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Accounting - MS

The program develops students’ competencies in both accounting and those technical, analytical, and communication skills needed to become innovative problem solvers in public accounting firms as well as small businesses, non-profit organizations, and major corporations.

In this full-time, fast-track program, students with an undergraduate accounting degree, earn their advanced degree from an AACSB-accredited institution in less than 1 year. A 2-year program is available for non-accounting majors. An option is also available for non-business majors. This program meets the requirements of accounting licensing boards in all U.S. states that have adopted the 150 hour requirement.

Our excellent career placement record is evidence of the recognized abilities of our MS Accounting graduates. Recent graduates have accepted positions at firms such as: BerryDunn; Baker Newman Noyes; Caron & Bletzer; Deloitte; Ernst and Young; Howe, Riley & Howe; Johnson and Johnson, Inc; KPMG; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts; Liberty Mutual; Melanson Heath & Company; Nathan Wechsler; Price Waterhouse Coopers; and Tonneson and Company.

Paul College takes you beyond the diploma track, to a place of leadership and career competence in the business world. The faculty serve as mentors to our students. Study in a modern, advanced, and technology-enabled facility.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: November 15 (Early Decision); June 15 (regular admission)
  • Spring: November 15 (Accelerated Masters). October 15 (regular admissions). Applications considered on a case-by-case basis if space is available. Deadline extended to December 15
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: Contact Program

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: Case by case for ME

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Yes

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GMAT Required

The GMAT is required for admission to the MS Accounting program. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Our CEEB code is 3918. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photocopies of scores are not considered official. To register for the exam or for more tools to help you prepare for the exam, please visit the Graduate Management Admissions Council homepage.

If you are a current UNH undergraduate accounting options student, or an accounting undergraduate student from another AACSB-accredited English speaking business school, or you hold an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited English speaking business school and meet one of the following conditions below, please e-mail hollie.dutton@unh.edu requesting a GMAT waiver: Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher or Accounting Option GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Applicants to the Accounting Program must provide answers to these specific questions: 1) Do you believe your college grades reflect your ability? Explain. 2) Describe a situation in which you have had to assume a significant responsibility. What effect did that situation have on your personal development? 3) What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses and how do you expect graduate study to affect them? 4) Discuss your long range objectives and the ways in which your planning has been influenced by past academic or work experiences. Additionally, please discuss the anticipated benefits you hope to gain from graduate education. *Optional: Provide any additional information which you feel should be considered by the Admission Committee.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


A resume is required.

Important Notes:

A current resume is optional but strongly recommended. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.