Admission deadlines: Fall and Summer:
Round 1 - 1/15
Round 2 - 4/1
Round 3 - 5/15
Standardized test scores: Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required. May be waived for applicants with (1) a bachelor's GPA of 3.25 or higher or (2) significant, applicable professional work or military experience.
Recommendations required: One recommendation.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission. International applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must have them professionally translated and notarized, and submit both copies into the application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.
Additional requirements: A current resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements. PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:
- Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
- Academic PTE: 68

*Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
The GW School of Business
Attn: Graduate Admissions
2201 G Street, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 15 credits in elective courses.

Preparatory courses
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ACCY 6101Financial Accounting3
or ACCY 2001 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MBAD 6235Finance0,3
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy1.5
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
Students that have not completed these courses prior to matriculation may be able to take them concurrent with the program requirements.
ACCY 6104Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCY 6105Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCY 6201Accounting for Internal Decision Making0,1.5
ACCY 6202Advanced Strategic Cost Management0,1.5
ACCY 6301Contemporary Auditing Theory3
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Data Analytics for Accounting)0,3
15 credits in elective courses.At least 3 credits of electives must be taken from accountancy (ACCY) courses.

Students who intend to take the C.P.A. examination should be aware that the coursework required for admission to the examination varies from state to state. Students are advised to consult the Board of Accountancy for the state in which they plan to take the examination and choose electives that meet that state’s requirements.

In addition, students must fulfill preparatory courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, micro- or macroeconomics, and statistics.

Preparatory courses may be waived without substitution for other coursework. Required classes, except for ACCY 6201 and ACCY 6202, may be waived with substitution for other coursework for students who: 

  • Have already completed these courses with a minimum grade of B-
  • Have taken these courses at an AACSB - accredited institution
  • Have taken these courses within five years prior to the first semester of enrollment into the program

Students should consult with the advisor concerning course substitution.