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Admission to the graduate programs of the Brennan School of Business is open to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field with an appropriate general education component from an accredited institution. An undergraduate course in Financial Accounting is required for admission to the MSA program with a grade of B or better. No GMAT or GRE is required.

The Admission Committee ordinarily bases its decision on:

  • The applicant’s total academic record
  • Two recommendations (from a current or past employer, professor or professional colleague)
  • The applicant’s personal statement and resume*

Students start the MSA program at the beginning for the fall semester. All application materials for U.S. students should be submitted at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which the student desires admission. Students may apply online.

*Resume, personal statement and recommendation letters must be submitted as PDFs.

For additional information on the Brennan School's programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Prerequisite Course

An undergraduate (3-credit-hour) course in financial accounting is required for full admissions to the MSA. Applicants may be provisional accepted and start the MSA program in the fall, on the condition they successfully complete ACCT101. Applicants can take the course at any accredited institution, including Dominican University. Students must achieve a B grade or better.

Transfer of Credit

Students who have completed relevant graduate courses at another accredited institution prior to matriculation at Dominican may transfer up to six semester hours of credit toward the MBA or MSA degree. All transfer credits are subject to approval and no transfer credit will be awarded unless an official transcript is provided showing that a grade of B or better was achieved. All transfer credit decisions are subject to final approval by the admission committee in consultation with the university registrar. 

International Students

International students requiring an I-20 or DS 2019 may not apply, since this program is offered primarily online.

Returning for a Second Degree

Students currently enrolled in one of the degree programs in the Brennan School of Business who wish to apply for a second degree must submit a new application and a new personal statement. All other required documentation such as transcripts, recommendation letters, GMAT or GRE, and TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted for the first degree will be presented with the new materials to the Admission Committee for review.

Brennan School of Business alumnae/i seeking a second degree must submit a new application, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Transcripts, graduate admission test scores, and English proficiency test scores used to evaluate the original application will be presented with the new materials to the Admission Committee for review. International students seeking to continue or return for a second degree must also submit a current financial statement (pdf) in addition to the other documents specified. Students are subject to degree requirements in effect the first semester they attend classes after being accepted for the second degree program..

Student-at-Large Status

An applicant wishing to enroll as a student-at-large, rather than as a degree-seeking student, must submit a student-at-large application and official transcripts. Student-at-large status is permissible for one semester only and for a maximum of six-credit hours. International students are not eligible to apply for student-at-large status.

Student Referrals

Current students are encouraged to refer to the Brennan School of Business other qualified individuals interested in a graduate business degree. If the referred person is accepted and matriculates into a Brennan School of Business graduate program, the referring student may be eligible for textbook reimbursement of up to $500 in the first semester of the new student’s enrollment. The referring student must be identified on the new student’s application to be eligible and the referring student may receive credit for only one new student per semester.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age marital status or sexual orientation.

Students with Special Needs

Accommodations and Disability Access can provide information regarding services for students with special needs. Students needing these services are encouraged to meet with the coordinator prior to enrollment.