Applying to the M.S. in Accounting
Applicants to the M.S. in accounting program are accepted on a rolling basis. Suggested application dates are listed below, but applications are accepted at any time until a week before classes begin. You may begin in the fall or spring semester.
Domestic applicants: July 1
International applicants: June 1
Domestic applicants: January 1
International applicants: November 15
1. Application Fee
A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application.
2. Bachelor’s Degree
A four-year bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. If you have a three-year non-U.S. degree, you may request a review for determination as to equivalency.
Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework are required with your application. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage. An English translation must accompany transcripts issued in a language other than English.
Submit a resume or curriculum vitae that documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received and a summary of your educational credentials.
Applicants may have majored in any area during their undergraduate study. However, the M.S. program has as prerequisites the equivalent of the accounting courses required for an undergraduate accounting major as well as completion of courses meeting Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International general skills, business and management knowledge areas.
Normally, those holding an undergraduate business degree from an accredited AACSB International program will have met the general skills, business and management knowledge areas requirements outside the area of accounting.
Courses taken to fulfill the prerequisites will not count towards fulfilling the 30 credit-hour requirement of the M.S. in accounting.
- The equivalent of the accounting courses required for an undergraduate accounting major:
a. ACCT 315 Intermediate Accounting I
b. ACCT 316 Intermediate Accounting II
c. ACCT 327 Cost Accounting
e. Business Law
- Completion of courses meeting AACSB common body of knowledge requirements
6. GMAT/GRE Optional
GMAT/GRE Test scores are not required.
Our typical applicant has the equivalent of a 4-year US Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (as a major or concentration) with a 3.3/4.0 GPA or a similar degree with two years of accounting work experience and a 3.1/4.0 GPA.
If you wish to strengthen your application you may take, at your option, the GMAT/GRE. As we update our application system to reflect that GMAT/GRE score are no longer required, if you are opting not to take the test, please use 01/01/2025 as a future test date in the test section of the application so we are aware that you will not be taking the exam.
7. Personal Statement
Submit a personal statement that details your goals and objectives and clearly identifies your interest in the Lerner College degree program.
8. Two Letters of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendation forms are emailed directly from the online application to the individuals whose names and email addresses you provide. Instructions for returning the completed forms is included in the emails.
* Visit the registrar’s website for residency requirements.
All graduate students are responsible for mandatory fees in the Fall and Spring semesters. These fees vary based on whether a student is taking the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit the Graduate Fees and Financial Aid page in the Graduate Catalog for full details.
English Proficiency Requirements
As an international applicant, you must demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by doing one of the following:
- Submit a TOEFL score of 100 or higher,
- Submit an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher,
- Provide proof of having earned a college degree in a country where English is the primary language, or
- Apply through the Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The Graduate & Professional Education office provides more detailed TOEFL information on its test scores page.
Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP) provides international students acceptance into the program without the need to take the TOEFL exam. After completing Graduate CAP at the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute (ELI), you begin your graduate coursework at Lerner.
Services for International Students
UD and the Lerner College offer many services to help you, both in class and out.
- The Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
- Graduate student organizations
- Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)