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MS Accounting Application Requirements & Deadlines

For a quick reference guide on the application process, download our checklist

Applications for the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business must be completed using Purdue's Graduate School online application and will not be considered for review until all required materials have been received.

For more detailed information on how to submit your application, please review the steps to apply.

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Application Deadlines

We offer a rolling admissions process, with your application deadlines as follows:

Spring Start

Application Deadline
Final Applications October 1

Fall Start

Application Deadline Decision Released
Round 1 October 1 October 20
Round 2 November 17 December 8
Round 3 December 15 February 9
Round 4 March 15 Rolling
Round 5 / Final International Applicants living outside of the U.S. May 1 Rolling
Final Domestic and International Applicants currently living in U.S. June 15 Rolling

Program Start Dates

Spring - January
Fall - August

Current Daniels School students are encouraged to learn more about the Accounting Pathway Program.

Application Requirements

For a quick reference guide on the application process,  download our checklist .    

If you are an international applicant, please carefully review both the "requirements" and "additional requirements" tabs below.  

Requirements at a Glance  

  • > 2.4 GPA for STEM degrees, > 2.6 for non-STEM degrees
  • GMAT/GRE not required
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Academic statement of purpose
  • Personal history statement 


The Academic Statement of Purpose and the Personal History Statement are two of the most important documents in your graduate school application. Information in the Personal History Statement should complement but not duplicate information in the Academic Statement of Purpose. Each essay should be up to 500 well-crafted words. 

Academic Statement of Purpose (ASOP)

  • What are your professional plans and career goals? How will attending graduate school assist you in reaching those goals?
  • Describe your research, scholarly, or creative interests. What topics are of particular interest to you? Reviewers know that interests change over time but try to be as specific as possible.
  • Discuss how your experiences, skills and abilities have prepared you for graduate study. Relevant topics may include coursework, work and research experiences, internships, presentations, exhibits, publications and community service. If you describe a research or scholarly experience, include information on the topic, research mentor, your role and outcomes.
  • Describe how your skills, preparation and interests are a match for the program to which you are applying. Identify faculty who share your research and scholarly interests. Reviewers will want to know that you have researched the program, faculty and key focus areas.

Personal History Statement (PHS)

Required of all applicants:

  • Describe how your background and life experiences contribute to your ability to be both persistent and resourceful in graduate school.
  • Describe how your life experiences have prepared you to contribute to an academic community where scholars with diverse research interests, abilities, backgrounds and experiences are supported, respected and valued.


  • Please address concerns that you may have that your academic record does not reflect your true capabilities and discuss mitigating factors that have affected your academic record. Reviewers will be interested in understanding your accomplishments relative to your opportunities.


To be eligible for admission to this remarkable program, the following are required:

  • The equivalent of a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree with a major in accounting, based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP)

Applicants without a specific degree in accounting must have completed the following courses to be eligible:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting (or equivalent)
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting (or equivalent)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (or equivalent)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (or equivalent)
  • Auditing (or equivalent)

Applicants to the MS Accounting program will be evaluated by a committee consisting of accounting faculty and administrators. Applicants will be evaluated via a holistic process that will assess the following:

  • Potential for academic success
  • Potential for professional success
  • Ability to contribute to the learning environment of the program

Two online recommendations are required in order for your application to be reviewed.

No paper recommendations will be accepted. We prefer that recommenders be faculty or instructors who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current and sustained observation. We strongly urge that one recommendation is from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed.

Providing Official Transcripts

If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Purdue University, you must submit official transcripts to the Purdue University Graduate School. Once you submit official transcripts to Purdue University, they become property of the University and will not be returned.

The Office of Graduate Admissions accepts electronic transcripts from accredited colleges and universities sent via Parchment Exchange, the National Student Clearinghouse, or directly from the accredited college and university. The transcript must be sent to in order to verify the authenticity of the documents.

An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts and/or English translations may be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions or you can choose to send the transcripts yourself.

Official documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University Graduate School
155 South Grant Street, YONG 170
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Uploading Transcripts into Online Applications (international applicants, see international section):

You must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended regardless of whether or not a degree was received. If a transcript and diploma/degree certificate are not in English, an English translation (certified by the college or university which issued it) must be uploaded.

The uploaded transcript and/or academic document may be from the official or unofficial version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. An unofficial transcript printed from your current/previous institution(s) student system is not an acceptable document.

If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appears on the document, remove this information from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process. Transcripts will not be returned

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required for the MS Accounting Program.

International Applicants:

Applications for the Daniels School of Business must be completed using Purdue’s Graduate School online application. International applicants must follow a slightly altered application process.

Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. If you are a permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen, please upload a copy of your alien registration/green card within the online application. Permanent residents who do not provide a copy of an alien registration number will be reclassified as an international student for admission consideration and fees.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School. Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing. Daniels School of Business preferred scores are:

  • Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 20, Speaking 22, Listening 18, Reading 22, and Total 93)

For the Internet-based test, all 5 minimum scores must be satisfied. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from the Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit TOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631.

The Graduate School accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. A copy of the official IELTS report must be scanned and uploaded into the online application. Daniels School of Business preferred scores are: An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section. For more information, visit

All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL and IELTS must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.

We do accept Duolingo English test scores to meet English proficiency requirements. The Purdue Graduate School prefers a total score of 115 as well as 115 on each subsection for admission. The Daniels School of Business prefers a total score of 125 and prefers a score 125 on each subsection.

As an international student, you may be considered for an English language assessment test waiver only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree, graduate or professional degree within the past 36 months from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language. In order to meet this requirement, receipt of a degree must fall within the 36-month period when your documents are under review by the Daniels School of Business and Purdue University Graduate School. Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken.

If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must upload both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation (certified by the college or university which issued it).

*You must also upload a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. A Provisional Certificate does not meet this requirement.

In order to be considered for admission to the Daniels School of Business, international applicants holding a 3-year degree from India are expected to complete the Part 1 exams of a university master's degree to be eligible for graduate consideration. Post-graduate diploma programs offered by universities are also acceptable to complete the 4-year requirement. Professional programs offered by external agencies, organizations or non-university groups are not acceptable.

The Daniels School of Business does not require proof of financial capability until after a student has been admitted. We ask that you not include it when submitting your application. Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).

Application Fee & Waivers

The Daniels School of Business waives the program application fee for:

  • Domestic applicants who are permanent legal residents of the United States
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a Purdue University or Purdue Global baccalaureate degree
  • Active service members and veterans of the U.S. military
  • Individuals who participate in special programs (see full list as determined by the Purdue University Graduate School)
International applicants are subject to a non-refundable $75 application fee.

For additional information about tuition and program costs, please contact the program specialist for details.

Note: If you pay the application fee before the fee has been waived, it is non-refundable.

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