submit an official international transcript evaluation as part of your application. The evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation from one of the approved providers on the International Applicant Checklist

Applicants educated in India: Typically, three-year bachelor's degrees earned in Division I and II at institutions accredited by NAAC with a minimum grade of A are viewed by World Education Services (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.