Application Process

The application process for the Penn State Smeal MAcc (Master of Accounting) program.

Admission Criteria

The Penn State Smeal MAcc Program requires a set of prerequisite courses and features a multi-step application process, during which you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Penn State Graduate School Application
  • Admissions Essay
    • What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your MAcc experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
  • Resume
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Video Application Response
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Academic recommendations preferred
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
  • GMAT or GRE Scores: The submission of a GMAT or GRE score is optional for Penn State students. The submission of a GMAT or GRE score is also optional for all other students with a cumulative GPA at the time of application of 3.50 or higher. Applicants with a cumulative GPA at the time of application of less than 3.50 who are not from Penn State must submit a GMAT or GRE score.
  • Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

The Penn State Smeal MAcc features multiple application deadlines throughout the year. Application reviews and decisions are made on a rolling basis. All aspects of the application process must be completed, submitted, and received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission.

Deadlines for Fall 2023 Intake Submit Your Application By Expect a Decision By
1st Round October 1 December 1
2nd Round December 1 February 1
3rd Round February 1 April 1
4th Round April 1 June 1

Admission Decisions

All applications will be reviewed by both the Penn State Smeal MAcc Program Admissions Office (MAcc requirements and admissions criteria) and the Penn State Graduate School (verification of educational documentation and credentials and international visa requirements). You may be contacted by parties from either area.

Admission is granted first by the Smeal MAcc Program and then by the Penn State Graduate School. The Graduate School does not act on your application without a recommendation from the MAcc Admissions Office. The only accurate way to confirm receipt of your application materials and to check the status of your application is to contact the Smeal MAcc Admissions Office at

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a strong commitment to ethics and integrity as reflected in our Honor Code. The admissions committee will not tolerate any form of plagiarism or appearance of impropriety in an applicant’s materials. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through iThenticate authenticity software. 

For more information on academic integrity and plagiarism: "Academic Integrity" and "Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Copyright"

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a deny decision. Email with questions.

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