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Master's admission criteria


The Department of Accounting's (the Department) admission criteria for its master's programs have been developed to conform to State of Texas requirements and are based on the general admission requirements of the Graduate School.


All applications for admission are reviewed individually. Admission decisions are based on factors associated with academic success in graduate study and may include any of the following criteria: (1) undergraduate grade point average, (2) graduate grade point average,(3) GMAT scores, (4) professional work experience, (5) professional certification or licensure, (6) letters of reference, (7) the applicant's personal statement, (8) prior successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, (9) prior successful completion of a post-baccalaureate degree, and (10) general and specific program accreditation status of the applicant's degree granting institution(s). Standardized test scores are not used as the sole criterion for admitting applicants or denying admission to applicants. Recommendations are not required.


Depending on the circumstances applicants may:


        (1) Receive unconditional, probationary, or provisional admittance; or

   (2) Have their application denied or deferred.

Applicants whose documentation does not satisfactorily demonstrate readiness for graduate study may be denied admission. A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.


Unconditional admission is granted to applicants whose documentation clearly demonstrates a readiness for graduate study. Probationary admission may be granted to individuals who do not meet the Department's admission requirements but who nevertheless show promise for successful graduate study. Students admitted on this basis must meet certain academic requirements to remain in the program (such as no grade less than B for first 2 semesters of graduate study). An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.  Provisional status lasts through the initial semester of admission.

Admission Criteria

For degree seeking students, the Department has two alternative sets of conditions that allow applicants to be unconditionally admitted without review by the Department's Petition Committee. The Departmental graduate advisor reviews all applications and determines if they qualify for admission under one of these two sets of criteria.


Applicants who do not satisfy the conditions for unconditional admission are referred to the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee for consideration. Additional information will be requested by the Graduate Advisor of the applicant for this review.


Admission criteria, including admission by Departmental Committe, conforms with the requirements as currently stated in Graduate Catalog for the Accounting Department:

An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies as defined under Admissions Requirements and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog. International applicants must submit a TOEFL score or IELTS score that meets the standards as listed in the Graduate Admission requirements which are located here: