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Patterson School of Accountancy
University of Mississippi

Master’s Program Admission Requirements

Requirements for full standing admission:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GMAT score of 450 if you do not qualify for a GMAT waiver
  • Completion of the required undergraduate courses, with minimum grades where applicable
  • Minimum required English language proficiency exam score(s) if you did not earn your undergraduate degree in the U.S. (Citizens of countries on the exemption list and students who graduated from institutions in those countries are not required to submit scores.)

You may apply prior to completing the required undergraduate courses. Any remaining course requirements will be noted in the terms of admission to the master’s program.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for full standing admission may be considered for admission in another category. Admission in a category other than full standing requires fulfilling specified grade and/or course requirements and limits financial aid eligibility.

Information specific to international students is available on the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT is waived for:

  • PSOA accounting majors with an overall or resident GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Undergraduate accounting majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from other AACSB-accredited institutions.

The GMAT is required for all students who wish to be considered for a Patterson School of Accountancy (PSOA) graduate assistantship.

When to Take the GMAT

If you plan to start your master’s program in summer or fall, you’ll want to take the GMAT in summer or fall of the year prior (and no later than the end of December).

If you plan to start your master’s program in winter intersession or spring, you’ll want to take the GMAT by the end of the summer.

Be sure to consider application deadlines and the timeframe for receiving your score when scheduling your GMAT.

We ask students who are not eligible for a GMAT waiver to make up to three attempts if needed and send us all GMAT scores received.

Required Undergraduate Courses

University of Mississippi accounting majors: minimum grades of C in ACCY 401: Auditing and ACCY 405: Income Taxes I

Accounting majors from other institutions with separate accounting accreditation by AACSB International: minimum grades of C in undergraduate auditing and tax courses that are equivalent to ACCY 401: Auditing and ACCY 405: Income Taxes I

Accounting majors in programs without separate accounting accreditation by AACSB and applicants who majored in a field of study other than accounting:

If a required course is not available at your undergraduate institution, you can take it at the University of Mississippi.

Questions about admission requirements? Please contact Dr. Jennifer McClure, Director of Master’s Programs, at or (662) 915-1675.