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Admission Requirements

Business prerequisite courses for the Accountancy Graduate Program*
Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Business Finance
Management and Organizational Behavior
Marketing Concepts
Accounting prerequisite courses for the Accountancy Graduate Program*
Principles of Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Cost Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Intermediate Financial Accounting III
Federal Taxation

*Pre-requisites may be taken at institutions other than College of Charleston provided that the institutions are accredited by the AACSB. In cases where these courses have been completed at non-AACSB institutions, the Graduate Committee will determine if the institutions are adequately accredited on a case-by-case basis. 

Q&As on Admission Requirements

Must I have an undergraduate degree in accounting to get into the Accountancy program?
No. However, a student must have a Bachelor's degree and completed prerequisite courses in business and accounting (see above) before applying to the Accountancy program. Students who have not completed the prerequisites should contact Dr. Roger Daniels, Program Director, to discuss the steps necessary to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements.

Foreign students who have not completed the required prerequisite courses or earned a degree equivalent to a U.S.  Bachelor's Degree should consider completing these at the College of Charleston or another AACSB accredited university.

If I don't have the pre-requisite accounting courses, can I take them at the College of Charleston?
Yes. During the time period in which students are taking prerequisites, they are considered non-degree seeking undergraduates. Upon completion of the prerequisites, the Graduate Committee will consider their application to the Accountancy Program.

What should my GMAT score be?
Generally, our students earn combined scores on Math and Verbal around the 50th percentile or better (above 520). The average GMAT score for students admitted to the program is generally between 555-585. The GRE exam is not acceptable. GMAT scores must be no more than five years old.

What should my undergraduate GPA be?
Generally, your overall and accounting GPAs should be at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to the Accountancy program is generally around 3.4.

Meeting GPA and GMAT minimums does not guarantee admission as the Graduate Committee takes several non-quantitative criteria into account as it makes admission decisions.

What should my computer-based TOEFL or IELTS score be (Applicable only to foreign students without a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an educational institution in the United States)?
The minimum accepted TOEFL score is 100 on the new, internet-based version (250 on the CAT version & 600 on the paper exam).

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