Master of Science in Accounting

  • Applying for the Cox MSA

    Application Resources

    Your application, supporting documents and personal interview are all very important to us, but most of all, we want to get to know you. Please reach out to us with your questions, try to visit us on campus so we can meet in person, and consider attending an admissions event or class. Studying at SMU Cox is an intimate experience and connections matter — starting now.

    Application Requirements for ALL Applicants

    • Submit online application
    • Resume and Essays – uploaded in the online application (questions are available after creating and logging in to your online application and selecting MS in Accounting as the program applying to)
    • GMAT or GRE score report (from exam taken within the last five years) - Application can be reviewed with unofficial score report uploaded online. Official score report is REQUIRED after a student is offered admission (SMU Cox GMAT school code: HWG-KN-59 and GRE school code: 6660). SMU Cox BBA Undergraduates are NOT required to submit GMAT/GRE Scores.
    • Transcripts - Application can be reviewed with unofficial transcripts or degree progress reports showing cumulative GPA and grades for each course taken; Official transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
    • Transfer Transcripts - We require transcripts from any university/college at which the student earned 12 or more credit hours; Unofficial copies can be uploaded online; Official transfer transcripts are REQUIRED after a student is offered admission.
    • Two references (name & contact information only - recommendation letters NOT required)
    • You may submit the online application prior to completing the required exams, but your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received

    Application Requirements for International Students

    • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score Report to meet the English language proficiency requirement. Test scores are valid for up to two years (from test date to date of application). SMU Cox TOEFL institution code: 6660
    • The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE may be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met:
      • You will hold or currently hold an undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree from a college or university where English is the official language of instruction.
      • You have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language for at least two of the past four years.
      • You scored at or above the 80th percentile on the verbal section of the GMAT or GRE exam.

    Unable to upload your required application materials? All unofficial transcripts/test scores can be sent via e-mail to nault@smu.edu or via postal mail to:

    • Mailing Address: 
      SMU Cox School of Business 
      MSA Admissions
      PO Box 750521
      Dallas, TX 75275

     

    Prerequisites and Background Courses

    The SMU Cox Program accepts students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Currently, over 25% of our MSA students do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting. No matter the background, applicants must demonstrate the necessary background for success in the program.

    Most students who have attended colleges outside the US and those without a prior accounting degree will need to complete additional background courses at SMU during the summer to allow them to begin the MSA Program in the fall. Offers of admittance will indicate if background courses are necessary. All students must have completed introductory accounting courses (equivalent to Fundamentals of Accounting I and II) prior to being considered for admission to the MSA program.

    Faculty in the MSA Program assume that students enter the program with a minimum level of prior knowledge related to accounting. Therefore, we require that all students have a background in US reporting that includes:

    • Intermediate Accounting based on US GAAP. Having studied Intermediate Accounting in classes that focused on IFRS or another jurisdiction's standards is not sufficient preparation, as the level of familiarity with US GAAP will not be present.
    • Taxation that is focused on the US Tax Law. Again, having studied taxation under another jurisdiction or studied taxation theory is not sufficient, as the familiarity with US Tax Law will not be present to allow for advanced studies.
    • Auditing that is focused on the US SAS and PCAOB Requirements. Again, having studied audit under another jurisdiction or studied audit theory is not sufficient, as the familiarity with US requirements will not be present to allow for advanced studies.

    The goal of the MSA Program's background course requirements is to ensure students are prepared for and therefore not overwhelmed by the content, pace, and rigor of their graduate classes. 

  • Tuition & Financing

    Financing Your MSA

    A graduate management education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make, and it's likely to produce one of your biggest ROIs — you won't just boost your career and earning potential, but you'll reap personal gains, too. If you need additional funding, you'll find that a variety of loan and private scholarship opportunities are available.

    For full-time enrollment, the estimated 2018-2019 academic year tuition, program fees, and general student fees will total $47,564 for a student in the 32 hour program and $60,228 for a student in the 40 hour program. Students enrolling in the program on a part-time basis are charged per credit hour. The estimate 2018-2019 part-time rate is $1,260 per credit hour plus the general student fees of $248 per credit hour and the program fee of $600 per semester.

    Merit-Based Scholarship

    SMU Cox is able to offer some merit-based scholarships to students exhibiting high academic potential. These scholarships are currently offered only to full-time students. All students whose completed application is received by the early application deadline of January 7th for fall admission or the final deadline for spring admission will be considered for these scholarships. Choice between assurance/advisory and tax track and the applicants citizenship are not considered in awarding of scholarships.

    Ernst & Young Tax Scholars

    Funded by a generous gift from the Ernst & Young Foundation, we previously awarded Ernst & Young Tax Scholarships to a select group of students pursuing the Tax Track. Recently Ernst & Young has chosen to expand availability of their scholarships to all students. These scholarships, and others funded by endowments and annual gifts, allow us to offer merit-based scholarships to over half of our students each year.

    Additional Resources

    Other sources of financial assistance are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents which may help defray the cost of your education and living expenses including student loans. Information on some of these sources can be obtained at: http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/FinancialAid/TypesOfAid. Applicants may also seek out outside scholarships including those offered through the AICPA, state CPA societies and other outside accounting groups.

    Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer any assistantships as a part of our program. Scholarships offered through the program are available to allow students without regard to citizenship.

  • Admissions Events

    The best way to find out if SMU Cox is the right school for you is to visit us in Dallas. You can come for an information session, or schedule a day to talk with an admissions officer, take a campus tour and sit in on a class. If you're unable to come to Dallas, opt for an off-campus event or virtual visit that will give you a window on our world and let you get answers to your questions.

    To request a campus visit, please call 214-768-1214 or email msainfo@smu.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Oct. 15, 2018

    Round 1: Early admissions & scholarship consideration

  • Dec. 3, 2018

    Round 2

  • Jan. 7, 2019

    Round 3: Deadline for Scholarship Consideration

  • Mar. 4, 2019

    Round 4: Final deadline for international applicants

  • Apr. 29, 2019*

    Round 5
    *Rolling admissions following April 29, 2019