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Patterson School of Accountancy
University of Mississippi

Apply for a Master’s Program

You may apply up to a year in advance of the time at which you plan to begin your master’s studies.

Applications are accepted by the Graduate School. During the application process, you will enter basic information, choose your starting term for the program, and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee.

In choosing your starting term, you’ll want to keep in mind that the master’s program takes approximately 10-12 months to complete. Students take courses in fall and spring semesters as well as summer terms. The following starting terms are available as options in the application process: Fall Semester, Winter Intersession, Spring Semester, May Intersession, Full Summer Term (includes First Summer Term and Second Summer Term), and August Intersession.

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 – priority deadline to apply for summer or fall in order to be considered for a Patterson School of Accountancy graduate assistantship
  • May 1 – deadline to apply for all summer terms (May intersession; full summer term, which includes first summer term and second summer term; August intersession)
  • August 1 – deadline to apply for fall semester
  • December 1 – deadline to apply for winter intersession and spring semester

Your official transcript and official GMAT score (if applicable) are required to complete your application. If you are an Ole Miss undergraduate, your transcript will automatically be uploaded to your application. If you are attending a school other than the University of Mississippi for undergraduate, your official transcript should be sent to You do not need to send junior or community college transcripts. You only need to send your GMAT score to one program. The Patterson School of Accountancy will have your score on file even if you choose to apply for a program other than the one for which you chose to send your score. GMAT codes for our programs are listed below.

  • Patterson School of Accountancy – Master of Accountancy: QG4-60-47
  • Patterson School of Accountancy – Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics: QG4-60-18
  • Patterson School of Accountancy – Master of Taxation: QG4-60-44
  • Patterson School of Accountancy – Master of Taxation & Data Analytics: QG4-60-54

Admission Requirements

Requirements for full admission to a master’s program include completion of the required prerequisite courses (and minimum grades where applicable), a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GMAT score of 450 unless you qualify for a GMAT waiver.

The GMAT will be waived for Patterson School of Accountancy accounting majors who earn an overall or resident GPA of 3.0 or higher and for undergraduate accounting majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from other AACSB-accredited institutions. However, the GMAT is required for all students who wish to be considered for a PSOA graduate assistantship. For students who will submit a GMAT score in the application process for summer or fall, taking the GMAT no later than winter break is strongly recommended. For students who will submit a GMAT score in the application process for spring, taking the GMAT no later than summer is recommended. We ask students who do not meet the GPA requirement for a GMAT waiver to make up to three attempts if needed to achieve the minimum score of 450 required for admission. Students are strongly encouraged to share all GMAT scores earned with the PSOA.

If you are an accounting major at the University of Mississippi or at another institution that has separate accounting accreditation by AACSB International, completion of Income Tax I and Auditing (or equivalent courses) with grades of C or above is required.

If you are accounting major in a program that does not have separate accounting accreditation by AACSB or if you majored in a field of study other than accounting, successful completion of these undergraduate courses is required: Financial (Intermediate) Accounting I and II, Cost Control, Auditing (grade of C or higher required), Income Tax I (grade of C or higher required), Business Law, Principles of Economics I and II, Economic/Business Statistics I and II, Legal Environment of Business, Management Principles, Marketing Principles, Business Calculus, and Business Finance. If a required course is not available at your undergraduate institution, then you may take the course at the University of Mississippi.

International students from countries other than those on the Office of Global Engagement exemption list are required to submit documentation of English language proficiency; international students who have earned degrees at U.S. institutions are exempt from the English proficiency exam requirement.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for full admission may be considered for admission in another category.