Master of Science Degree in Accountancy
Step-by-Step Application Overview
Below you will find an informal outline to the process of preparing and submitting the required materials for application for admission to the UST MS in Accountancy Degree (MSA) program.
Our goal is for the UST MSA admissions process to be very consultative – we appreciate your questions about the program details and encourage active communication during the admissions process. We prefer to get to know you personally, and for you to become familiar with our program and expectations, so we can both determine if the fit is right.
Step 1: Attend an Information Session or meet with an MSA admissions professional (if you haven’t already)
This is a chance for you to see the facilities, get a feel for the campus and learn more about the UST MSA program.
Is this program the right choice for you? The presentation will include details about our students, curriculum, faculty, admissions process, GMAT information and preparation. MSA Information Sessions are held during fall and spring semesters. See our Visit Us page for scheduled events.
If you do not live in the area, please feel free to establish communications with the MSA office by calling us or sending an email with your questions. We are also happy to schedule a campus/classroom visit.
Step 2: Start GMAT preparation early, plan your study
Most busy students don’t have a ton of time to study, but they also underestimate the challenge of the GMAT. This is why having a study plan and adequate time set aside for GMAT prep is important. Some applicants can do it in 30 total hours; others might need 50-plus. Some can fit this time in over a month, others might need two or three months to fit in adequate study time. The most successful GMAT takers aren’t scrambling to beat a deadline and know what to expect during the actual exam because they completed several full-length computer-based practice tests. Learn more about the GMAT and how to prepare.
Your GMAT scores will be sent to us electronically about 7-10 days after you sit for the exam. The average for admitted students is about 560.
Step 3: Complete online application form and upload your personal materials (résumé and essays)
The online application module collects your basic contact and background information as well as your application fee, résumé and essay responses. Your professional résumé provides the admissions committee increased detail on your experience, accomplishments, and history. Your Personal Statement offers more insight on your character, motivation and career aspirations, as well as the quality and organization of your written communication. Take some time to think through and organize your responses, and clearly articulate them. Have a friend or colleague proof-read your initial drafts and provide critical feedback.
After you open your online application, your admissions file is assigned to an admissions professional in the MSA program who will act as your point-of-contact throughout the process. We will support your effort to build a strong application file while helping you learn more about the program. Engage with this person early and often! It helps us to personally know a candidate’s background, goals, and motivations when a file is presented to the admissions committee. Begin your online application.
Step 4: Request supporting materials from appropriate sources (transcripts, letters of recommendation)
Your academic records and letters of recommendation may be generated and sent by third parties, making their delivery timeline somewhat out of your control. Transcripts are required from all institutions where you have completed undergraduate or graduate coursework. One exception is that we do not require a transcript for coursework taken at the University of St. Thomas. Transcripts can often take 7-10 days to arrive from the time of request. It is a good idea to request them early to allow for the lag in processing and delivery time. International applicants must allow considerable additional time (4-6 weeks) to make arrangements to obtain these documents. For this reason, we invite persons with Non-U.S. degrees to apply by the January deadline for the following July start.
Your busy accounting professors and employment supervisors who eagerly agree to write a letter in support of your UST MSA application often need 1-3 weeks to generate and send your letter and sometimes may “forget” the task. In the online application module, you will have the opportunity to send an email to your references offering them instructions on how to submit their letters. You may choose to download this PDF form to provide the same information to them in person. Respecting their time and busy schedules (and giving them adequate warning to meet the application deadlines) will ensure your supporting materials are received in a timely manner. All letters must submitted directly to the admissions office via email to email@example.com or by mail to the address on the form. Download forms for transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Step 5: Complete your “personal” materials (résumé and personal statement)
Your professional résumé gives the admissions committee increased detail on your experience, accomplishments, and background. The Personal Statement you submit provides more insight on your character, motivation and career aspirations, as well as the quality and organization of your written communication. Take some time to think them through and present them professionally. Have a friend proof-read each and provide feedback. Both documents (résumé and personal statement) must be uploaded on your online application in order to complete your application submission.
Step 6: Track your file to completion
The online application module tracks your completion and you will receive auto-generated emails to keep you informed of your application file status. Please contact your admissions professional or our office with any questions or concerns.
Step 7: Admissions Interview
Application files are reviewed in batches determined by deadlines, which you can review below. As each of these deadlines approaches, a decision is made based on your application materials as to whether or not you will be invited to participate in a required face-to-face Admissions Interview. Interviews are available by invitation only. A representative of the Admissions Committee will contact you via e-mail or phone to schedule an interview.
In some cases, a video conference interview will be arranged with the applicant.
Not all applicants are invited to interview, in which case, a decision is made and a letter will be sent at this time with the final decision.
Step 8: Receive a final decision following an Admissions Interview
Every effort is made to provide a timely decision. Within 14 days of your interview, the Admissions Committee will make its final decision, and an official letter will be mailed to the address which you have supplied.
When to Apply
The UST Master of Science Degree in Accountancy program starts processing applications a year in advance. We encourage interested and qualified applicants to apply as early as possible.
For the cohort which will start July 2014:
January 10, 2014 - Final Deadline for non-U.S. degrees
After January 10, applications with U.S. degrees will be reviewed as they are completed through May 2, 2014 - Final Deadline
For the cohort which will start July 2015:
READ (Really Early Applicaton Deadline) is March 14, 2014.
Priority Review Deadline is August 15, 2014.
All applicants may submit complete applications for review by one of the following dates:
September 12, 2014
November 7, 2014
January 9, 2015 - Final Deadline for non-U.S. degrees
After January 9, applications will be reviewed as they are completed through May 1, 2015 - Final Deadline
Find out if the MSA program is a good fit for you. Schedule a classroom/campus visit. You can contact our office to arrange to meet students and staff, sit in on a class and tour the campus. Phone calls are also welcome - call Cathy Davis at (651) 962-4114.