Admission Requirements

In general, a student seeking admission into the graduate program should meet the following requirements:

  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.000; or 3.000 in upper-level coursework
  • Undergraduate Accounting GPA of 3.000 (or equivalent as determined by the Accountancy Admissions Committee)
  • Two letters of recommendation (for non-College of Charleston students only)
  • Statement of motivation for graduate study and professional goals
  • Interview
  • A TOEFL score of 100 or higher (international applicants only)

For the Accelerated Accountancy Graduate Program Option, undergraduates are required to have a minimum 3.200 overall GPA and a 3.0 accounting major GPA. All other admission requirements apply.

The following undergraduate coursework is required:

Business prerequisite courses for the Accountancy Graduate Program
Business Law (Legal Environment of Business)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Business Statistics
Business Finance
Management and Organizational Behavior
Marketing Concepts

Accounting prerequisite courses for the Accountancy Graduate Program
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Cost Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Intermediate Financial Accounting III
Federal Taxation

Prerequisites may be taken at institutions other than the College of Charleston provided that those institutions are AACSB accredited. In cases where courses have been completed at non-AACSB institutions, the Accountancy Graduate Committee will determine whether the coursework should be accepted as of sufficient quality for admission.

Applicants who fail to meet any of the above general admission criteria may submit a letter of appeal to the Accountancy Admissions Committee explaining their individual circumstances. While the GMAT or GRE are not required, an acceptable score may be submitted to assist the Committee in evaluating the suitability of an applicant for admission who does not strictly meet the requirements.