MSA Admission Criteria

The following represent minimum academic qualifications and admission criteria. The CBA reserves the right to admit fewer applicants than those meeting the minimum criteria.  In limited cases, applicants who do not meet all the minimum admission criteria may be reviewed by the Admission Committee for the program, who may offer a ‘special admission’ recommendation to the Dean, or the Dean’s designee, for a final admission decision.

Minimum Academic Qualifications

  •  Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)  
  •  Standardized test: GMAT or GRE   
    • A minimum percentile of 30% for overall, verbal, and quantitative scores is required from those with less than 5 years of professional work experience   
    • Test scores are considered valid for 5 years from the test date   
    • Test requirement may be waived for those who meet one or more of the following:    
      • Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution    
      • Are currently a student in a doctoral program at an accredited institution    
      • Earned an undergraduate business degree at Sacramento State with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better    
      • Earned an undergraduate business degree at an AACSB accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better 
      • Currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)    
      • Credentialed as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)    
      • Have 10 years of valid and documented professional and managerial experience
  •  International students must obtain a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS  score of 6.5

Additional Information Used for Admission Decisions

    •  Letters of recommendation  
    • Personal statement addressing purpose of application  
    • Employment history (Resume or CV)


Additional criteria to demonstrate potential success of the applicant may be considered to provide admission to the program.  These include the applicant’s potential contribution to learning experience in the program, maturity and motivation, ability and willingness to commit the required time and energy to the program, community service and professional activities, and support of an applicant’s employment organization.

The average GMAT score for admitted applicants is: Total score 585

The average GPA for admitted applicants is: 3.2 GPA

The proof for passing the CPA exam must be evidenced by one of the following:

  • Unlicensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA exam grade report sent by the State Board of Accountancy or
  • Licensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA license.