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Admissions Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting from a regionally accredited university in the United States. Students with a non-accounting degree must have at least 18 semester credits in upper-division accounting courses and at least 15 semester credits in other business courses.
    Undergraduate Prerequisites (list of required undergraduate courses if your don’t have an undergraduate degree in accounting)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • GMAT exam score ≥ 500 OR GRE exam score of at least 152 for both verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections


Please email the FAST TRACK FORM to the Graduate Studies Office if you think you meet the fast track admission at
You do not need to submit an essay or a GMAT/GRE score if you meet the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 18 credits in upper-division accounting courses (300, 400, or 500 level) at a regionally accredited university in the United States
    AND have a GPA of at least 3.3 in all upper-division accounting courses
    AND have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3


  • Currently licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).


  • Earned an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution (Master’s, Doctorate) in any discipline.


Step 1 – Apply to Boise State University’s Graduate College

Complete the Boise State Graduate Admissions Application. On the Degree Path page within the application, select “Accountancy-MS” from the Program or Certificate drop down list.

Step 2 – Request Official Transcripts

Request official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities you attended. Please note: All transcripts must be RECEIVED by Graduate Admissions and Degree Services by the above application deadline.

Step 3 – Apply to the Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation (MSAT)

After submitting the graduate admission application (Step 1), you will complete the MSAT program application. You can access the program application by logging into your application account, clicking “View Application” and selecting the “Accountancy” orange link in the left menu. The program application includes:

  • Uploading a current detailed resume highlighting your professional work experience. Do not be concerned with brevity. Please include start and end dates (month and year) for each position held, and indicate full or part time.
  • Uploading a list showing three references (a person who has been your direct supervisor in a professional setting or your professor in an academic setting). Include name, title, phone number, email address, and reason why this person is a reference.
  • Uploading an essay by answering one (1) of the following three questions. Response should be limited to two double-spaced pages.*
    • Discuss your career goals, both short-term and long-term. How will Boise State University’s MSAT program help you achieve these goals?
    • Discuss two or three situations in the past three years where you have taken a leadership role. How do these events demonstrate your managerial potential?
    • Please give a brief, candid evaluation of yourself. Include some discussion of your strengths and weaknesses. What do you consider most unique or distinctive about yourself?
  • Submitting official GMAT or GRE scores*
  • International Students must complete the TOEFL exam with a score of 587/240/95 or IELTS score of 6.5 or better. They may be asked to provide a statement of adequate funding and certified English translations of transcripts. Details at the Department of Admissions International Students page.

Application for Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester
Priority deadline – June 1
(For students who are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, we recommend applying to the program by February 1 to ensure program acceptance by the March 1 GAship application deadline)

Spring Semester
Priority deadline – October 1
(For students who are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, we recommend applying to the program by September 1 to ensure program acceptance by the October 1 GAship application deadline)

Summer Session
Priority deadline – March 1 

Apply online today through the Boise State University Graduate College website.