Application Deadlines:

Domestic students can apply between Tuesday, September 1 through Monday, November  15 for the spring 2021 semester, and between Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, July 23 for the fall 2021 semester. However, it is highly recommended that applicants not wait until the application deadline date since enrollment is limited.

Domestic students who want to be considered for partial academic scholarship and stipends for the fall of 2021 must have their applications submitted by Thursday, April 1.

International students must apply by Monday, February 1 for fall 2021 admission.

Admissions is open to all candidates with a bachelor’s degree from any major with the accounting foundational courses listed below. Applicants are evaluated for admission based on undergraduate GPA, both overall and in accounting coursework, and if applicable, TOEFL score. Applicant's essay response and ratings from references (if applicable) are also considered. Applicants who meet the following admission requirements are accepted into the program as soon as all required materials are submitted:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum undergraduate accounting GPA of 3.2
  • International students must have a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90, or IELTS score of 7, or score at least 30 on the verbal section of the GMAT exam

Accounting Foundational Courses: Twenty one semester hours of the following accounting courses (3 semester hours each), completed at an accredited college or university, are required for the MSACC program. (Examples of acceptable courses at the University of Kentucky are in parentheses.):

  • Financial Accounting (ACC 201)*
  • Managerial Accounting (ACC 202)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC 301)*
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC 302)*
  • Accounting Information Systems (ACC 324)
  • Auditing (ACC 403)**
  • Concepts of Income Taxation (ACC 407)***

* Financial Accounting and the Intermediate Accounting courses must be based on the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

** The Auditing course must be based on the U.S. Auditing Standards Boards and the PCAOBs standards.

*** The Concepts of Income Taxation course must be based on the U.S. Tax Code.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete either a one semester (fall, spring or summer) accounting internship or have equivalent work experience prior to entering the MSACC program.

Compliance with Regulations

The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, or handicap. Please refer to the Graduate School Bulletin for further information at