Accounting Program Admission

There is an admission process for undergraduate and graduate programs in the Accounting Department. 

Apply for Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Undergraduate students complete the College of Business admissions process to be accepted into the Accounting Department. 

Apply for the Master of Professional Accounting Program

Before you can be considered for admission into the Accounting Department, you must first apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at WSU. 

MPA Admission Requirements

You must have completed a baccalaureate degree with either: 

  • an overall minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework

Applicants must have earned at least a “C” grade in undergraduate coursework for: 

  • intermediate managerial/cost accounting
  • intermediate financial accounting
  • principles of taxation
  • auditing
  • accounting information systems

Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Students

You may seek Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Student status to enroll in graduate courses but not pursue a graduate degree at Winona State.

A maximum of 12 graduate credits earned as a Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Student may be accepted into a degree program upon recommendation of the academic department.

Admission as a graduate non-degree seeking student does not mean guaranteed admission to a graduate degree program. You must still meet all admission requirements and formally apply to WSU Graduate Studies and the Master of Professional Accounting program. 

How to Apply

Once admitted to Graduate Studies, you’ll need to complete the MPA program application.

You are not eligible to apply for the MPA program if you are not admitted to WSU’s School of Graduate Studies yet.

In addition to completing the MPA application, you also need to email the following application materials to

  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Statement of Professional Goals: In 1,000 words or less, discuss your motivation for pursing the MPA and how your past work and/or experiences will help you achieve success in this rigorous program
Conact the Accounting Department
Bill Ortega
Department Chair

Somsen 323B


Email Bill Ortega
Jodi Olson
MPA Program Director

Somsen 323E

Email Jodi Olson