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  • How do I schedule an appointment to meet with the MSACCY admission advisor?

    Advising appointments are held in person* or via Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams during scheduled office hours. Please visit our Contact Us page for information on how to schedule an appointment.

    *Due to recent changes in operations at the University of Houston in regards to COVID-19, the Professional Accounting Advising Office is working remotely. We are fully operational remotely and still have access to email, as well as availability to hold remote appointments.

  • Is the MSACCY program a full time or part time program?

    Bauer's MSACCY program provides students with the opportunity to study full time or part time. Most courses are offered one day a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there are a few 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. course options.

    Full time students can take more credit hours each semester and complete degree requirements in a shorter period of time.

  • Does the program have any academic prerequisites?

    Yes, please visit the MSACCY Prerequisites page to view a complete list of prerequisites.

  • Are there summer classes?

    Yes, the MSACCY required core courses are offered each semester and accounting electives are offered according to professor availability.

    The Application Process
  • Which of the admissions criteria are most important?

    Admissions decisions are made based upon the application package as a whole. While strengths vary from one applicant to another, the MSACCY program seeks students who combine strong academic aptitude and quantitative analytical aptitude.

  • Why is it beneficial to apply early?

    All applications are carefully considered and in some cases additional information is needed before a decision is reached. Thus, applying well before the deadline date will allow ample time in case further information is needed. Additionally, applying early allows incoming students time to secure housing, financial aid, and student visas (if applicable) well before the start of the semester.

  • I may not be able to complete all parts of the MSACCY application by the deadline. Will the committee allow an exception?

    No exceptions are permitted. Incomplete applications are not reviewed by the committee. All parts of the application, including official test scores and all official transcripts, must be submitted by deadline.

    Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation
  • I am a current or former UH main campus student; do I need to submit transcripts?

    If UH main campus has your most up-to-date official transcripts from all other institutions attended, the transcripts do not have to be resubmitted.

    In addition, current or former UH main campus students do not have to submit UH main campus transcripts.

  • Will I be able to monitor the progress of my Letters of Recommendation (eLORs)?

    Applicants may view the status of their Letters of Recommendation by logging into the "Manage your Recommenders" section of the application portal.

  • What if I need to resend my request to the recommender?

    Applicants may send reminders to their recommenders via the application portal. Only requests pending recommendations can be resent.

  • Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived?

    UH main campus graduates may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

    Additionally, GMAT/GRE can be waived for applicants who hold a terminal doctoral degree, including MD, JD, or PhD, from UH main campus or any other regionally-accredited domestic institution. For more information, please visit the UH Graduate Catalog.

    Testing Closures Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
    GMAT/GRE waivers are available for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 (subject to review and approval by admissions committee). For more information, email:

  • What is the minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?

    The MSACCY program does not have a minimum score requirement, but the average GMAT score of those recently admitted is 550. Scores significantly below the average decreases the probability of acceptance.

    The MSACCY program started accepting GRE scores more recently and we do not have an average score at this time.

  • If I take the GMAT/GRE more than once, are my scores averaged?

    No, the admission decision will be based on your highest score.

  • I completed the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); however, did not request the scores to be sent to University of Houston (UH). What should I do?

    Access the official GMAT website and request the scores to be reported to UH, school code XT1-26-67.

  • How can I prepare for the GMAT exam?

    Bauer College of Business offers a GMAT prep course.

  • How many years are GMAT/GRE scores considered valid?

    Scores are valid for five (5) years.

    English Language Proficiency
  • Can the English language proficiency requirement be waived?

    UH policy for the English language proficiency requirement cannot be waived unless the applicant meets guidelines for an exemption.

    For more information about requirements or exemptions, please visit the UH Graduate School's English Language Proficiency Requirements webpage.

  • Although my education was completed overseas, I am now a U.S. permanent resident. Will UH waive the English language proficiency requirement?

    The English language proficiency requirement applies to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must meet one of the listed exemptions to be waived from this requirement.

  • For how many years are English language proficiency scores considered valid?

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Duolingo English Test, and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are valid for two (2) years.

  • If I take an English language proficiency exam more than once, are my scores averaged?

    No, the admission decision will be based on your highest score.

    What to Expect After Acceptance
  • I completed an online excel skills assessment for one of my previous courses, am I required to do it again?

    Yes, our excel training program is unique to the MSACCY program. Thus, the projects included in the online Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is not the same material covered in your prior courses.

  • What is the cost associated with the mandatory excel skills testing?

    The SAM online course is only $60 plus tax and our program is offered at a significant discount compared to the manufacturer's regular price.

  • I was a UH main campus undergraduate student, am I required to attend orientation?

    Yes, the orientation for new MSACCY students is program specific and will cover topics that differ from UH freshman orientation.

  • I do not currently reside in the Houston area, am I required to meet with my advisor?

    Yes, all new students are required to meet with their advisor for initial advising. If you are not currently in the Houston area, you can schedule a virtual appointment with your advisor or meet in-person upon your arrival to Houston. An advisor hold preventing enrollment will be placed on each new student's account and will not be removed until a student has completed this requirement.